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Em Hotep!

Quote from: Vaalea
As to monolatry, well. This is a forum of Kemetic Orthodoxy. I think if there wasn't an agreement of some sort that predominantly, there's a unifying principle in all of Netjer, we wouldn't be here, we'd be on some more polytheist forum. Not that either is worse or better than the other, but the audience here is a little specific just for the ground we're on and it's good to keep in mind.~)[/color]

I found an excerpt from the Leiden Papyrus in one book, and went looking for the book the first book cited, (having it on the shelves).

In this hymn to the Netjer Amun, it says: "Unique is Amun, who is hidden before them," "He is too mysterious for his mystery to be revealed," "the ba who hides his name according to his mysteriousness." (Andreas Schweizer, The Sungod's Journey through the Netherworld, page 208, quoting Jan Assmann, The Search for God in Ancient Egypt)
I found the text in Assmann's book on page 237, learned it is from the Leiden Papyrus, and found more epithets of Amun:

"Mysterious of transformations,
gleaming of forms of manifestation,
wondrous god, rich in forms!
All gods boast of being his,
to magnify themselves with his beauty, as he is divine."

"All gods boast of being his" definitely points to them acknowledging the Hidden Source of their power.

The Leiden Papyrus is a hodge podge of things, but I suspect the hymn is at least as old New Kingdom.


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:09:17 am »
Thank you for that info, IbuPtah!


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: May 06, 2014, 06:05:34 am »
Em Hotep!

I've been researching titles of Ptah.  My first go-to source, Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, by Richard Wilkinson gives a few. "Honourific titles such as nefer-her 'merciful of face' or neb-ma'at, 'lord of truth' are often given to the god in inscriptions, but epithets extolling the god as a hearer of prayers seem to have had particular significance. Many votive stelae have been found in the area of Ptah's temple at Memphis and elsewhere in Egypt carved with representations of human ears and dedicated to the god as mesedjer-sedjem, 'the ear which hears, who would hear the petitions of his devotees." (Page 124)

I've seen nefer-her translated in various ways. In addition to "merciful of face", I've seen "beautiful of face", "perfect of face", "fair of face", and "gracious of countenance".

A statue at the Penn museum has inscriptions:
 "Two vertical columns on the dorsal pillar, broken at the top, can be reconstructed to read: '[Ptah, lord of truth], great of strength, [upon his great throne;, beneficent, he who gives birth to crafts.' These are standard epithets of Ptah, duplicated on contemporary petition stelae left by private individuals in his temple precinct at Memphis."
Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts, David Silverman, editor, page 48

As with Thoth, Ptah also has a Reconciling Reputation. "Horus and Seth 'were reconciled and united...their quarreling ceased...being joined in the House of Ptah...'" (from the Shabako Stone, quoted by Simson Najovits in "Egypt, Trunk of the Tree", (Algora Publishing, 2003), page 191)

"And so all the gods and their kas assembled together for him (the god Ptah). The Peaceful and Reconciling One (a name of Ptah) was lord of the two lands." (Memphite Theology as quoted by John Gwyn Griffiths in The Origins of Osiris and His Cult, (Brill, 1980), page 160)

I've been wondering how Ptah's titles would be written in hieroglyphs, and fortunately, a linear drawing of a stela at the British museum has come to my aid:

I was able to figure out some of the glyphs:

I notice in the glyphs for 'great', there is the bread loaf 't', which is usually a feminine addition, 'weret', instead of just 'wer'.  Possibly among all the other balanced attributes of Ptah, he is balancing genders too, and is considered androgynous?


Em Hotep!

More than 200 school girls were abducted three weeks ago by a group that considers Western education 'a sin'.  The leader of the group considers the girls their slaves.

Such a heartache for the girls and their families.  May they be soon found and returned to their families.


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Who is Ash?
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:39:40 pm »
Quote from: Seta
I don't have much to add here, unless one wishes my personal opinions from what I've read and come across; still, I wish to point out "Setesh" is a name of Set's - combining both names.

Em Hotep!

"Setesh" may be closer to the most ancient pronunciation of Set's name.  However, it likely bears little relation to Ash's name, except for the sharing of the rectangular 'pool' glyph, the 'sh' sound.

See my screen captures of the glyphs for Ash's name and the most usual glyphs used for Set's name:

Granted, Hart's dictionary doesn't give all the variants for Ash's name, (as he only shows reclining Set animal for Set).  Here's several variants of Set's name, and no 'bird' glyph like the one in Ash's name:

Edited to note the Henadology quote: "The name of Ash is often rendered ‘Sha’ by metathesis. The Seth-animal itself is called the sha".

