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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: HetHert and the Moon...
« on: September 28, 2019, 07:42:37 am »
Actually, Hathor is very much associated with the moon, as are a great many other Eye Goddesses. :)

For brevity, I'm going to link to a screencap of note no. 10 on page 4 of Barbara Richter's study The Theology of Hathor of Dendera. She explains the situation much more succinctly than I likely would. ;)

Senebty!
Sedjfai


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I haven't seen this thread 'til now. :3

I have some prayers and heka I've written for/about Set, for different situations.

This first sampling is a bedtime prayer to/heka of Set:

Hy stX hkA n grh ii m grh
nb rswt
wr-xrp srxw-nb
mki=k [NN] ms=k mr.s=k mr=k sy

Hy Set! Heka en Gereh ii em gereh
Neb Resut
Wer-Kherep serekhu-neb
Meki-ek [NN] mes-ek meres-ek mer-ek sy.

Hail, Set! Lord of Night [Who] comes in the night
Lord of Dream/Awakening [rswt is a reflexive term in this way]
Great Controller of every evil spirit
You protect [insert name here], Your child who loves You as You love her/them.

(I used the most gender-neutral terms and enclitic pronouns possible -- inasmuch as this is AT ALL possible within any Afro-Asiatic language, but if anybody hates the feminine enclitic pronouns and the word "ms," there's always .f in place of .s, sw in place of sy, and "sA" for "son" instead of "ms" for "child [generic]").

This second sampling is a short prayer of adulation (in the indirect second person) to Set as Self-Created Solar Divinity and Lord-of-All, with Nut here being the "His Mother" to Set's "Bull of":

dwA stX
sA nwt
ir sw m xt n nwt m ms.n=f Dt=s
sXm hr spd
ntf api-wr Xnty nwt
nD-n=f pt tA mi qd sn
Dr wbn=f m nwn imi qAyt
ntf pHrr pHrr sw r nhh n ab.n psD ra-nb
HqA n =f hhw n hhw nswi=f Hnty nhh
mnX=f r mnX.t nb

Dua Set
Sa Nut
ir Su em khet en Nut em mesnef djetes
Sekhem her Sopd
Netef Api-Wer khenti Nut
nedjenef pet ta mi qed sen
djer webenef em Nun imi qayt
Netef Pehrer pehrer Su er neheh en abn pesedj ra-neb!
Heqa en ef hehu en hehu neswief henty neheh
menekhef er menekhet-neb!

Praise Set
Son of Nut
Who put Himself into the womb of Nut and birthed Himself from Her body [djet = lit. "living image; bodily form"]
Powerful and Skilled,
He is the Great Winged Scarab [lit. "Great Flying One"] within Nut
Who protected Heaven and Earth in their entirety
while rising from Nun within the Primaeval Mound [lit. "high throne; high ground"]
He is the Runner Who runs eternally, shining every day without cease!
He has been Ruler of millions and millions
and He shall rule [unto] the limits of eternity
His efficacy being superior to any efficacy!

(I have several more, but I don't want this comment to be a million years long, haha. ;D )

Senebty!
Sedjfai

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Extremely New, Hello!
« on: June 03, 2019, 11:59:19 am »
I feel most strongly connected to both Set and Djehuti.

::bursts through wall:: DID SOMEONE SAY SET? SET IS LOVE. SET IS LIFE.

On a more serious note, though, em hotep nefer and welcome! It's always good to see new names/faces around. <3

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sekhmet as Hedgehog
« on: June 03, 2019, 04:56:37 am »
Em hotep nefer, Asha! :D

The person to ask about hedgehogs would be our own Bestekeni. She's got A LOT on hedgehogs and other desert creatures in Egyptian art. :3

Senebty!
Sedjfai

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Is covering ankles and wrists a traditional devotion thing? I didn’t know that

Nope. :) Not for Egyptian religion(s), at any rate. We have plenty of scenes of individuals worshiping deities wherein the worshipers aren't wearing full-length clothing or jewelry on their wrists/ankles. 

Certain articles are of ritual importance for various types of priest and for the King, etc., but that's not the same thing.

