A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor

Djehuti-emhab, an official of Pharaoh Ramses, had a detaied description of his personal encounter with the Goddess Hathor inscribed on the walls of his tomb in Thebes. These inscriptions are quite unique when compared to other Theban tombs. Here is Djehuti-emhab's hymn and encounter with the Goddess: A hymn of the Golden One, Eye of … Continue reading A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor

Ancient Egyptian Hymns, Poetry and the Songs of the Harpers

The distinction between songs, hymns and poetry in Ancient Egyptian temples, tombs, and papyrus texts is not always clear. The term "song" is used for the writings which are depicted with musical instruments and if the songs are seen to have a clear connection with temples and festivals then they are usually described as hymns. … Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Hymns, Poetry and the Songs of the Harpers

Hymn to Nut, the Sky Goddess

A member of our community donated some wonderful artworks to the North Quabbin Sanctuary. One of these artworks is a depiction of the Sky Goddess Nut on papyrus. In thanks to our community, and to honor the Sky Goddess, I thought it would be appropriate today to share a hymn to Nut from the Pyramid … Continue reading Hymn to Nut, the Sky Goddess

The Shabaka Stone and Ptah the Divine

Egypt had been ravaged by foreign rulers for a period of 400 years after the end of the New Kingdom. A renewal of ancient Egyptian culture, philosophy and theology were desperately needed. The Pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty were Nubians and even though the Nubians had followed the Ancient Egyptian religion for 2000 years, they … Continue reading The Shabaka Stone and Ptah the Divine

Amun-Ra and the Nubian Dynasty

The New Kingdom/Egyptian Empire, occurred between the 16th century BCE and the 11th century BCE, and covered the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties of Egypt. This was the period of time in which Seti I and Ramesses II, and their descendants, ruled and expanded Egypt. It is often considered Egypt's most prosperous time and the … Continue reading Amun-Ra and the Nubian Dynasty

Two Hymns to the Goddess Aset (Isis) in Her Temple at Philae

The islands of Bigeh and Philae, located in the First Cataract of the Nile River, were sacred sites to the ancient Egyptians. After the construction of the Aswan High Dam the actual islands were submerged by Lake Nasser. Fortunately the entire temple complex of Philae was relocated and the Hymns to Isis can still be … Continue reading Two Hymns to the Goddess Aset (Isis) in Her Temple at Philae

The Seven Principles of Ma’at

The Goddess Maʽat is the embodiment of the Ancient Egyptian Seven Principles of Ma'at which are Truth, Balance, Order, Harmony, Righteousness, Morality, and Justice. It was expected that the priests, Pharaohs and their families embody these principles, along with every member of the community.  Life was to be lived in such a way that these … Continue reading The Seven Principles of Ma’at

Goddess Mafdet, the Great Feline Guardian

From the beginning of the First Dynasty of Egypt (circa 3200 BCE) the great cheetah goddess Mafdet was worshiped. She was known as “the runner” representing swift death. As the "Avenger of the King" Mafdet was believed to rip out the hearts of evildoers and lay the hearts at the Pharaoh’s feet in the same … Continue reading Goddess Mafdet, the Great Feline Guardian

Hymn to the Mother Goddess Mut

Mut is the Ancient Egyptian mother goddess who came to prominence during the New Kingdom (circa 1500 BCE). She originated as a local goddess in the Nile River delta and was linked to the primeval waters of the universe from which all things were born; Mut was therefore considered a creator goddess and mother of … Continue reading Hymn to the Mother Goddess Mut

Ipy the Hippopotamus Goddess, Mistress of Magical Protection

Ipy (Apet, Ipet, Opet) was a hippopotamus goddess known as a protective and nourishing deity. Her name meant 'favored place' and she was depicted as a combination of human, hippopotamus, lion, and crocodile. This combination of attributes shows both her protective and nourishing aspects. Ipy was one of several goddesses, including Taweret, Reret and Heqet, … Continue reading Ipy the Hippopotamus Goddess, Mistress of Magical Protection