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Em Hotep, everyone!

I'm planning a huge offering to the Netjeru to thank them for a recent miracle. A friend of mine who was given only two hours to live was saved at the last minute.
I asked Them to help her, and promised in return, I would make a huge offering on the same day every year, and never doubt their existence again.

So, in light of this event, I need help. I know a few outlines of food and drink offerings for my parents and beloveds, but I'd really like some help assembling what I can for this offering.

I would like the offering to be made primarily to Ra and Wepwawet-Yinepu, being my parents, but also to thank my beloveds, Djehuty and Bast.
Can anyone tell me what food and drink would be suitable for them all?
I've heard Ra likes citrus fruit, especially lemon, as well as honey, and that Yinepu likes red meat, shellfish and chocolate.
I've also heard bread, wine, beer and cool water work as good all-purpose offerings for most gods.

Are there any more food/drink items that Ra and Yinepu would appreciate? Is there anything too that I can offer to Bast, Djehuty and Wepwawet?

Thanks in advance, and Dua Netjer for this blessed day!

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Em Hotep, everyone!

So I wanted to share my feelings on something and get your opinions back, if that's okay :)

Recently I've found myself with little or no compulsion to prayer, either formally or informally. I'm not sure why, and I only recently had my RPD, so now of all times it feels weird to not feel any motivation to pray or talk to Netjer.
But today a memory came back to me of my early days with KO, when someone told me that the greatest way we can worship Netjer is by showing thanks for our existence, and the greatest way to do that is to put it to good use. Prayer is all good and fine, but the best way to worship is simply to be happy, to enjoy the lives we've been given.

Though I may not have felt a need to pray recently, I still find myself taking my faith into account every time I have a moral dilemma. Is this what Netjer wants me to do? Am I being a good Kemetist by doing this?
And though I haven't spoken directly and in-depth with Ra in weeks, I still feel Him and my other gods are near me whenever I'm happy, whenever I'm enjoying myself, whatever it may be I'm doing that brings me happiness.

So perhaps it is true that you can worship simply by living a good life, enjoying yourself, and maintaining a good moral code. Perhaps those things are a form of prayer in themselves, though much less direct.
And perhaps, if I don't feel  the need to pray, I shouldn't feel impious for it if I'm still basing my moral decisions on Ma'at.

I know each of us will experience Netjer in different ways, as is part of Their wisdom. So what's the consensus on this idea that direct prayer isn't so important if you feel you can connect better through deeds rather than words?

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Still a Remetj?
« on: March 05, 2016, 02:17:15 pm »
Em Hotep, everyone.

I'm a little confused as to how this works. As some of you might remember, I got my RPD recently, and chose to become a Shemsu with the name M'aqanitui.

The thing is, I'm still listed as a Remetj here on the forums. I assumed it would change automatically, like it did before, but I'm still listed as a Remetj.
Is there something I need to do to change it?

Thanks in advance.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Bast and Sensuality
« on: February 14, 2016, 12:47:11 am »
Em Hotep, everyone!

First and foremost, I just wanna say that I couldn't think of a better word than "sensuality", but I have heard that in addition to Her role as protector of the home, Bast has some associations with pleasure and sensuality (not necessarily sexual, just sort of in general).

How much truth is there to this? And if there is some, what is the extent of it? How does this association come up and how is it, for lack of better words, practised or explored?

Naturally I'm not following on from the depiction of Bast as a moon goddess of sex and drugs, but the impression I get is that there's at least some form of hedonism to Her. Can anyone fill me in on this?

Thanks in advance!

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Cursing the Uncreated
« on: January 07, 2016, 01:34:14 am »
A little while ago, someone told me that we never say ap/ep's name out loud or spell it out properly unless we're cursing it.
Since I heard that, I've been wondering. How exactly does one curse the ap/ep? Is it something anyone can do, or is it something you really don't want to do unless you know exactly what you're doing? Can it only be done at specific times or in specific ways?

Also, speaking of the ap/ep, I have another question. If the ap/ep is our great enemy, the big bad of our faith, and whatnot, why was there an ancient pharaoh named after it? I'm talking here about Apepi, ruler of Lower Egypt in the 16th Century BCE.