I hope that helps!
Senebty,
Sedjfai

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Em Hotep,

I have many statues of Egyptian Gods in my home and I spend a lot of time in front of them. I learnt that the gods and goddesses are watching us through our lives, inside our home or outside, it doesnt matter. I don't know but I think that the Gods doesn't need a sculpture to dwell in. What is the purpose of praying in front of sculptures, if it doesnt have an effect on the Gods? And if someone really believes from its heart that the gods are present, does one need a sculpture? Can you please enlighten me on that?

Senebty

Em hotep nefer, Hunefer!

Short of the long, and speaking beyond (though certainly not writing-off) "just" Modern Kemetic Orthodox beliefs and practices: Icons provide points of tangible engagement with the Numinous. Statues are "provisional bodies" of the Gods. Gods have many such "provisional bodies" throughout Creation -- up to and including certain living animal avatars, like the Hap/Apis bull and the Living Ram of Banebdjedet, and geographic features like Gebel Barkal vis-á-vis Amun-Re -- though no God is reducible to any one such "provisional body."

What is known as "statue-cult" was hugely important in the daily ritual/worship activities of Ancient Egyptians. Ancient Egyptian religion was decidedly not aniconic, and there are very complex reasons for this -- one cannot downplay the importance of iconography in worship, either Anciently OR Modernly.

If you are able to access the following publications, I highly recommend you track down these titles to get a more comprehensive idea of the whys and wherefores of statue-cult and the importance of iconographic representation across all aspects of Ancient Egyptian religion(s). There is much to this issue that I cannot sufficiently explain, much less in simple terms, in a single forum post (that most people would have the patience to sit through reading, anyway. ;) ).

Goyon, Jean-Claude. Rituels funéraires de l'ancienne Égypte: Le Rituel de l'ouverture de la bouche, les Livres des respirations. Paris: du Cerf, 1972.

Lorton, David. "The Theology of Cult Statues in Ancient Egypt" in Born in Heaven, Made on Earth: The Making of the Cult Image in the Ancient Near East (ed. Michael B. D i c k), pp. 123 - 210. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1999.

Klotz, David. "Between Heaven and Earth in Deir el-Medina: Stela MMA 21.2.6," Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur, Bd. 34 (2006), pp. 269-283.

Senebty!
Sedjfai

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Question regarding Predestination
« on: March 30, 2019, 01:57:23 pm »
Perhaps I see the Gods/Goddesses  of Egypt as powers because of their correlation to planets and stars. Sekhmet can be said to be Venus as the Morning Star

'Fraid not. Venus in Egyptian religions is one of a great many celestial incarnations of Heru, called Seba-Djai, loosely translated as "The Star Which Wanders [lit. 'Crosses']," referential to the Eye of Heru. It is a male entity, not a Goddess.

With the exception of Sebeg (Mercury, regarded as an incarnation of Set) up until the very end of Egyptian Antiquity, the other planets known to Egyptian peoples (which were not many) were diverse, individualized incarnations of various Heru-Gods.

If you have German skills and can manage to gain access to it, for more contextual information on the subject, I recommend you read Rolf Krauss' article “Nähere Mitteilungen über Seth/Merkur und Horusauge/Venus im grossen Tagewählkalender,” SAK Bd. 27 (1999), pp. 233-254.

ETA: Another fantastic series of texts to look into on this and similar subjects is Neugebauer and Parker's Egyptian Astronomical Texts volumes, and Emile Chassinat's Edfou volumes.

It's important to understand, too, that these were regarded as being among the decan-stars, and not as planets as we understand them to be. The classifications devised between Egyptian, Classical (that is, Graeco-Roman), and Medieval/Early Modern astronomers could not be more different.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Question regarding Predestination
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:17:54 pm »
Em hotep nefer, Hunefer! ;D

I answered a similar question on a very old thread here in the "Public" end of the fora, which cites historical Egyptian literary examples. You may wish to read through it here and chase-down the primary source material referenced. :)

Senebty!
Sedjfai

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[PUBLIC] FAQ: RPD (Rite of Parent Divination) / Re: I did it!
« on: February 15, 2019, 02:49:13 pm »
Nekhtet! :D I'm looking forward to seeing Who steps forward for you!

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Seeking Forgiveness...
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:27:44 pm »
One-hundred percent what Taji said.

