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Hey all, I've been reading Jan Assmann's 'The Search for God in Ancient Egypt' and I'm loving it thus far.  I've read Naydler's 'Temple of the Cosmos' which is great but doesn't seem to be fully rooted in ancient Egyptian thought processes.  That's obviously fine but I wanted to dig deeper and get a more academic perspective.  Anyway, I came across a section on laments and apocalyptic prophecy.  Assmann cites the Hermetic text 'Asclepius' written in the 3rd or 4th century CE (I think?) and its apocalyptic prophecy (which is really quite poetic!).  He states that "the typically Egyptian association of cult and natural religion is nowhere made as explicit as in this text" and then went on to discuss common laments that were written presumably during the intermediate periods or thereabouts all the way back to the Old Kingdom.

Connecting the fear or trepidation of ancient Egyptians concerning the threat of distance between the gods and humanity to the concept of Ma'at was really enlightening to me.  He writes about the Egyptians' perspective of "a world that humankind had rendered uninhabitable by offending against the harmony of a socially conceived reality, by contravening the principle of solidarity.  The principle of plentitude that made the world a flourishing paradise was Maat, 'Right.'  Its opposite devastated the world, because the gods renounced their dwelling, not only in the temples of the local dimension, but also in the life-giving powers of nature in the cosmic dimension."

I just found that to put such wonderful context to our practice and especially the work of w'abu and Hemet (AUS).  The cultivation of a relationship with Netjeru isn't so much about us individually but us collectively and the world in which we live, and in driving back apep or isfet.  It is a service of deep connection that makes this quilt of reality ever more interwoven and harmonious.  And that harmony (or lack thereof) can be thought to directly feed into the social sphere and vice versa.  Not that everyone who isn't doing senut or whatever is making the world worse but the very act of a prayer, sending good vibes, or even doing something charitable or friendly is a small piece of Ma'at in a world that desperately needs more of it.

Just some thoughts I had. :)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Hi again!
« on: April 11, 2018, 02:54:02 pm »
So, I was going to take the October beginners' class (I was accepted) and then I don't know what happened but everything just went kind of haywire and I never ended up participating.  It was frustrating since I'd done the same thing a couple of years ago.  :-[

I've re-applied for the June class and I'm hoping to be accepted into this one AND I'll actually participate because I genuinely regret letting it slip by me in the fall.  I figured I should re-introduce myself here in the meantime (hi! :P ) and I've been reading all across  the forums for the past few days and I'm currently reading Jan Assmann's 'The Search for God in Ancient Egypt' as well as a couple of other books.

I've mostly felt drawn to Amun vs. Amun-Ra, but I'm really into the whole hiddenness thing, can anyone clarify differences?  I've also been drawn to Bast-Mut (this was kind of out of left field and new for me but I've embraced it), Khonsu (again, not expected), Djehuty (per usual lol), and for some reason Sobek or Sobek-Ra.

I know that me being drawn to these deities doesn't mean they'll show up in the RPD if I am able/choose to do that eventually, nor does it mean if they don't show up that me being drawn to them is somehow a mistake.  Just thought I'd throw it out there in case anyone wants to share their thoughts!

I plan to start doing senut soon since I have a copy of 'The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook.'  One of my greatest weaknesses is treating everything from a sort of academic viewpoint and practice goes lacking.  I'd really like to focus heavily on practice and engaging with you all here so I don't let the class slip by me. :)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Hello everyone!
« on: September 24, 2017, 03:21:46 pm »
Hi!  Just wanted to introduce myself - my browser remembered my username and password for the forum so I guess I signed up way back and never posted anything.  :P

My name is Matt, I live in Northwest Louisiana, I have an obsession with religious studies, video gaming, and sci-fi/fantasy/horror anything, and I just really like wine.  I originally applied for the beginner's class some time ago but never followed through so I've gone ahead and applied again for the class starting in October.  It's a REALLY long story about what happened in between - think recovering monotheist - but suffice to say I finally feel ready to at least learn after having processed my experiences and doubts.  I've been lurking the forum and reading a bunch of tumblrs and wordpress blogs connected to Kemetic Orthodoxy so that's been fun.  I'm also collecting the few supplies and things I need for Senut.

And speaking of, I do already have some sort of interest in or connection with Wesir I think (it's very hard to describe, super subtle and faint).  I may have a connection with Sobek or Sobek-Ra and potentially Bast-Mut, but again it's very hard to describe.  And I've always been drawn to Djehuty.  I know starting out it's encouraged to leave our options wide open but I have a Wesir statue and a candle to Ma'at and Djehuty on the way - would I be fine using these for Senut?  I figured I could put Wesir on my akhu shrine (once I get that up) and the candles can honestly go anywhere if I should leave them off at first - I could always dedicate them to it later.  Just curious what y'all might think.

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