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The Doge Cerberus!!
"the Powerful One and the Beloved One of Ptah
the Female Who raises an army,
the Sovereign in the Sky, no one is equal to Her,
Life and Death are under Her authority,
the Daughter of Ra, She is His double,
the Wife Who leads the husbands,
the Beautiful Maiden of Ra,
no one opposes Her among the Gods,
She is the Queen of the Sky, of the Earth, and of the NetherWorld, of waters and hills,
there is no region that does not knows Her name.
Gods and Goddesses are worshipping You,
the crew of Ra is Your retinue.
May Mut, Sekhmet, Bastet, Outo (‘Uadjet’), and Shesemtet protect the son that They love, the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, the Lord of the Two Lands, Horus, the beloved one of Hathor the Lady of Iunet.”
One Nation Under Ra
I worked hard, translating the new (dedicated) poetry piece (which I’m quite proud with) into english, reciting it and recording, making youtube subtitles and…
… seems that no one ever noticed.
And queued posts with KnA fanart get all the notes.
*makes annoyed KnA!Thoth face and walks away*
stupid wall slamming red bean chugging money extorting gOD
Damn. I did it again. Instead of my shool works I’m doing this…Ouch!
King Sethi I (wearing the Blue Crown of War) kneeling and offering flowers to Montu (wearing the Solar Crown with the Two Feathers); above the King is represented Horus of Behdet in His form of sacred falcon spreading His wings and holding the shen-ring of eternal protection.
Scene from the inner side of the Great Hypostyle Hall (north wall, west half) of the Great Temple of Amon-Ra at Ipet-Sut (Uaset-Thebes)
In 2005, I’ve been working in a telecommunication company called WestCall.
I liked the company and especially the name, which I usually translated into Ancient Egyptian as “Amenti-Heru”, Call of the West.
So there were few poetry lines written back then:
When you will get tired of singing faint hymns to the East,
Make a call to the West.
And we will connect you.
And when I saw them again today, I thought about satsekhem
who is somehow my colleague in telecommunications tech support, and then I thought about the host of akhu as about operators of celestial
"tech-support" in the Duat Telecommunications.
(Someone needs to fix the godphone lines and care about routing prayers, right? And about making working wi-fi at Ra’s barques and in Netjeru mansions, right?)
So there is my poem about all of this. No, it’s not supposed to be very funny, it’s more like sad bit of modern mysticism, as I see it.
May be it’s a bit sad. But this sadness is light.
It was also greatly inspired by Satsekhem’s “dark night of Sekhmet” rite,
and my recent reading of Hornung’s book, and many other things.
Sorry, I can’t translate it keeping rhythm and rhymes… so please listen to
the original in russian. =))
This is merely an interlinear translation…
Please watch video with subtitles :)
The Call of the West (Imntj-Hrw)
*** to Satsekhem & Satdeshret
When you will get tired of singing faint hymns to the East,
Make a call to the West.
And we will connect you.
When you will get tired of dreaming about the summer,
The city is getting wet under the snow,
And the question freezes on mute,
make a call to the West.
We are here, and ready to answer always,
We, the line operators of the sphere of unfading stars…
Relieve your sorrow about those who are gone. Nobody disappears without trace;
The breathe of the mouth [voice-offering] is enough, just repeat the names…
This is not hell and not heaven. And the work has two shifts too, by the way.
But our water here is clear. And also, we have the Moon.
We are those who have gone, were and will endure,
Those who were justified, even if we weren’t crystal-pure.
We change our forms,
And your worries, people,
Are being recorded in the logs of the books of fate by Thoth-Trismegist.
Make call to the West!
You were sending your prayers to the East,
But the line is always busy - may be the network is down?
You need to renew your software,
While Sekhmet, the Fiery Eye,
Drinks the Wine of reconciliation at the New Moon Night, together with Djehuty.
Every morning, the movements of the spheres are unchanging,
And the Eternity from now on is lined to sectors,
Someone keeps watch at the night -
And someone at the day shift,
Someone in the mansion of the Moon,
And someone on the barque of Ra.
All the chains of events are volatile and stable,
And the Ouroboros-serpent, playing, bites his tail -
The Eternity will end someday, but it’s too early to think about it now;
Our work is to stop the Chaos, as long as we have strength.
At the Morning Ma’at is triumphant, but the routing tables of the Universe
Have to be configured precisely,
For all our upcoming battles…
In the immovability of the Stars and in the shine of voiceless litanies
We keep our termless watch:
Duat, tech-support department,
Telephonist operators for your prayers.
[original in russian]
… Когда вы устанете утром петь тусклые гимны Восходу -
… Повоните Западу.
И мы вас соединим.
Когда вы устанете снова мечтать о лете,
Когда город мокнет под снегом,
И стынет немой вопрос,
Позвоните на Запад.
Мы здесь, мы всегда ответим,
Мы, операторы линий сферы немеркнущих звезд…
Уймите скорбь об ушедших. Никто не исчезнет бесследно,
Достаточно лишь дыхания уст, и повторить имена…
Это не ад и не рай. И работа тоже в две смены,
Но вода здесь чиста. И еще у нас есть Луна.
Мы те кто ушли, были и вновь пребудем ,
Те, кто оправдан, пусть и не был кристально чист
Мы меняем формы,
А ваши тревоги, люди,
В логах книги Судьбы запишет Тот-Трисмегист.
Позвоните на Запад!..
Вы слали молитвы Востоку,
Но там постоянно занято - может, обрыв сети?