The Gods are extremely loving and understanding. I sincerely doubt They would hold other people’s meanness against you.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Aset-Hethert (or Isis-Hathor)
« on: February 06, 2019, 01:25:09 pm »
Dua Netjer en etj for the early examples, Neheh! ;D

To add, there is a smattering of Nubian (specifically, the Napatan end of the Kushite Kingdom) examples which long predate the influences of the Ptolemies, dating to the 800s to 300s BCE (right up before Alexander's conquest of Egypt in 332 BCE), though certainly the Ptolemaic and Roman Period examples in Lower Nubia are among the better-known and more explicit: e.g., the temple at Musawwarat es-Sufra / Ipbr-Ankh initially commissioned by the Meroitic King Arnekhamani, and the temple of Apedemak at Wad ban Naqa dating to the reign of Queen Amanishakheto. :)

There was a lot of bleed-over from 18th and 19th Dynasty Egypt into Napatan Kushite religious expression that sometimes gets overlooked despite its obviousness (as in: Egyptian Pharaohs of those Dynasties built temples and plastered their names all over them in Lower Nubia). It's a weird dynamic, in that scholars are well aware that Egyptian influence was ubiquitous throughout Ancient Nubian history, but will then coyly quibble with it and focus more on the "shinier" examples dating to the very end of the 300s BCE and later, when our Greek and Roman buddies begin dipping their fingers into the proverbial pudding in succession.

Senebty!
Sedjfai

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Em hotep nefer, Shediwi-Itw! :D

It's an "all of the above" situation. They are not mutually-exclusive relationships, and they aren't intended to be compartmentalized.

Hathor is presented as daughter and consort to the Universal Lord with some frequency.

It is a function of the Eye -- every Eye -- being inextricably "of" the God and "partner to" the God. And, at times, the role of the Eye gets tacitly rolled-into the prototypical function of Iusaas(-Nebethotepet), ALSO an Eye of Re, with respect to Atum -- Whom all Gods in the rôle of "Creator" are acting in the capacity of: "The Complete One."

Parallels exist between this sort of multifarious relationship and the one between Nit and Amun-Re; and Amunet and Amun-Re; and Aset and Min-Heru; etc. etc. etc.

I hope this helps!

Senebty,
Sedjfai

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Bedtime Prayers
« on: January 30, 2019, 10:57:21 am »
Em hotep nefer, Lauren!

No problem! Go for it! :D

Senebty,
Sedjfai

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Bedtime Prayers
« on: January 29, 2019, 10:51:07 pm »
Em hotep nefer, Anxietealeaves! :D

Sometimes I will pray aloud to my First Father Set before sleep, especially if I'm having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep.

Set is associated with nightmares both positively and negatively, and there's some positive Set-based heka to that end in Rev. Dr. Tamara Siuda's The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook (which she's previously asked others not to reproduce online, otherwise I would provide an excerpt).

Some of the prayers I utter to Set are of a very personal nature, but this one is not too personal. I will give it in transliterated characters, "transliterese," and in English, in case you're interested in reciting it in (loosely-"reconstructed" spoken) Egyptian:

Hy stX hkA n grh ii m grh
nb rswt
wr-xrp srxw-nb
mki=k [NN] ms=k mr.s=k mr=k sy

Hy Set! Heka en Gereh ii em gereh
Neb Resut
Wer-Kherep serekhu-neb
Meki-ek [NN] mes-ek meres-ek mer-ek sy.

Hail, Set! Lord of Night [Who] comes in the night
Lord of Dreams
Great Controller of every evil spirit
You protect [insert name here], Your child who loves You as You love her/them.

NOTE: "ms" is one of the more gender-neutral terms for "child," based on the verb "msi," meaning "to be born." To change this prayer to suit men and boys in particular, "sA" may be used for "son," along with the dependent pronoun ".f / -ef" in the places where ".s / -es" appears. For strictly feminine descriptors, "sAt" for "daughter" -- retaining the ".s" where it appears -- will suit. :)

As is the case with its fellow Afro-Asiatic languages Akkadian, Ugaritic, and Hebrew, the Ancient Egyptian language is thoroughly grammatically gendered and doesn't really possess a neuter, so those on the "not quite male or female" end of the gender spectrum will probably want to retain the use of that ".s / -es" I've given above. :)

I hope this helps!

Senebty!
Sedjfai

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