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

Offerings to Goddess Bast – for her Birthday

Just a few days after the Winter Solstice, the Ancient Egyptians celebrated the birthday of the Goddess Bast (Bastet). The offerings to Bast included fine wine, beer, chocolate, water, fruit, fruit juices and meat - Bast, the Cat Goddess, was certainly a carnivore. The colors identified with Bast are green and gold as well as … Continue reading Offerings to Goddess Bast – for her Birthday

Keeping the Bees

Keeping and caring for honey bees was practiced in Ancient Egypt for thousands of years. Aside from bees being recognized as the "Tears of Re" (the Sun), Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs reveal the importance of the honey bee, as well as the cultivation of hives for more than 4000 years, not only as a sweetener, but … Continue reading Keeping the Bees

A firm heart on the right path

Gracious is the face of the well-doer. Let the beneficent one find great company too. To seek without finding equals waste of time. A firm heart on the right path can work like gold and jewels. ~Papyrus of Ani