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em hotep all,

I just wanted do recommend a podcast I've been listening to a lot in the last few weeks:

The Egyptian History Podcast by Dominic Perry

It tells the History of Egypt from the Early Dynastic times onward and is currently in the 19th dynasty (I think... I haven't caught up to the latest episodes yet) It focuses on the political and royal history, but dedicates some episodes to other topics as well.

There's kind of a story to how I discovered the Podcast.
It went like this... I was doing random searches on my podcast app, checking if I could find anything interesting about Egypt... or at least something so bad that it would serve as entertainment. And I stumbled about that one.
I started the first Episode, and it started out with a narrator setting the scene, speaking about warriors in the hot sands of the desert, about a victorious chieftain raising his stone-capped mace to strike down his enemy... and I was like "Yeah, well, that's the scene from the Narmer Palette you're describing, but that's a legend, that's not historically accurate" - and I was just about ready to discard it on the "entertaining but useless"-pile.
But then the narrator was done with his dramatic story and calmly stated "this story is a lie. Or rather, it's a legend..." and then delved in the actual archaeological  record of of Egypt's Early Dynastic period.
From that point on, I was enthralled...

So, in short, I love it. It's not only well researched and on top of the current Egyptological findings, it's also very well presented.
At least, for me it's easy to follow and understand, but of course I have a lot of background knowledge already. It may be more challenging to take in, if all this information is new.

What I like most: Dominic Perry is very sensitive of the Kemetic language and world view. He frequently quotes ancient texts by word. He introduces monuments by their Egyptian names as well as those we know today. For example, he spoke about the Deir el-Bahari temple as "Djeser-Djeseru" all the time. He also addresses the Gods and Kings by translations of their actual titles. Every time a king dies he speaks about him "passing into the west" or "joining with Osiris". And he went through several Episodes on Hatshepsut, calling her "king" while addressing her with the female pronoun. 

So, if you like podcasts and want to brush up on your knowledge of Egyptian kings and politics, I recommend you check it out.



[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Djehuty and the lunar Eclipse
« on: January 20, 2019, 02:17:46 pm »
em hotep,

I was rereading about what Nisut (AUS) commented on Eclipses, and I was also talking about Djehuty on a German discussion board. And I had some alternate thoughts on the lunar Eclipse. I was wondering if this makes any sense to you.

When we take the "vizier of Ra" story as the base. As in: When Ra drew back from the humans and had Nut lift him into the sky, he made Djehuty his vizier and vice king.
Therefore one can see the moon as the vizier of the sun. When the sun is away at night, the moon takes over and gives light and watches over us and is a guardian of Maat.

Now, astronomically, the moon is always in direct contact with the sun light. Even at New Moon the moon is being lit up by the sun, it's just that we cannot see it from the earth.
So, would it make sense to say that Djehuty is always "on duty"? As in, always in contact with his king and receiving sun light, always in the sky around the earth, always watching over and guarding Maat as Djehuty.
Also, reflecting light back to us and lighting up the night sky according to his phase.

The lunar eclipse, however, cuts the strings of this duty. Because what happens? - The moon enters into the shadow of the earth. For a few minutes, he is cut off from the sun.
Bad for Maat, and a dangerous moment, as it is outside of the regular rules and the established system.
BUT: Isn't Djehuty a trickster, too? One who sometimes ventures far from the light, since he seeks and gains access to hidden knowledge? One who is known to love mischief and who now and again bends the rules to suit his goals?

Cut off from the sun, he suddenly has this moment outside of duty, outside the system. Outside of time?
Instead, he is now in the shadow of Geb, the Earth. The oldest of the Kings, a God of a great fertility.
And on his other side, the dark depths of cosmos. Nun, containing all the potential of pre-creation.

So, could we consider that the lunar eclipse may not (just) be an attack on the Eye of Heru, but the well-laid plan of a master strategist? Gaining Djehuty a special moment away from his duty, and access to the vast creative and fertile powers of Geb and Nun...

So, anyway, I sure hope for a clear sky to see the eclipse tonight (or rather, in the early morning in Germany)



Em hotep,

One of my tutoring students could really use your help:
Simon is 16 years old and just now Starting 10th grade, his last year at school.
He plans to find a  trainee job after this - Germany has this dual system, where people work at a company part time and take related classes at a kind of college.

