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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: HEM Incense
« on: April 17, 2015, 01:46:14 am »
A good rule of thumb is that Indian incense brands tend to be ritually impure for us, since Hindu purity rules are different and allow many ingredients that ours do not. Unfortunately, HEM is an Indian brand.

I recommend Nippon Kodo's Morning Star brand, personally. Japanese incense is almost always safe because conceptions of purity in Japan tend to be very similar to conceptions of purity in Kemetic religion. Morning Star in particular is usually pretty cheap, and the sticks are low-smoke and smell wonderful.

That said, what is and is not ritually pure only really matters for practices like Senut which have specific purity rules. I have a huge collection of incense from various brands, Indian and not, and I've presented it as an offering loads of times on my "casual" (i.e. non-Senut) shrine. It'd be inappropriate in a Senut context, but I've never had a problem with it in other situations.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: April 13, 2015, 02:25:26 pm »
Oh, huh, the link's wrong. I usually just go through the index here:

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: April 13, 2015, 01:36:42 am »
They all seem to be working for me! Browser issue, maybe? I'm using Chrome.

My RPD has been scheduled for 5:00 PM (EST) this coming Monday! I'm so excited! Nekhtet!

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: strange request ?
« on: March 24, 2015, 09:03:55 pm »
This is actually fascinating to me because I had a similar request for white rice as an offering recently! It didn't come from any specific Name, though. But still, it's neat.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Mummification - heeelp!
« on: February 28, 2015, 10:37:36 pm »
I'm actually not sure the pharaohs WERE the top-tier educated. They were educated to run the country, of course, but I don't think they were usually PhD-level in any one field. They didn't need to be.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Mummification - heeelp!
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:10:18 pm »
A doctoral degree; the final, highest academic degree in most fields. It wasn't invented until the middle ages.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Mummification - heeelp!
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:52:34 pm »
That article is speaking very generally, I think. The common people usually were not mummified in antiquity, as it was expensive and time-consuming, and there is certainly evidence that they believed their ancestors had entered the afterlife just the same. Mummification was just one of many ways to facilitate the soul's survival in the Unseen world. Other methods included images of yourself and the remembrance of your name, which is why many of us keep a list of our Akhu and regularly read off the names.

I find that, the more you learn about ANY subject, the more time you have to spend unlearning all the things you thought you knew, because it's really more complicated than that. Very general articles like this one are fine for beginners, but they omit a lot of information out of necessity--they're trying to serve as an introduction, not the be-all-end-all.

I should clarify: I don't mean professional qualifications. I mean they literally have no idea what they are talking about.

Unfortunately I'm going to have to come down hard against the idea of pyramidology as factual evidence. I would recommend reading Barbara Mertz's Red Land, Black Land for a more knowledgeable critique of such theories than I can give, but they certainly are not based on fact.

Bauval and Hancock really aren't qualified to be making the assertions they are making. You're not going to find much supporting their theories in ancient texts.

I have a few thoughts on this!

First of all, I think it's important to realize that sometimes Netjeru are possessive and imperfect just like people--the fact that Ra wants you to follow only Him doesn't mean you HAVE to do so if you don't want to. It's entirely possible, and even healthy, for you to say, "Look, I think we're going to need to compromise here."

That said, if you feel he is leading you away from KO, then maybe you should see where that leads. That doesn't mean you can't still stay on as a member of the community; many people have taken a step back for a while for reasons pertaining to their personal relationships with their god(s), and then come back at a later time. Whether he's leading you away permanently or temporarily, the doors here are always open.

Either way I hope you find the path that is best for you!

Yay! It'll be nice to be going through it at the same time as someone else!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: February 03, 2015, 09:17:58 pm »
Em hotep and welcome! Congrats on returning to school, that's awesome.

Hotep everyone,

I've been quiet on the boards for a while--lots going on in my life--but I just sent in my answers to the RPD questions and sent the payment via Paypal a moment ago and I'm really excited!

I think the questions sat on my shrine for the better part of a month before I got up the guts to finally send them in, but I feel good now that I have.

Wish me luck!

I am 100% in agreement with Shefyt.

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