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Author Topic: The 42 Purifications  (Read 353498 times)

Offline Rev. Tjesi

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #360 on: June 10, 2020, 05:29:58 pm »
Thank you, Rev Raheri.
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Offline Rev. Raheri

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #361 on: September 07, 2020, 12:20:12 pm »
Purification #39

Hail Neheb-nefret, coming forth from his cavern, I do not cancel the offering cakes of Netjer.

The cavern is a very mystical place in Ancient Kemet. From caverns, the waters of the Nile flowed. From caverns, gods were reborn and transfigured. This purification calls to a specific spirit that I am quite ignorant of. Hemet (AUS) translates this spirit’s name as “One who Harnesses Good Things.” So in essence, this spirit would control good things. Who doesn’t want to be on the side of, and a favorite of a spirit, who can control good things to come to oneself? This spirit helps use not to take back good things that we freely give. In the case of this purification, we specifically are talking about offerings given to the gods.

We all are aware that giving offerings to the gods is a good thing. Once the god has used these offerings, they revert back to us (through the standard formula given in Senut) and we too are able to partake of them. Whether or not this developed culturally because of the large amount of food being given to the temple or because it was deemed by the king that the priesthood should be fed with these offerings, the idea of giving something to god for favors bestowed, are among many cultures.

While we may believe this is the offering process, I would venture that the actual process begins when we start thinking about the offerings. This is when Neheb-nefret begins to work. We can call out to him to assist in obtaining what needs to be. It puts our intention first, before we even physically do it.

Neheb-nefret helps remind us that we should always value the food we have. Food makes a long journey to us and some food we put the time and energy into growing ourselves. Think about all the people, animals, and places that your food is interconnected with. With your offering, not only are you receiving Netjer’s blessing, but you are allowing all the others interconnected with your food to share in it as well.

“Neheb-nefret, you who controls good things.
May I receive the good you have in abundance.
May I only give that which is good and pure to the gods.
May I never fail to bless my food with Netjer’s presence.”
Son of Wesir-Sokar | Heri-sesheta
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"O my Mother Nut, stretch Yourself over me,
that I may be placed among the imperishable stars which are in You, and that I may never die."

Offline Senuwierneheh

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #362 on: September 07, 2020, 01:20:49 pm »
Purification #39


Neheb-nefret helps remind us that we should always value the food we have. Food makes a long journey to us and some food we put the time and energy into growing ourselves. Think about all the people, animals, and places that your food is interconnected with.


We saw via PBS a program called "The Colorado".  (Highly recommended by the way.)  One of its musically enhanced segments showed the farm workers whose efforts are fed with water from the Colorado.  They showed lettuce pickers and date gatherers (which are both grown here in Yuma).  I was glad to be reminded of the workers efforts.   When I give thanks for my food, I will remember and thank these workers.

Dua Neheb-nefret!

Senebty,
Neheh
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Offline Asetmehheri

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #363 on: September 07, 2020, 04:02:14 pm »
Thank you, Reverend Raheri. #38 and #39 were especially relevant to me today. *henu*
"Aset has concern for/thinks of me"
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Offline Gezemyinepu

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #364 on: September 08, 2020, 03:53:31 pm »
These are beautiful and in recent times very relevant. I appreciate this so much!
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Offline Rev. Raheri

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The 42 Purifications
« Reply #365 on: September 19, 2020, 06:03:33 pm »
Purification #40

Hail Holy-of-head, coming forth from his shrine, I do not carry away the offering cakes from the Akhu.


In this purification we ask for the assistance of Holy-of-head, also known as Tcheser-tep. Tcheser-tep was a serpent-like creature that was known for attacking the deceased within their tombs. The Book of the Dead includes spells to destroy this spirit from harming the deceased. Many serpent demons are described in this text with formulas to protect the dead from their destruction. As to why we are invoking this spirit in this instance is beyond my understanding. I can only find one reference bedsides the 42 Purifications from the tomb of Unas. However my opinion is that through placating this serpent we protect our ancestors and our own selves from annihilation.