Most of his grades are okay, but he really struggles with English. And his grade average and English grade can have a lot of influence on the jobs he can hope to get, and thus his future...

He really wants to work hard this year, but he's lacking confidence in his abilities.
Of course I'm working with him on grammar and such, but it would be a real highlight for him to have a real English speaking person as a pen pal.

So would someone be interested in helping?
Requirements would be:
- you can write correct English - British spelling preferred, since that's what is taught in Germany, but AE would be ok.
- you are patient enough to deal with the basic English of a 16-year-old boy from a rural area (or young enough to relate to him?)
- you are prepared to write a short email about every two weeks, at least until Christmas, perhaps until May next year if it works out well

The topics would not have to be personal, you would talk about your hometown, about daily life in your country, favourite movies - things like that.
I would receive your email, print the text and give it to Simon in his tutoring lessons. He would write a response, with my help if required, which I then type up and send back.
You can of course feel free to cut me out as a go-between at some point if you feel so inclined :)

What do you think?



(Btw, if you still find weird mistakes in my text, that would be because the autocorrect on my mobile is set to German... )

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / The Celestial Cow - ritual?
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:44:51 am »
em hotep

OK, so we're getting ready for Moomas, and Marukay has been asking me about rituals for this festival.

Now I'm wondering about the original intention of the "Book of the Celestial Cow". It's one of the few long and detailed myths we have. But it was not written down as a storybook, to educate or entertain people. The text was written down in royal tombs, in connection to a painting of the celestial cow. And it is explicitly defined as a spell to be recited over the painting of the cow:

"This spell is to be recited over a cow
with the Heh gods (represented) on her chest,
and with the Heh gods who are behind her.
Her four legs are painted (as well as)
nine stars on her belly."
(thank you Emky, for posting the text in your blog!)

So, what it the purpose of this? What is the gain for the king buried in the tomb, does he want to be elevated like Re? Or does the myth just confirm Ma'at by describing the structure of the world and it's origins?
And more importantly: To paint a celestial cow and recite the text, is that a funerary thing? Or does it make sense to adopt that activity for a modern Moomas ritual?

I'd be delighted to hear your thoughts on this.




I have recently seen on TV an interview with an old woman. When she was young she was Hitler’s personal secretary during WWII. She said, I paraphase here:
“Well, after the war, we heard about all the terrible things that had happened, with the jews being murdered and everything. But I didn’t feel guilty then. I thought: I haven’t been part of THAT, I didn’t even know of all that.
A few years later, though, I heard about the Scholl siblings and then I started to doubt myself. Now I think: We COULD have known about the terrible things. It wasn’t such a well-kept secret. But we didn’t WANT to know, so we looked the other way.”

(For those who aren’t familiar with Sophie and Hans Scholl:

I discussed this with my wife, and we agreed that looking away and ignoring anything that makes us uncomfortable is a basic human trait.

Is it isfet?
If you don’t know of the evil being done, you’re not guilty, obviously. But what if you know? What if you even profit from and contribute to a system that does evil?

It’s something I struggle with everyday. Let me give you an example:
On Saturday I went to the supermarket, and I bought orange juice. My wife and I like orange juice.
I am also quite aware of the fact that most oranges used for juice are grown in Central and South America. The workers on most of those plantations earn so little that they can barely feed their kids, let alone send them to school. As a result, child labor is still wide-spread, in spite of the laws against it. Young children pick oranges to help their families survive. This involves coming into contact with pesticides, and carrying the heavy boxes to the trucks. They potentially ruin their health at a young age, and they don’t go to school, which ruins their chances on a better future.
Still, I knowingly buy the orange juice. And we wouldn’t have to drink orange juice, after all. Worse, I even know a Fair Trade Store that has orange juice. It would be much more expensive, but we could afford it.
I still buy the cheap stuff. I’m too lazy and too greedy to do otherwise. And my conscience bugs me constantly.

Another one:
I bought a pair of jeans from the cheap department store. I needed a new pair of trousers, and that one was comfortable and inexpensive. I also recently saw a documentary about a married couple in Bangladesh (I think it was Bangladesh). They sew jeans in a big factory, working 16 hours a day. She does seams, he does pockets, all day long. They live in a tiny room that looks like a prison cell and have to spend most of their wages on food. The little they have left they send home to their village, to their children, whom they see about once a year.

