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Author Topic: Coptic "orans" and Kemetic "dua"  (Read 2351 times)

Offline Senuwierneheh

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Coptic "orans" and Kemetic "dua"
« on: August 29, 2017, 12:31:16 am »
Em Hotep!

"This is the position known as “orans” or “orante”, which is derived from Latin, and means “one who is praying or pleading”.  It is adopted by early Christians, and one can find representations of Christians in the art of Egypt and Rome, as in other places, with the praying Christian adopting the orans position. It is, however, not particularly Christian, as Jews and pagans adopted it too. The Ancient Egyptians, as their art would show, prayed in the same way the Copts now pray."

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Re: Coptic "orans" and Kemetic "dua"
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 06:22:15 am »
Em hotep, Neheh!

Oh, I never drew a parallel between the orans posture and forms of offering henu! Wow! (I remember being taught the former in seminary and learning the latter while also in seminary, hehe, but I never made that connection.)

Thank you for sharing! It's fascinating to consider what Kemetic elements of worship are still alive in the Coptic church today.

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Offline Ra'awyserqet

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Re: Coptic "orans" and Kemetic "dua"
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 09:34:25 am »
Em hotep Neheh!

I remember this posture when I was at Catholic school many, many years ago now. This is positively fascinating that the posture is based upon the Copts, who base it on the henu gesture of their ancestors.

Thank you very much for sharing this article!


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Offline Awdjerethethert

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Re: Coptic "orans" and Kemetic "dua"
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 11:27:10 pm »
This is very interesting! Thanks for sharing the link!  :D
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