Taking offerings already given to the ancestors is abhorrent and offensive to those spirits. Hemet states that just like we do not take offerings away from Netjer, we do not take them from our ancestors. To do so, would remove their favor and cause difficulty in our lives. Once an offering is given, it is theirs until you remove it from your ancestor shrine and place it into nature.

Wesir’s shrine here in Illinois is named Nekhen Sedjemiu Akhu (translated as the Shrine where the Ancestors are Heard). My priesthood has always focused on the ancestors and helping others connect to them and hear their messages. If you ever have any questions for the ancestors, I will do my best to help you communicate with or find they best way to do that.

“I offer this prayer to my Akhu, those whom are closer to me than Netjer.
I ask for you guidance, compassion, assistance, and love.
Help me to heal the hurt and pain in my own family.
Help me to feel your presence in my life.
May I always honor your names, and evoke you in my memories.
You are part of me, as I am part of you.
May I rejoice with you once again when I too join your following in Amenti.”
Son of Wesir-Sokar | Heri-sesheta
Awakening in Amenti | revmatt@kemet.org

"O my Mother Nut, stretch Yourself over me,
that I may be placed among the imperishable stars which are in You, and that I may never die."

Offline Amunraembia

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #366 on: September 20, 2020, 03:17:26 pm »
Thank you, Rev Raheri. I’ve very much been enjoying your commentary on the purifications. May I use your Akhu prayer in my own Akhu prayers?
Sat Amun-Ra, Lord in the Heavens
Meryt Nekhbet-Raet, Lady of Life, and Ptah, Lord of Creation

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Offline Rev. Raheri

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #367 on: September 21, 2020, 12:18:36 pm »
Thank you, Rev Raheri. I’ve very much been enjoying your commentary on the purifications. May I use your Akhu prayer in my own Akhu prayers?
I am fine with you using any of the prayers in your personal practice. Please don't post online or in any publications. The prayers are linked to my blog and you may share that link if you wish. Thanks.
Son of Wesir-Sokar | Heri-sesheta
Awakening in Amenti | revmatt@kemet.org

"O my Mother Nut, stretch Yourself over me,
that I may be placed among the imperishable stars which are in You, and that I may never die."

Offline Asetmehheri

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #368 on: September 21, 2020, 01:59:19 pm »
Thank you so much for doing these. <3 it will be interesting to see if any more information surfaces re: Tcheser-tep.
"Aset has concern for/thinks of me"
Sat Aset-Serqet
Meryt Sekhmet-Hethert, Nebthet-Nit-Seshat her Heru-Wer
Zep-Tepi Class of 52 <-- this is correct now LOL

Offline Asethepetwi

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #369 on: September 21, 2020, 03:12:04 pm »
Thank you so much for this Rev. Haheri, I really adore your thoughts and prayers.
I managed to find Tcheser-tep on the LAGG (I think it would be more appropriate to call him Djeser-Tep), it says He follows Wesir, punishes the deceased who needs to be punished and also rises the head of those who are justified. I translated it with google translator help, so it's not the best:

Quote
Dsr-tp "The one with his head raised"
volume 7, page 665

Iconography:
A. HUMAN SHAPE
a) Crouching God with a human head
b) Standing God who holds a knife in both hands
B. SNAKE-SHAPED:
a) Crouching god with snake head
b) Tang-headed God holding a knife in both hands
c) Coiled serpent
d) snake carrying a baboon's head on its snakehead
e) Human-headed snake sitting on a pedestal

Member of groups of gods:
A. a) Third of six protective gods in the connection Dsr-tp- * xnty-wTst
b) Fourth of eight Sbtyw gods
c) 2nd and 14th of 14 gods who follow Wesir (nTrw-imyw-xt-wsir)
d) 40th or 41st of the 42 judges of the dead in the connection HfAw-*pr-m-[...], var. Dsr-tp.f-*pr-m-bw.f, var. Dsr-tp-*pr-m-kAr(.), var. Dsr-tp-*pr-m-Tpxt.
B. a) 49th in a group of gods

