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Thank you! You guys have been really helpful! I appreciate it a lot.

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Guys, but here we can see the heart being visibly lighter as the feather and not in total balance:

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/30.3.31/

And yet she passes the test?

The question why I'm even asking is because I got a little figure of Anubis with a heart and a feather attached to it. But they aren't perfectly even so the heart is above the feather. And I don't want to have an image of damnation stand around, you know?

That's why I was wondering.

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Em hotep nefer, Minpin! :D

As Neshnyt and Gleb said above, if the heart is heavier than the feather of Ma'at, then of course one is not declared ma'a-kheru (true of speech) and allowed entrance into Aaru, the Field of Reeds. Heaviness of the heart belies a life steeped in falsehood and misdeed. This, at least, is what is conveyed properly in most popular histories and survey texts of Egyptian religion(s), which don't go into the detail these subjects deserve. What these popular histories and survey texts tend to leave out  is how this process relates to and embodies the moral-ethical and aesthetic principle of Ma'at itself.

If the heart is lighter than the feather, one reveals oneself to be overly self-righteous and a liar, likewise earning the disapproval of the Divine tribunal, since nothing can exceed Ma'at -- Ma'at being the appropriate balance and order of all things, in all things.

The heart must equal the weight of the feather, demonstrating that the individual lived a life in accordance with Ma'at. There cannot be imbalance in either direction.

I hope this helps!

Senebty,
Sedjfai

Huh, so it is equal after all? Thank you a lot for sharing what you know!!!

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Hello! I'm confused because I read very different answers on different sources.

Do you pass the Weighing of the Heart Ceremony even if your heart is LIGHTER than the feather? Or does it have to be in perfect balance (not heavier but not lighter either)...

Thank you guys for your advice and knowledge!

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Is Ra Anubis father?
« on: December 17, 2017, 06:44:30 pm »
Em hotep,

Maybe this page on my website will help? Re is the earliest attested father, yes.

http://www.per-sabu.org/parentage-and-origins.html

I love your website. I saw it there, yes.

But what I'm wondering is can we make the guess that the earliest attested father would be the true "canon" one? Does this make sense to you?

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Is Ra Anubis father?
« on: December 17, 2017, 01:17:19 pm »
Hi guys. I've seen several Gods mentioned as Anubis parents, but the oldest mention of his father is Ra. Can I assume that this might be the most likely one to be true or what do you think?

Later as Osiris became popular it seems like they added him as his father because it was convenient.

Please correct me, I don't know much!

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Not eating my offerings?
« on: December 09, 2017, 01:16:38 pm »
Of course, please ask and discuss further. I find the replies very interesting, thanks everyone.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Not eating my offerings?
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:54:06 pm »
According to my smell I need some perfume! ;P (No, no, all good!)

Well to me the sacrifice is the time I put into getting the goods, spending money (that I worked for) for them and preparing it.

And I generally am not a picky-eater, if offered what I consume it would be pretty random and not as good in quality. For example I would eat some cheap bar of chocolate with low quality but I'd like to get a very dark and organic chocolate for Anubis.

Similar like I would try to get the best for a friend but I myself am content with eating rests that have been left out from last day.

>Just that your logic isn’t KO logic and trying to better explain where we come from with it.

Yes! I see. I appreciate your input, and thank you for being so friendly about it.


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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Not eating my offerings?
« on: December 08, 2017, 01:46:17 am »
I agree with Kham here. To me, it's kind of like making someone a birthday cake, letting them blow out the candles, giving them a slice of the cake, and then tossing the cake in the trash. We are celebrating the Gods, but we are also celebrating with the Gods. I would not purposely offer anything that then got wasted or left to sit in a landfill for eternity (trash often doesn't break down due to the lack of oxygen). While, again, there are cultures where divine offerings should not be touched or consumed, I recall that it was disrespectful in antiquity to take an offering that was given to the Gods and not consume it. If you don't want to revert the offerings, that is your call. Still, I know my Gods would be displeased at wasting the sustenance They had returned to me. As far as They are concerned (at least what I've learned in my 8 years of bonding with Them), They are happy that they get the "choice piece(s)" of whatever I offer Them--They take the essence of the offering, whatever the *best* part of it is, and leave the remainder for me.

And as for Yinepu, He'd be disappointed in me if I didn't enjoy the offering with him

Fair point.

