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Author Topic: Pets: netjeri and akhu  (Read 246 times)

Offline Senneferet

  • Country: gb
Pets: netjeri and akhu
« on: April 08, 2021, 09:06:26 am »
I recently lost one of my precious cats and am having a hard time with the grief. I've been looking through the forum looking for prayers and other stuff that might help. I saw somebody mention that pets cannot be part of our akhu but become netjeri. Does anyone have any more info on this? Once we get her ashes back, we're putting her in a special cat-shaped urn and I'd like to be able to give her the appropriate prayers and offerings.

Offline Rev. Raheri

  • W'ab (priest)
  • Country: us
Re: Pets: netjeri and akhu
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2021, 11:02:35 am »
Since pets don't have kau they are not transformed into akhu. They are netjeri and remain such in the Duat.

However, many members have special shrines dedicated to past pets in their home. While not official in any way, my personal akhu shrine does have a picture of a previous pet because I wanted his picture near others I love. Overall, do what feels comfortable for you.
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Offline Tatuayinepu

  • Shemsu-Ankh
  • Country: us
Re: Pets: netjeri and akhu
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 06:43:56 pm »
I have my Rottweiler, Kieta's, ashes on my informal Netjer shrine, but consider her as a part of my akhu even if she is netjeri. She loves people and it wouldn't feel right to not have her, with my people.
Tatuayinepu "The one Yinepu sustains"

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Offline Nesiwepwawet

  • Shemsu-Ankh
  • Country: ca
Re: Pets: netjeri and akhu
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2021, 10:01:17 pm »
Remember that even though your pet doesn't become one of your Akhu, the Netjeri can still be with us if we invite them to do so, and we can develop relationships with them. So it is not about them being 'lesser' than Akhu -- just different :) Differences to celebrate.

If one's Akhu are amenable (as well as your Netjeri!), honoring your Netjeri along with your Akhu may very well be something that works for you.  In other cases, having separate spaces or objects may work better, but it will depend entirely on your personal situation and what your Netjeri, Akhu, etc. are looking for from you in specific. Netjeri can inhabit just about anything, so for example a plush form for a passed pet may be something they quite like! Or perhaps they'd like a little shrine home of their own.

Similar to Akhu and Netjeru, what each one wants from us as individuals, and in the form that they take specifically, will change.

How you touch base with Netjeri you'd like to work with / invite in / etc. and establishing a relationship will vary from person to person as well. There is no 100% "Kemetic Orthodoxy-stamped" way to do it. As long as you approach them with sincerity, that is what matters the most.

As for offerings, cool water is a great staple, and with pets -- perhaps small things they enjoyed in life, as a place to start? But what you develop with your Netjeri through the course of that relationship, it will be entirely up to you.

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Offline Emsenet

  • Divined Remetj
  • Country: au
Re: Pets: netjeri and akhu
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2021, 03:31:51 am »
I keep my dog Lily’s shrine on my Akhu shrine. I know she’s not an akh, but it feels right. ;)

I actually had Rev. Neshnyt consult with Yinepu via fedw to confirm whether on not she was hanging around and wanted to be honoured as a netjeri! Let me tell you — I cried. Hard!

I keep a bowl of water, some dog toys, a teddy bear (she always loved teddies), and some of her favourite treats. When the treats get too stale, I replace them and put the old ones in the compost.

I don’t have any ... formal, I guess, interactions with her. Sometimes I catch a glimpse out of the corner of my eye, or I hear little pitter patters, or my cats become fixated. In those instances, I just say hello. ❤️
Emseneteraset / Wesermuti
[ Orth. ] sat Aset-Serqet, meryt Tefnut her Heru-Nedj-It-Ef
[ Ind. ] sat Aset-Hethert her Tefnut, meryt Heru-Nedj-It-Ef her Sokar-Wesir

Offline Padjaiemweru

  • Shemsu-Ankh
  • Country: us
Re: Pets: netjeri and akhu
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2021, 04:23:07 pm »
I'm sorry for your loss.

I too struggle with the loss of my first 3 "adult life" pets, and have created a "petjeri" area for them near my akhu shrine. They spend time with me, and it helps ease the pain, a little bit at least.

I pray that you find some level of comfort, though the pain will never fully be gone, in however you choose to honor them. Like others said, they are not akhu, so they never needed to go through judgement and testing, they get to go right to the duat, and come visit us whenever they want. They are free of pain and worry, and can receive offerings and love from us right away.
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