Animal fables may have been popular in Egypt since the New Kingdom, since there are illustrated papyri dated to the New Kingdom which depict animals acting in human situations, such as festivities, labors, and combats. The fable of The Lion in Search of Man is especially remarkable, because here the Egyptian stepped outside of themselves, looked at man, and found them to be evil. The final part of this fable predates a shorter and similar version in the Fables of Aesop.
The hymn refers to Egyptian religion and the Egyptians' relationship to the Nile. This also provides some clues as to the economy and Egyptian society as well as the Egyptians attitudes/worship of Nature.
The story of the Aten is unique in Egyptian history, as well as being one of the most complicated and controversial aspects of Ancient Egyptian religion. The Aten is an ancient Egyptian Sun God often seen or referred to as part of Re (Ra). There was no creation story for the Aten nor did it … Continue reading The God of the Sun, Aten the Solar Disk
Djehuti-emhab, an official of Pharaoh Ramses, had a detailed 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. Tomb of Djehuti-emhab, ca. 1279–1213 B.C. New Kingdom Here is Djehuti-emhab's hymn and encounter with the Goddess: … Continue reading A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor
Reflecting on our Shrine to the Lady Hathor, we come across her in the Papyrus of Ani (also known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Translated by E.A. Wallis Budge) Hathor, Lady of Amentet, the Dweller in the Great Land, the Lady of Ta-Tchesert, the Eye of Ra, the Dweller in his breast, the … Continue reading The Praise of Hathor, Lady of Amentet (Dweller in the Great Land)
At the heart of the Egyptian calendar year was the rising waters of the Nile as part of the annually-occurring inundation. Egyptians noted that the Sirius star (Sothis) would rise roughly at same time every year, which for between 3,000-2,500 BC was in late June. With the inundation usually happening shortly thereafter, the Egyptians celebrated … Continue reading The Inundation – the New Year
From the Papyrus Leiden I 350
Stanza VI The Gifts of the Creatures to God
Wadj-wer (or Uat-Ur ) is translated in ancient Egyptian as "the Great Green" referring to a either the Mediterranean Sea or a large body of water such as the network of lakes at the northern limits of the Delta. There are inscriptions of "crossing the great green" by foot which would indicate a land-crossing through … Continue reading Wadj-wer, the “Great Green” Deity
The rites and worship of the Goddess Hathor, “The Golden Goddess” and “The Lady of Dance” were heavily associated with the performance of dance and music. The power of music and movement were used to transport the worshiper into an ecstatic encounter with the Divine. The ecstatic nature of the dancing performed for the Goddess … Continue reading Goddess Hathor: Hymn to the Lady of Dance
Sekhet (Sokhet, Sakhet, Sochet) is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of the life of the fields, meadows, marshes and the wetlands. She is Mistress of Sekhet-Aaru, the Field of Reeds, the Otherworld paradise where Osiris rules. It has been described as the ka (soul) of the Nile Delta. As the Goddess of marshes or fields, she … Continue reading Sekhet, the Fen-Goddess