I could go on indefinitely, of course.
So what do you think? Do we act against Ma’at with our shopping habits? Or are we victims of a system that leaves us little choice and manipulates us with aggressive marketing?



[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Back once again
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:28:06 am »
Em hotep everybody

I would just like to give you a short update, since I haven't been active on the boards for quite some time:
Yes, I'm still out there, and still a Kemetic. It's just that I'm in not so focused on spiritual matters and faith right now, and pretty busy with my life, so you haven't heard from me.

Ma'en is a grown-up now: I'm 30 years old, I'm married, I have a steady job, live in a nice flat and bought a car.

No, seriously, I'm quite happy and content. And I decided I should stop ignoring you people and at least check out the boards now and then, so here I am
(and that "New to Kemetics"-thread got me thinking, took me almost a week to put together my posting there)



Em hotep all,

this is about the first thing I've written on the web in the last week, even though I've been online about every free minute. I just haven't found the time.
Of course, I'm following the events in Egypt as closely as possible - al-Jazeera is providing great coverage in their live-stream

I must admit that I never saw this coming. Even after Tunisia I was sure that, regrettably, Mubarak and his regime had their people well under control.
I was never so glad to be wrong!

Look at this country, where in just a few days an oppressed people lost its fear of the government and for the first time in 30 years dared to speak freely.
Have you seen the coverage of the demonstrators crossing the bridge into Tahrir square? Fearlessly, and peacefully, marching against police lines, pushing through tear gas and water, and succeeding. (Crossing the Nile, incidentally, from the West to the East, from death into life)

And have you seen this wonderful party that was Tuesday?
Hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of people on the streets, united from all religious, political and social groups. People who wouldn't have dared to speak out against a policeman just a week ago now openly criticizing their president and claiming their rights.
And doing so without violence, walking bravely among tanks and soldiers that might well turn against them.
People protecting their neighbourhood from looters after the police disappeared from the streets, civilians protecting ancient sites under threat, others sharing around food and water and just organizing a huge party on Tahrir Square.

In all the atrocities, lies and injustice we see in this world this is one of the moments when I believe that there is something fundamentally good and worthy in mankind.
I feel awed and humbled by the courage of these men and women.

And then all the stuff happening today. Of course most information coming through to us is not all too reliable. But personally, I believe that the so-called pro-Mubarak supporters are indeed mostly plain clothes policemen and thugs paid by the government. I'm afraid that the regime is trying to spread chaos and discredit a basically peaceful movement.
The army is still staying out of it. First, I was just glad that the soldiers didn't move against the demonstrants. Now I'm confused: is the army thinking about switching sides? Or are they still acting on Mubaraks orders? I guess that quite some soldiers don't know where they should stand, either.

In the face of all this, the European and American diplomacy is something to be ashamed of. Aren't we talking all the time about freedom and democracy for everyone?
And now we're revealed as the hypocrites we are, reacting all too slowly and holding on to the tyrant who has been an all-too-convenient ally. (And how easy it is to ignore the people's suffering for the sake of stability, safe tourism and economic gains...)

Will this uprising lead to prolonged instability and bring radical islamists into power? (And isn't this the worst-case scenario that every westener fears...)
Actually, I don't think so. I've read a lot of opinions from different sources in the last few days and while there is surely a possibility of Egypt following the Iran example I believe it is a pretty slim chance.
The Muslim Brotherhood is without doubt an decisive factor, but they aren't all that radical these days.

Wow, sorry for the rambling, I just had to get this off my chest.
You can imagine how close and immediate all of this is to me, since I actually know Tahrir square and the streets surrounding it. My Arabic is at least good enough by now to read some placards and get the gist of what people are saying, I've been visiting Egypt every year and I've come to really like these people.(My friends in Luxor are hopefully safe, since the situation is much more quiet down there)

I'll now go back to watching the coverage and praying that Ma'at may prevail.
In spite of all the chaos, this is so great!
Go, Egyptians! The time of the tyrant is over!
Irhal, ya Mubarak! (which means "Go away Mubarak")



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