But just personally, I don't think it's wasted at all if it went to the God and then returns back to nature to rot and nourish bacteria as well as the Earth. I also offer a lot of stuff that I can't possibly consume myself that much or don't even like (Alcohol, very dark chocolates, coffee and honey)...

It really just feels more meaningful to me if it's a pure sacrifice though I understand that this is not the norm and just how I feel about it.

I think it also to do with me having a more subservient relationship to the God unlike a lot of other people who kind of treat the God (or Gods) like their buddies, equals or call them cute which I do not like for my own practice.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Not eating my offerings?
« on: December 07, 2017, 01:45:27 am »
Em hotep nefer, Minpin! :)

This specifically I want to address:

I understand that "back in time" living in harsher times and climates burying or burning good food was potentially really bad. But considering that I live in a moderate clima with a total abundance of food I feel that preparing food and gifts strictly as a sacrifice adds more weight to it.

That is not particularly true of the Ancient Near East / Northeast Africa and its diverse cultures/religions. In Levantine religions, particularly later Judean religion, there were absolutely immolation offerings made in temples that were not consumed; it had absolutely nothing to do with how fertile the land was, or how scarce crop yields were for any given year. There were also funerary as well as Divine food offerings that were shared by the very people who donated those offerings. Under some ritual/festival circumstances, as in some Levantine religions, the food and libations, once the Gods were "done" with them, were consumed only by the officiating priest(s) and their family.

As a general rule in Egyptian religion(s), namely their Modern Revivals and most specifically our Kemetic Orthodoxy here, funerary food offerings are not eaten by living people, but Divine food offerings are to be reverted and eaten, since the food is spiritually imbued with the Divine life-giving heka of the Netjeru in the ritual act of offering it to Them. Throwing away food offered to the Gods is generally, but not necessarily universally, frowned upon in Egyptian religion(s). That is also typically the rule for most other Afro-Asiatic religions, though for example Mesopotamian religions have a habit of sharing food with ancestors, not just the Gods, never simply committing those life-energies embodied by food to the dead and refraining from touching that food afterward.

I think it safe to say that the vast majority of self-described and formally initiated Kemetic Orthodox here revert and consume their food offerings made to the Netjeru. That is to say, that is the official stance of our Temple, on what people who consider themselves Kemetic Orthodox ought to do with Divine food offerings.

I hope this helps!

Senebty,
Sedjfai

It does help! Thank you a lot.


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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Not eating my offerings?
« on: December 06, 2017, 05:57:45 pm »
I understand that "back in time" living in harsher times and climates burying or burning good food was potentially really bad. But considering that I live in a moderate clima with a total abundance of food I feel that preparing food and gifts strictly as a sacrifice adds more weight to it.

So I never consume what I offer myself and tend to bury (organic) things in my garden. I never consider it a waste because it was a gift for our God/s.

I perfectly understand that this is not the norm and plenty of people simply don't have the financial resources to do so. I don't think that anyone who eats their own offerings is doing anything wrong, this is just my own preference.

What I would like to know is if anyone else does this too?

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It's a cropped portion from the BOD. & the hand is in cursive hieroglyphs that looks like the Hunefer or Ani papyrii. Some of the Gods mentioned are Horus, Djehuti, Re & sinmply "the Gods." Also mentioned are "my heart," "the scales" & "born (of) the Gods." Probably from the chapter of weighing of the heart. Hope that helps :)

It does!!!

Thank you very much. :)

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Yinepu
« on: November 26, 2017, 03:57:36 am »
as i understand it, we use the spelling Yinepu here because that is likely (given the current pronunciation of coptic) how the transliteration Anpu would have been pronounced. do what makes you and Him happy, though!

But how exactly is the word Yinepu pronounced?

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Yinepu
« on: November 25, 2017, 04:02:53 am »
It seems to be very unclear how Anpu or Yinepu are actually pronounced (please correct me if I'm wrong, but I saw several different opinions about that) so I find that too confusing and just refer to him as Anubis when I speak or think the name.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: WANT TO SEE YOUR SHRINE PICTURES
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:53:11 pm »
Hello everyone. This is my shrine for Anubis:

https://imgur.com/a/4H67Y

In the left corner is beer, and in the front is a little basket with dark chocolate, covered in coffee and figs as offerings for him.

Wow, I love this! <3

I really like those tarot cards, too. What deck are they from?

Thank you! They are Madame Endora Fortunetelling Cards. Most cards don't have an egyptian theme though sadly.

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