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Author Topic: Getting Closer to Your Akhu  (Read 3574 times)

Offline Riley.rifle

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Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« on: March 06, 2016, 11:28:12 pm »
Em hotep all,

I was wondering if anyone had any pointers on how to get closer to one's Akhu?

I'm not particularly close to my living relatives so getting closer to those that have passed seems almost impossible.

Dua Ra!
Dua Netjer!
Dua Netjeru!

Offline Riley.rifle

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2016, 11:41:20 pm »
You know, I just realized a little more information might be helpful. First of all, I don't know half of my family to begin with. Of the half that I do know, most of them are buried across the country from me. So simple grave tending isn't really an option for me. I've thought about writing letters, maybe?
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Offline Tjesi

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2016, 07:07:08 am »
Writing letters can be a wonderful experience. I, too, don't really have the option of grave tending. I do genealogical research though and that helps me feel connected. That, and just spending time with them at my akhu shrine.

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Offline Shezatwepwawet

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2016, 11:08:40 am »
You can also make a declaration aloud to any akhu listening that you want to get to know them better. Make a spot for them even if you only put a glass of water in it as an offering. It can also open the way for your other ancestors to come through, which may include finding more information about them.
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Offline Khamheru

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2016, 02:52:17 pm »
I don't have a akhu shrine, but it don't prevent me to contact with. I like to burning a candle and talk with them. It's working very well! And I offer a bit of water to them, too. It's almost what Zat explained.
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Offline Tahai

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2016, 04:03:26 pm »
I'm doing genealogical research to get closer to mine. is a good, free site offered by the Mormons.  it's not as robust as, but it's a good place to get a start.
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Offline Akhyt

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2016, 06:16:26 am »
I also do genealogical research of my family. I have understood that it is relatively easy in Finland, compared to many other countries, as the churches in Finland have a long tradition of keeping records of births, deaths, marriages and also people's places of residence, and such records are well preserved on a general level. A lot of such records have been digitized, and records older than 100 years have been made available on the internet by genealogy enthusiasts' organizations.
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Offline Arefsenu

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2016, 08:32:52 am »
I have a similar issue to you, Riley. My maternal grandfather's mother died when he was very young and she was never spoken about again. All I know is that her name was Catherine but other than that, I have no idea about her side of the family or the rest of my granddad's family. Family history isn't spoken about much in my family at all and I have no idea where they're buried.

Looking through census charters can be useful if you know a name and the town they lived in. They can be found online or in most libraries or town halls.

Another thing is that during Akhu Duas or when I'm privately honouring the Akhu, I'll list the ones I do know and then round it off with "all my Akhu, known and unknown". So I'm still addressing the Akhu who I don't know about by name, but know that they're still part of my family.

Letters can also be a great way to get to know your Akhu. I've written some to various Akhu and the House of Netjer even has it's own Virtual Abdju where you can write a letter to an Akhu and then post it online. You can visit it here.
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Offline Sema'a

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Re: Getting Closer to Your Akhu
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2016, 12:50:45 pm »
Em hotep!

Genealogical research really helped me get connected, and it had the benefit of bringing me closer to my living family as well.

It can also help to pour cool water and offer it to all your akhu, known and unknown. Some unknown ancestors might make themselves known after this.

I think part of the struggle is that many of us come to Kemetic Orthodoxy relatively young, and we there aren't many people we knew in life who have passed. If that's the case, offer cool water to those who you didn't know in life, and be open minded. Even if there isn't anyone in recent history, somewhere in our lineage there is undoubtedly an individual who will take an interest.

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