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Author Topic: Bedtime Prayers  (Read 557 times)

Offline anxietealeaves

  • Country: us
Bedtime Prayers
« on: January 29, 2019, 06:47:23 pm »
Remember the whole, "Now I lay me down to sleep" prayer? Well, I was wondering if anyone had a Kemetic version they would like to share or maybe share a little ritual they do before bed.  :)

“LEARNING IS NOT ATTAINED BY CHANCE, IT MUST BE SOUGHT FOR WITH ARDOR AND ATTENDED TO WITH DILIGENCE.” ―ABIGAIL ADAMS

Offline Sedjfaiemitui

  • Shemsu
  • Country: us
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2019, 10:51:07 pm »
Em hotep nefer, Anxietealeaves! :D

Sometimes I will pray aloud to my First Father Set before sleep, especially if I'm having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep.

Set is associated with nightmares both positively and negatively, and there's some positive Set-based heka to that end in Rev. Dr. Tamara Siuda's The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook (which she's previously asked others not to reproduce online, otherwise I would provide an excerpt).

Some of the prayers I utter to Set are of a very personal nature, but this one is not too personal. I will give it in transliterated characters, "transliterese," and in English, in case you're interested in reciting it in (loosely-"reconstructed" spoken) Egyptian:

Hy stX hkA n grh ii m grh
nb rswt
wr-xrp srxw-nb
mki=k [NN] ms=k mr.s=k mr=k sy

Hy Set! Heka en Gereh ii em gereh
Neb Resut
Wer-Kherep serekhu-neb
Meki-ek [NN] mes-ek meres-ek mer-ek sy.

Hail, Set! Lord of Night [Who] comes in the night
Lord of Dreams
Great Controller of every evil spirit
You protect [insert name here], Your child who loves You as You love her/them.

NOTE: "ms" is one of the more gender-neutral terms for "child," based on the verb "msi," meaning "to be born." To change this prayer to suit men and boys in particular, "sA" may be used for "son," along with the dependent pronoun ".f / -ef" in the places where ".s / -es" appears. For strictly feminine descriptors, "sAt" for "daughter" -- retaining the ".s" where it appears -- will suit. :)

As is the case with its fellow Afro-Asiatic languages Akkadian, Ugaritic, and Hebrew, the Ancient Egyptian language is thoroughly grammatically gendered and doesn't really possess a neuter, so those on the "not quite male or female" end of the gender spectrum will probably want to retain the use of that ".s / -es" I've given above. :)

I hope this helps!

Senebty!
Sedjfai
« Last Edit: January 29, 2019, 11:10:00 pm by Sedjfaiemitui »
"Endowed by Two Fathers"
𓁣 𓁠
Sat Set her Amun-Re-Banebdjedet
Meryt Herishef, Wesir-Narefy, Heru-Wer, her Yinepu

Offline laurenb

  • Remetj
  • Country: ca
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 08:29:22 am »
This is beautiful, Sedjfai, thank you for sharing it! Would you mind if I added it to my journal?

Senebty

Lauren

Offline Sedjfaiemitui

  • Shemsu
  • Country: us
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 10:57:21 am »
Em hotep nefer, Lauren!

No problem! Go for it! :D

Senebty,
Sedjfai
"Endowed by Two Fathers"
𓁣 𓁠
Sat Set her Amun-Re-Banebdjedet
Meryt Herishef, Wesir-Narefy, Heru-Wer, her Yinepu

Offline laurenb

  • Remetj
  • Country: ca
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2019, 12:31:41 pm »
Em hotep nefer, Lauren!

No problem! Go for it! :D

Senebty,
Sedjfai

Thank you!

Offline Capra

  • Remetj
  • Country: ca
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 03:24:02 pm »
@Sedjfaiemitui   Thank you for the explanation re 'ms'. It confirmed nicely something I was puzzling over with Ky on Discord last night. <3

Offline anxietealeaves

  • Country: us
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2019, 05:58:14 am »
Oh wow. That was so profound. Thank you for sharing. I’m going to keep that one as well if it’s alright.
“LEARNING IS NOT ATTAINED BY CHANCE, IT MUST BE SOUGHT FOR WITH ARDOR AND ATTENDED TO WITH DILIGENCE.” ―ABIGAIL ADAMS

Offline Shediwi-Itw

  • Shemsu
  • Country: us
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2019, 08:07:43 am »
I ask my lineup to watch over me and then I ask Tutu to keep bad dreams away. I made this prayer for exactly that reason:

“May Tutu come to this place and watch over my sleeping form. May the roar of His lion form frighten those who would harm me, be they demon or mortal. I offer to you the dreams which haunt and dim my countenance, so that You may be fed and I may be untroubled by their appearance. Dua Tutu!”
Daughter of Ra and Yinepu-Wepwawet, Beloved of Bast and Hethert-Sekhmet.
Hail to thee, Great Ra! Lord of the thrones of the Earth!
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Offline Tjemsy

  • W'ab Priest - Lay Clergy
  • Country: us
Re: Bedtime Prayers
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2019, 09:23:27 am »
Apparently I wrote one for Khonsu back when I was writing a lot of children's prayers. Short and simple, as children's prayers are:

"Khonsu, shining, so high and so bright,
Keep me safe all through the night.
"
Tjemsy - "Two Red Ones"

Sat Sekhmet her Set
Meryt Heru-wer, Bast, Wepwawet, Taweret, Nebthet,
 & Nefertem-Imhotep

 


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