Thanks in advance for any helpful answers. :)

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[PUBLIC] All Things Egypt: Ancient & Modern History and Culture / Akhenaten
« on: December 20, 2015, 10:30:25 am »
So here's something I've been thinking about, Akhenaten, yay or nay?

From what I gather, his whole "stop worshiping the gods and start worshiping me" gimmick made him very unpopular back in the day. And while I can't imagine his reputation may have made a full and total recovery since then, I just wanted to clear the air about him before I start talking to people about him from a Kemetist standpoint.

So to cut a long story short, Akhenaten, misunderstood ray of sunshine, dirty heretic, or somewhere in-between?

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Approaching Wesir
« on: December 06, 2015, 12:23:36 am »
Em Hotep, everyone.

I've been curios about approaching Wesir for a little while now, but not really gotten around to it. Well, last night, I had a dream about Him. I can't remember exactly what the dream involved, but I do remember it was about Him. I'd say that's probably a good enough sign to at the very least start talking to Him.[

So can anyone here tell me anything I should know about Wesir? His personality, likes and dislikes, preferred offerings etc?

And a slightly awkward question, but how exactly is "Wesir" pronounced? Is it wess-er or wess-ear?

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Anubis and Mummification
« on: December 03, 2015, 01:58:51 pm »
Not sure if this belongs here or in the Netjeru section, but oh well.

As I said in a previous forum post, I'm making a documentary for my history degree course on dispelling myths about the Kemetic gods.

I have a couple of questions about Anubis and mummification that I could really use some help with, if anyone's able :)

I've heard a suggestion that the ancients believed mummification was essential for passing on into the afterlife, since the body needed to be whole and preserved for the soul to enter Aaru. Is this true, or is it another misconception?
I've also heard that the reason for the mummification process is because it's how Anubis preserved Wesir's body, and "if it's good enough for the gods, it's good enough for us" was the reason it became a mortal practice. Is this also true?

Is it also true that people who performed mummification wore Anubis masks?

Thanks in advance for any information.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Dispelling Misconception
« on: December 01, 2015, 01:57:33 am »
For my University course, I have to make a short 5-minute documentary on a topic of my choosing. My brother, my friend and I have decided to do it on dispelling common misconceptions about Kemetic deities.
We're going to start by tackling the pop culture depiction of Anubis and Set as evil, and highlight their true natures. Then we're going to talk about the misconception about the Apep being the "God of Destruction" or whatever else. Then we're going to finish up by teaching people how to tell the difference between Heru and Ra (surely I'm not the only one who's noticed how many statues of them are being sold mislabeled on the internet).

My question here is that I could use as much information as I can on the true nature of these figures. If anyone knows stuff about them that they can tell me, I would really appreciate, and would gladly put you in the credits of the documentary (you can opt out of this, just say so in your reply if you don't want your name in the credits).
I know a fair amount about Heru and I'm very close with Ra, but I need to know as much as I can about Anubis, Set and the Apep.

Anubis, to me, comes across very warm and protective. Like, rather than inflicting death on you and taking your soul like pop culture would have you believe, I can see Him waiting for you on the other side with a blanket and some hot cocoa. A warm, comforting, reassuring guide through death rather than a cold-hearted bringer of it. Would anyone with more experience/familiarity with Anubis agree or disagree with this interpretation? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

As for Set, He comes across to me as a figure of strength through adversity. His chaos, to me, feels like the kind that forges you into a stronger person. Everything that occurs in your life, both good and bad, can be used to turn yourself into a better, stronger, more resilient person, and Set to me seems to embody this. He is strength through chaos. He is present in the adversity, but also in the power to overcome it, and the strength you gain from overcoming it. Would anyone with more experience/familiarity with Set agree or disagree with this interpretation?

And as for the Apep, it works neither for Ma'at or Isfet, but simply for nothingness. It isn't a god, a demon, a Netjeri or anything else, just a manifestation of the void, personified by mortals because it's easier to comprehend something with a name and a face. All it "wants", if it can be said to have desires, is to devour the Universe and end all of existence. Its presence is felt in loneliness, depression, hopelessness, despair and a lack of willpower to continue living. We overcome it by standing tall and staying strong, willing ourselves to continue fighting no matter what adversity comes up in our lives, and succumb to it by giving up.
Would anyone with more familiarity with the concept of the Apep agree or disagree with this interpretation?