I had to look up "metathesis": "the re-arranging of sounds or syllables in a word, or of words in a sentence." via Wiki:

So there's that much connection...


[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Introductions
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:33:16 am »
Em Hotep, Meg!

I am another newbie, (not 'new' to Set, however :) ), and glad to see another 'Seti'!



[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Shezmu and you?
« on: April 29, 2014, 07:24:39 am »
Em Hotep!

Quote from: AddisonN
Quote from: Seta
He's considered an aspect of Set, if not connected to Set in some other way.  One of his forms is that of a Set-Animal headed man.

Interesting, I haven't heard this before. I was wondering what sources you have? Just curious, I'm always interested to potentially learn new things about Shezmu. :)

My Google book search on Shezmu and Set did not turn up any connection between Set and Shezmu. They might share a few titles, such as 'Great of Strength (aapehty), but many Netjeru have that title.

Perhaps others will have more extensive searches?


[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Greetings!
« on: April 06, 2014, 09:40:54 am »
Quote from: Raawyserqet
Em hotep and welcome. :3

Nice poem!

Thank you, Raawyserqet! Thank you, Shefyt, for your good words about the poem and the welcome!  Thank you, Khenne! Thank you Senedjem! Thank you Tamiwi, and all the others who've welcomed me!


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Interested in becoming Kemetic
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:37:31 am »
Quote from: ThankSet

Where do you buy items for your shrines (statues of Gods, other Kemetic relics)?

Greetings, ThankSet!

(Set's a favorite deity of mine, too! :)

I've found statuary and other items from a wide variety of sources.  It's really cool when you can find a fellow Kemeticist that makes things, like these lovely amulets:

There's another, Peter Chiappori:

Antique shops, consignment shops, Ebay,, there's all kinds of places.  Via Ebay, I got many inexpensive ankhs in bronze that came from Egypt.  It's the start of a magical adventure, finding these things.  


[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Greetings!
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:19:40 am »
Thank you all for the warm welcome!


[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Greetings!
« on: March 27, 2014, 07:40:35 am »
Em Hotep!

As I'd said in another topic, "The Calling of Kemeticism":

It started over ten years ago with Set. That powerful magnetic lure was irresistible. I decided then and there to learn all I could about this Netjer. Although the original gateway was through a non-Kemetic source, my independent studies into Egyptology revealed more about the other Kemetic gods, and the concept of ma'at.

While a non-religious, purely magical approach had been satisfying for many years, gradually I began to feel the need for a more religious approach.

So I'm here to learn more.


I chose the name of an Old Kingdom queen, which means "She loves life," because I figure whatever names I might acquire in the future, this would fit. :)


I'll close with a poem I wrote yesterday:

Every Breath a Gift

If at the point of quiet contemplation,
I bring some vague confusion,
I will let my confusions be.
(I have travelled with them a long way.)

I will listen quietly,
Breathe evenly, deeply.
As I remember my ancient roots,
The old seeds bloom again.

The flowers smell as sweet
As they did to the ancients,
Who inhaled their fragrance fervently.
I inhale the hidden Essence.

Oh, gift of Netjer!
Gift in every breath!
I receive with gratitude,
I release with gratitude.

Inhaling, -------
Exhaling, -------
I am in Balance,
I am in Peace.

JAL, 3-26-2014

I'm glad to be here and look forward to learning more.


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: The Calling Of Kemeticism
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:07:41 pm »
It started over ten years ago with Set.  That powerful magnetic lure was irresistible.  I decided then and there to learn all I could about this Netjer. Although the original gateway was through a non-Kemetic source, my independent studies into Egyptology revealed more about the other Kemetic gods, and the concept of ma'at.

While a non-religious, purely magical approach had been satisfying for many years, gradually I began to feel the need for a more religious approach.

So I'm here to learn more.


Em Hotep!

It can be difficult for each of us to strike the right balance of 'what to reveal' and 'what to keep hidden'.  It may depend on where we live.  If we live in an area in which persecution of religious minorities exists, then obviously for one's safety, discretion must be used.  But if we dwell in a country in which there is relative freedom, then life becomes much easier.

I think too, there is degrees of 'honesty'.  To quietly reply to a proselytizing Christian, "I'm happy for you that you have found a path that works for you.  However, I have my own path," may leave one's dignity intact without inviting a fight.

That said, I'm as 'out' as 'out' can be, without 'flaunting'.  Perhaps originally, many years ago, this was encouraged by a very unspoken partner.  However, now I have no regrets about this.

I think it gets easier as one gets older to find the right balance for oneself.  


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