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.
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, Mistress of the Great Library
Thoth is the Ancient Egyptian God of writing, magic, wisdom, and the moon. The worship of Thoth began in Lower Egypt most likely during the Pre-Dynastic Period (c. 6000-3150 BCE) and continued through the Ptolemaic Period (323-30 BCE) which was the last dynastic era of Ancient Egyptian history. Thus the worship and veneration of Thoth … Continue reading Hymn to Thoth – God of Writing, Magic, Wisdom and the Moon
As mentioned in a previous post, the Westcar Papyrus is an ancient Egyptian text containing five stories about magic and miracles performed by the lector-priests. Each of these tales are told at the royal court of Pharaoh Khufu of the 4th dynasty (25th century BCE). When researching the Goddess Wenet (Lady Unu), I found a … Continue reading Heku – Magical Stories Part 3
The Cairo Calendar is a 19th Dynasty Egyptian almanac and horoscope calendar that lists feasts, mythological events, favorable or adverse days, forecasts, and warnings. It includes over 40 references to the "going forth" of deities. According to researcher Patricia Hardy, dates of the "going forth" coincide with astronomical events, the movements of stars and constellations. … Continue reading Hymn to Thoth and the Rising of Alphekka
Prayer to Thoth - Daily Ritual Prayer of Adoration O you gods in Heaven, O you gods on Earth! You Southerners, Northerners, Westerners, Easterners, Come and behold Thoth, how He shines forth in His crown which the two lords in Hermopolis have set in place for Him, in order that He may perform the governance … Continue reading Prayer to Thoth – Daily Prayer of Adoration
This Prayer to Thoth c. 1150 BCE, from the time of the New Kingdom, is a prayer for inspiration to Thoth, God of wisdom and writing. This prayer was found in the Papyrus Anastasi V, a scroll discovered at Thebes more than 150 years ago. According to the Cairo Ancient Egyptian calendar, today is the … Continue reading Prayer to Thoth