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Em hotep, y’all!

I’ve recently read The Shipwrecked Sailor, and I’ve got some thoughts on it I’d like to share. I would love to hear what you think about the text! You can find a copy of the text here: https://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/ancient/2200shipwreck.asp

Quick summary of the story:
The story opens with the now-rescued sailor recounting his story of the shipwreck to another who appears to have been worn down by the sailor wanting to share this story.
The sailor tells him that he was stranded on an island after a storm which had overturned a boat filled with other strong sailors who claimed to be sure about the future weather. On this island, the stranded sailor comes across a protective and otherworldly snake. This snake allows the sailor to stay in peace for 4 months, after which he will be rescued.
During this time, the snake tells the sailor that the snake had come home one day to find his family destroyed. The snake urges the sailor to return home and embrace his own family after he is rescued.
The sailor promises to bring the snake wonderful treasures for the snake’s help, but the snake tells the sailor that he will be unable to return. Before the sailor leaves, the snake gifts him a trove of treasures to bring back to the Pharaoh. The snake tells the sailor, “Become a wise man, and you shall come to honor.”

So, I find quite a bit that I’m able to take away from this story.

First, the importance of family—particularly since we cannot predict the future.
The shipwrecked sailor is urged to return home and hold his family close, and the snake shares this because the snake has gained this wisdom from his own experience; the snake was unable to predict the destruction of his family and his own loss. The snake knows that one cannot rely on the future to always be good, so we must hold close our family.
However, while the divine snake was able to reassure the sailor that he would be able to return to his loving family and pass away peacefully in his own town, this snake was unable to predict the same for himself. Does this warn that the divine cannot predict their own future? In the text, the snake tells the sailor that Netjer decided to save this sailor for a reason—was the reason so that the snake would be able to pass on the wisdom he has gained to this sailor who could then pass it on back home?

Which leads me to my next point: the importance of sharing our own experiences. We cannot make some one listen, but we can still speak up and share our experiences/wisdom when relevant.
Because the snake sends the sailor off not only with wisdom, but with treasures for the Pharaoh, I think it is fair to make this connection: that wisdom is treasure to be passed on and shared. The snake does not allow the sailor the possibility to return since the island will disappear once the sailor leaves, so the snake’s only reward is to have been listened to and to have been given the opportunity to pass this on to the sailor. It is now up to the sailor to share—which, the story opens with the sailor recounting this story to a tired individual who doesn’t seem to care to listen. This is another reminder that we cannot expect an attentive audience. We may have our own experiences to share, and that is important, but we cannot force others to actually listen.

Wisdom comes from listening to others and learning from their own and our experiences.

Those are some thoughts I had while going over this text. I’d love to read your thoughts!

Health and love,
Embia

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[PRIVATE] Q&A / Interview of Rev Dr Tamara Siuda?
« on: September 21, 2020, 06:47:20 am »
Em hotep!

I’ve been browsing through archived AtN threads, and I saw mention of a History channel documentary which the Nisut was interviewed for. Is this video uploaded somewhere? Does someone have a YouTube link maybe? I’d like to watch it.

Thank you!
Senebty,
Ewe

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[PRIVATE] Q&A / Your First Senut
« on: August 17, 2020, 06:34:59 am »
For those who have had a chance to perform their first Senut, I’d love to hear about your experience as far as you’re comfortable sharing.

I performed Senut for the first time this last Friday—I was both nervous and excited. Making the natron and going through that purification process actually made me feel ready for ritual. Really though, it’s hard for me to describe how I actually felt after the bath other than “different” and “lighter.”

With the actual ritual, I felt clumsy and awkward, but I felt that way the first few times I did ritual as a practicing polytheist too. I wasn’t sure what to say once I got to the personal time part, so I ended up spending maybe 5-10 minutes there. I’d either blabber on (that’s just how it felt haha) for a few minutes, or I’d sit quietly and just try to focus on Netjer.

Reverting the offering, eating it during that time I think, was the most memorable part of Senut besides how the natron bath made me feel. That almost felt like I was sitting at Their table in a way.

So that was my first Senut. I won’t be able to perform Senut again for about a week, but I’d like to try adding in a moment for the Akhu next time  :)

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