Пьет вино примиренья в новолунье вдвоем с Джехути.
Каждое утро - движения сфер неизменны,
Вечность отныне расчерчена на сектора,
Кто-то дежурит в ночную,
И кто-то в дневную смену,
Кто-то в чертогах Луны,
И кто-то - на барке Ра…
Все цепочки событий изменчивы и постоянны,
Змей-Уроборос, играя, свой хвост закусил -
Вечность когда-нибудь кончится.
Но думать об этом рано,
Нам - останавливать хаос, покуда хватает сил.
Утром Маат торжествует - но роутинг мирозданья
Нужно настраивать точно
Для всех наших будущих битв…
В неподвижности звезд и сияньи безмолвных литаний
Мы всегда дежурим бессрочно,
Дуат, отдел техподдержки,
Телефонисты для ваших молитв.
(c) In-Taier, 27.7.2014
When you live in the dark for so long, you begin to love it. And it loves you back, and isn’t that the point? You think, the face turns to the shadows, and just as well. It accepts, it heals, it allows.
But it also devours.
Raymond Carver, Late Fragment.
Life is short. Spend it doing what feels right.
And my last achievement:
yesterday I made russian translation of Sobekemiti’s Morning Hymn to Amun.
And I’m quite proud.
But it needs to be recited in russian, to let you hear, how it sounds in russian language and how it works…
Hi sweetheart! :)
To be completely honest with you, I am not a Kemetic, so I am really just a big dummy in love with Anubis, however I will share with you my honest point of view on this.
*** And I also want to ask all of my Kemetic followers, if any of you has any advice for anon, please reblog with your advice as well! ♥ ***
To me, personally, there is no problem in looking into or even following one or more Egyptian gods if you have red hair. I know I saw a post recently on Tumblr about another anon who was asking about being white and worshiping the Egyptian gods.
In a nutshell, the gods do not care about your skin tone, your hair color, how you look like, your flaws, if you’re too young or too old, where you are from, if you’re rich or poor, and so forth, as long as you honor them and are respectful to them, to yourself, and follow your heart by practicing and following whatever your heart wishes, either a specific path already traced or by creating your own path with your own beliefs and the like.
And, this is random but I feel like saying this just in case, do not ever dye your hair in order to “fit in” or to “please the gods” or for whatever other reason having to do with your path. They can still see our true self and they do not like it when we pretend to be something we’re not. They love our real self and what we truly are and so should we. I say go for it if you’re feeling called! :)
I hope this helps you out sweetie! ♥ And if anyone else would like to add anything, please feel free to do so. :3
Sorry, I think your choice of words here is not the best:
And, this is random but I feel like saying this just in case, do not ever dye your hair in order to “fit in” or to “please the gods” or for whatever other reason having to do with your path. They can still see our true self and they do not like it when we pretend to be something we’re not.
I’m not the only one who dyes hair and adds a devotional meaning to it. I remember there was just recently a talk about devotional hairstyles :) and I remember that thejackalsdance gave a link to ecauldron thread regarding this.
Some people do headcovering, some people cut hair, some people make braids, some let the hair be loose during rituals or shrine-tending.
So, I understand the point that it’s not a good idea to dye hair “just to fit in”.
But, it is perfectly fine to do anything with your hairstyle, including dye, “to please the Gods”. Because they may request it or just give you signs of appreciation towards certain hairstyle, and then, why not?
I’m not pretending to be something I’m not, when I dye my hair.
So, sorry, but you see that there could be some misunderstanding with your word choice.
Dying hair or applying certain hairstyle (or headcovering) for religious reasons IS okay.
I know and I understand. I’ve been shaving my head for about 4 years now and am now letting my hair grow out for my god, even though he didn’t ask me to do it, I felt like doing so.
I’m not saying everyone who dyes their hair is pretending to be something they’re not, I’m just saying that if people want to do something, to do it because they feel it from their heart, not as an obligation or because other followers say that they should do X thing or because their natural hair color is “wrong” if they’re part of X religion.
There is nothing worse than doing something that you don’t want to, but you do it anyway to please other people or the gods. Which is why I insist to do things only if you feel in your heart like doing them. Unless you’re paying off a promise to them in exchange of something, like it’s commonly done in my country.
Yes, this makes things a lot more clear and better; thanks for expanding your opinion :)
I almost finished Hornung’s “Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: the one and the many”.
This was one of the most boring books I’ve read, despite the fact that egyptian religion is a most fascinating topic and this book considered to be a must-read.
Assmann’s book “The search for God in Ancient Egypt” (I’ve read it in russian translation) was a lot better.
Yes, there were some interesting points in Hornung, and i may later share several quotes that caught my attention especially.
But also there were many moments I was unable to agree with.
Fortunately, these were not dogmas of egyptology. And other egyptologists may have different opinions.
Hornung denied egyptian “mysticism” and even an idea of a person approaching God with love. He is very rationalistic.
And I believe my own experience; when I’ve read devotional stelae of Pushkin museum in Moscow, I was hit by most flashing revelation:
These people (ancient-egyptians) *loved* their gods. And this love was sincere.
I saw this love streaming and pouring in every line of hieroglyphic text…
…anyway, I almost finished Hornung, and it means I probably will go back to finish Rosalie David; while also reading new book of Lesley Jackson on Hathor, and trying to resist the idea to translate Jackson’s entire book about Thoth into russian.
But may be I can translate selected chapters and see how it works.