The Bennu Bird

The Bennu Bird is an ancient Egyptian deity linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth. According to Egyptian mythology, the Bennu Bird was a self-created deity which played a role in the creation of the world. It was said to be the Ba (soul) of the sun god Ra and facilitated the actions of Atum, the … Continue reading The Bennu Bird

Temples, Sanctuaries, and Shrines

In ancient Egypt magical ceremonies and rituals were performed by priests and priestesses in Temples dedicated to the various dieties. These rites and offerings were performed to the gods/goddesses who upheld Maat - the divine order of the Universe. Like the ancient Egyptians, the ritual duties at the Iseum are the responsibility of the priestesses, … Continue reading Temples, Sanctuaries, and Shrines

Bes the Champion

Bes is a complex being who is both a deity and a demonic fighter. He was a god of war as well as protector of childbirth and the home; and he was associated with sexuality, humor, music and dancing. Bes is depicted as a bearded dwarf often shown sticking out his tongue and holding a … Continue reading Bes the Champion

Seshat and the Tree Spirits

Seshat is named as one of the Seven Hathors. The Ancient Egyptians saw her as the Goddess of writing, historical records, accounting and mathematics, measurement and architecture. She was depicted with a headdress that is also her hieroglyph which may represent either a stylized flower or seven pointed star on a standard that is beneath … Continue reading Seshat and the Tree Spirits

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

The Five Gifts of Hathor

The Egyptians believed that the gods were not distant deities in the heavens; the gods lived alongside people and interacted with them daily. Trees were considered the homes of the gods and one of the most popular of the Egyptian deities, Hathor, was known as "The Lady of the Sycamore" because she was thought to … Continue reading The Five Gifts of Hathor

A Hymn to the Nile

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.