I've probably got them all completely wrong, so I'd love some clarity before I make all this into a documentary. Any additional information on these three, any corrections to my interpretations, would be very much appreciated, and I will credit you in the documentary if you provide any information I end up using (please say so if you don't want to be in the credits).

Thank you in advance for any information.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Kemetic Hymns
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:27:53 am »
I've heard a lot of reference to hymns in antiquity. In Hemet's prayerbook, there are transcriptions of hymns from Ancient Egypt, and I've read from numerous sources that hymns were used to praise various deities.

My question is, how do we revive this practice? We have the lyrics, but since the music is lost to us, how do we recreate the practice of singing hymns? Do we just speak the lyrics like poetry, or is there anyone working to create new music to fit the lyrics?

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Set as the God of Foreigners
« on: November 22, 2015, 08:42:10 am »
I just saw someone on Reddit bring up that Set is often referred to as a God of, among many other things, foreigners.
I thought for a moment and came to a realisation about what this might mean. I was hoping someone more experienced with Set can help me see if I've got this right or completely misunderstood it.

The way I interpret this is rather than foreigners as in people from other countries, he's more a god of things that are foreign to us, as in the unknown.
Say, for example, you're exploring the Amazon rainforest and you discover an entirely new species of snake. At first glance, you can't tell if this snake is completely harmless or the most venemous snake in the entire world. Its nature is foreign to you, and your understanding of and interaction with the snake will therefore be rather chaotic as you won't know the best way to approach/avoid it.

Is this the sort of "foreignness" that Set is associated with, or am I entirely wrong here?

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As part of a project for University, I'm making a documentary on the history of Ra in mythology, lore and worship. This will cover old kingdom worship, the merging into Amun-Ra, and modern-day revival of Ra worship.

I was wondering if anyone here can provide me with some primary sources, or tell me some interesting facts I could include in the documentary. Thanks for any contribution, it all helps.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Spontaneous Worship
« on: November 13, 2015, 08:29:44 am »
Spontaneous worship was explained very well in the beginner class. The sudden urge at any moment to worship in some way or another depending on where you are and what you're doing feels much more meaningful to me than any routine.

I was hoping to get a discussion going about what kinds of spontaneous worship we often find ourselves doing. I personally like to say grace every so often, usually before treating myself to a special meal, and invite the Netjeru to share it with me. I also like to say good morning to the sun on days when the weather is particularly good, or I'm just in a good mood.

Anyone got any interesting forms of spontaneous worship they partake in that they'd like to share?

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / "Opening" a Shrine
« on: November 06, 2015, 03:33:48 am »
After a very long time, I've finally managed to get what I need together to set up a shrine. It should take me a little bit of time to fully assemble all the essential components, but in the meantime, I was hoping to ask.
When I want to start using my shrine, and officially declare its status as a shrine, how do I do that? Are there prayers/rituals I have to perform, or does it become a shrine as soon as I start using it as one?

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Songs of Praise
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:50:35 am »
Em Hotep, everyone!

Firstly, unrelated question, but I read on another website about a few Kemetic phrases I was hoping someone here could validate. Specifically, the phrases:
"Iau seper ti em hotep", being a longer and perhaps more formal version of our standard greeting, and secondly "Di ankh Ra mi djet" being some form of blessing of eternal life in the name of Ra. Can anyone here versed in the Kemetic language validate these phrases? I'd love to start using them, but I don't know if they're accurate or not. Thanks in advance! :)

And onto the main topic of this thread, I LOVE expressing my faith through music. I've found "He Lives in You" from Lion King 2 to be a fantastic song to listen to while thinking about/worshipping the Netjeru. Does anyone else know any great songs that make them think of Netjer? That you can listen to or sing about Netjer as part of your worship?
I've been looking for some songs/hymns to sing to praise Ra with, but I can't find any particularly fitting except the one I already said. Does anyone know any more good ones? Again, thanks in advance! :D

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