Functions:
A. TITLE OF GODS:
a) Title of the sun god
B. IN RELATION TO THE DECEASED:
a) He should guard an unspecified group for the deceased (sAw) and fend them off for him (xsf).
b) He should distance himself from the deceased and not endanger them
c) He makes the head of the deceased Dsr
d) The deceased assures him that his claims were not greater than his property (n wr xrt.i n is miHr xt.i etc.), or that he did not rise above others
C. AS HARMFUL DEITY:
a) He bites (psH) the child (nwn)
D. AS PROTECTIVE DEITY:
a) He. protects the secret chamber with the iry-dnd snake (wsxt StAt)
E. WITH GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCE:
a) Designation of the god of the 17th o.ä. Gaues (upper/lowe Egypt Nome?)
F. OTHER:
a) He lives from the voices of the gods and those who are on earth. He enters and exits (iw.f pr.f aK.f) by conveying the needs of the living to the great God daily without being seen
b) To whom the dignities (saHw) the Hethert will give
c) Mafdet jumped on his neck
d) He watches (nhs) over the one with a keen heart (dm-ib), who (was) escaped from him
e) A patient with a headache comes with a report (wpt) from Djehuty for Dsr-tp
f) The reciter was born in his House (pr)
g) On behalf of a domain
h) In a spell
i) Under a number of snake names

Hepetwi
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Offline Asetmehheri

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #370 on: September 21, 2020, 06:15:18 pm »
Asethepetwi: That is excellent info! <3

FYI the line with '17th o.a.(ober ägypten) Gaues'  is 17th nome of Upper Egypt.
'u.a. Gaues' is Lower Egyptian ('unter ägypten') nome
"Aset has concern for/thinks of me"
Sat Aset-Serqet
Meryt Sekhmet-Hethert, Nebthet-Nit-Seshat her Heru-Wer
Zep-Tepi Class of 52 <-- this is correct now LOL

Offline Rev. Raheri

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The 42 Purifications
« Reply #371 on: December 06, 2020, 11:38:32 am »
Purification #41

Hail Carrying-in-his-Portion, coming forth from Ma’ati, I do not carry off the offering-cakes for the children; I have not tied up the god of my town.

According to Hemet (AUS), this purification is identified with Yinepu, the One who oversees the judgement in the Hall of Two Truths. Once again, we are continuing the action of removing that which does not belong to us. However, we now move on to persons in the Seen world while previously we have focused on the gods and ancestral spirits. This first part of the purification should sound familiar to many of us. We do not take sustenance from those who rely on us and are unable to sustain themselves. In a modern context I would suggest that we include those of us who are vulnerable populations- the disabled, those from racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, the homeless, those in poverty, those suffering from chronic physical and mental health conditions including addiction.  These persons are vulnerable because they can be easily exploited in our modern society, thus taking away from them pulls us away from ma’at.

The second part of this purification has announced our innocence in tying up the local nome god. Hemet (AUS) states that this purification may had something to do with theophany of local cults. She does go on to explain that another way to examine this purification is not forcing Netjer in a box. For example, lots of people will say that Aset can be fierce and direct. But I have never experienced Her this way. I have always found Her warm and motherly. But this is my experience even though it may not be yours. Since She is a shapeshifter why can She not be both? It is important for us not put make things dogmatic, dualistic, and conceptualized. The gods and Their behaviors are beyond what are minds can fathom. We need to be open to the experiential component of living a modern Kemetic Orthodox life. While scholarly works and study are important and can bring us closer to Netjer, I feel it is that experiential ecstatic relationship which will truly help us not to tie Netjer down.

“Yinepu, guardian of those souls arriving in the Halls of Ma’ati,
Be my advocate and protector in the Great Hall.
I have protected the children.
I have protected the poor.
I have protected the ill.
I have protected the disabled.
I have protected the elders.
I have protected those marginalized from society.
May my heart be in balance with ma’at during judgement and my life’s journey.
May nothing within my heart be heavy and may nothing within my heart be too light.
For when my heart is heavy, I will be weighted down and unable to overcome my own self,
And when my heart is too light, I will never find ground and be in touch with my life in the Seen world.
Yinepu, defend me with the ferocity that You defend my ancestors. “
Son of Wesir-Sokar | Heri-sesheta
Awakening in Amenti | revmatt@kemet.org

"O my Mother Nut, stretch Yourself over me,
that I may be placed among the imperishable stars which are in You, and that I may never die."

Offline Emsenet

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #372 on: December 06, 2020, 04:05:15 pm »
The second part of this purification has announced our innocence in tying up the local nome god. Hemet (AUS) states that this purification may had something to do with theophany of local cults. She does go on to explain that another way to examine this purification is not forcing Netjer in a box. [...] It is important for us not put make things dogmatic, dualistic, and conceptualized. The gods and Their behaviors are beyond what are minds can fathom. We need to be open to the experiential component of living a modern Kemetic Orthodox life. While scholarly works and study are important and can bring us closer to Netjer, I feel it is that experiential ecstatic relationship which will truly help us not to tie Netjer down.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this (second-last!) purification, Rev. Raheri. I know that I definitely struggle with the second half of it, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one.

Offline Rev. Raheri

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The 42 Purifications
« Reply #373 on: January 09, 2021, 05:15:17 pm »
Purification #42
Hail White-Tusks, coming forth from Lake-land, I do not slaughter the herds of divine cattle.

In doing my research for this purification, I had a difficult time trying to pinpoint whom this netjer or netjeri is. The Kemetic name is Hetch-abhu. Hemet (AUS) translates this as “White-tusks.” However, who or what White-Tusks is was more difficult to ascertain. The term “Lake-land” refers to the Faiyum, a large oasis particularly sacred to Sobek. Divine cattle would lead one to think of Hethert. Then I thought of Taweret. Hippopotami are mammals that have lived in ancient Kemet and in this region. Since hippos have continuously growing incisors, I could see how they would resemble tusks. There is also at form of Taweret called Reret, which does translate to sow. However, this is all conjecture on my part. I do knot have the academic knowledge to pinpoint it any better. According to Budge’s Egyptian Dictionary, Hetch-abhu is an assessor for Osiris, which basically states they are one of the 42 which we already know. It is possible that White-Tusk is a netjeri as well.

I have not slaughtered any divine cattle, let alone any cattle lately. If we think to the past, harming cattle in the sacred precincts would have been a heinous crime. Taking away what rightfully belongs to god before the reversion of offerings follows along the last few precepts of taking what does not belong to us. While this was not a problem for most of the common people, it could have been more common problem for the priesthood who had access to the cattle. In the words of Hemet (AUS), “Remember your god (or goddess) first. All else can then follow.

Since I could not really identify this assessor, I decided to dedicate this final prayer to Taweret, a goddess who does not get much airtime.

“Taweret, protect my ka with Your fierce teeth.
Taweret, protect my ba with Your fierce claws.
Taweret, protect me and nourish me with life flowing from Your breasts.
O Great One, protect me from all malevolent forces wishing to harm me.
Watch over me as I labor and as I rest.
O Mistress of the Horizon, protect me all the days of my life
as You protect those who have joined You in the sky.”

Addendum:
After a long period of contemplation over the past 13 years, we have come to an end of the 42 Purifications. It has been my pleasure sharing with you my thoughts, aspirations, and prayers. I hope this discussion on how to apply the 42 Purifications to our daily life as Kemetic Orthodox has benefited you. Over the years, I know I have grown not only with my own contemplations but by reading your thoughts and discussion as well. Thank you.
My next series will begin in a few months as we begin discussing the “Maxims of Ptahhotep” and how we can apply these ethical/moral proverbs to modern life.

Son of Wesir-Sokar | Heri-sesheta
Awakening in Amenti | revmatt@kemet.org

"O my Mother Nut, stretch Yourself over me,
that I may be placed among the imperishable stars which are in You, and that I may never die."

Offline Senuwierneheh

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Re: The 42 Purifications
« Reply #374 on: January 10, 2021, 04:44:40 pm »
Thank you, Raheri!

I look forward to studying the “Maxims of Ptahhotep”, too.

Senebty,
Neheh....

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Self-care Hethert, Set and Ptah Advocate
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