A Word to Readers

Dear Readers,
I am going away for some time and I will come back sometime in the middle of JANUARY. When I do, I will notify you.

I posted again on The Light.

Hi, I will post every Saturday from now on, but there might be a few exceptions. If so, I will notify you. The new post I have posted today will be continued every week on the same post. Notice that I have put the date on the top left hand corner. I will do so every week so that you know where you have left off.

At the same time, I would like to thank all of you faithful readers for encouraging me. Your encouragement has motivated me to publish a book. In fact, Dawn is going to be my first book. The prologue I posted on this blog is a rough draft of the book's prologue. I'll keep you posted on my progress, but I cannot reveal the details --Book Progress: Chapter 14

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Egyptian Mythology and Religion

Egyptian mythology has always intrigued me, so this is a little research essay I have written about it.
     Flames leap into the air, dancing and twirling, as forests of turquoise materialize in the swirling mist.  Ferocious demons with heads of vicious lions and hair matted with blood loom out of the shadows in front of the barge, baring their teeth in snarls and flinging themselves into combat with the gods and goddesses swarming around it.  As the battle rages around the barge, brilliant, incandescent light radiates from a throne of pure fire upon which the sun god, Ra, sits calmly.  The crook and flail hang from his waist, and his loyal guardians fight around him.  Every night, it is the same, the exact same barge, the very raging battle, and the journey through the Duat.  Many wonders and feats of ancient Egypt, the echoes of its past, still exist centuries after the fall of the empire.  Egypt is still very much alive and so are her gods.  Egyptian mythology and religion, including the creation myth, Ma’at and Isfet, and the Afterlife, continue to intrigue the world.
Creation Myth
     The creation myth introduces the major gods and goddesses, explaining how the universes and all life came to be, from the tiniest ant to the dawn of the civilization of humans.  According to the creation myth, the world was just a vast void of never-ending water, Nun, in the beginning of time.  From its tumultuous, foaming waters, Atum, the first god, rose into being and created a mound of earth upon which he could stand on.  The self-created god, gazing at the endless expanse of blue, sneezed out Shu, the god of wind, and spat out Tefnut, the goddess of moist air.  When the newborn god and goddess became fully-grown, they married, producing Geb, the earth god, and Nut, the sky goddess.  Nut and Geb declared themselves husband and wife right after they grew up, but their happiness did not last.  Nut defied Ra, the sun god or Atum reincarnated, to give birth to her children.  As soon as Ra discovered what Nut had done, he ordered Shu to isolate Geb and Nut forever, so the air between the sky and earth was created.  Husband and wife had to stay away from each other, enduring the pain and Ra’s wrath for an eternity.
     Sunlight scorched the cracked, barren earth, the rays blinding.  Savage winds ravaged the land, kicking up dust in their wake, as parched riverbeds awaited the cool relief of water.  Sandstorms tore through the expanse of land, a fog that rolled in from the horizon.  It was earth as it used to be, without any creatures to inhabit it.  Ra, observing this from the heavens, called upon Khnum, the ram-headed god, to consult him about the matter.  After days of discussing, they finally came upon an idea.  Khnum collected clay and sculpted figurines from it.  Breathing life into the inept sculptures, the potter imparted a portion of his life force into the clay, and thus, humans were introduced to the world.
Ma’at and Isfet
     The very basis of the Egyptian belief system is Ma’at and Isfet. Ma’at is the goddess of truth, justice, and order, personified as a woman in a long, tight-fitting dress with ocher skin and an ostrich feather perched upon her head.  The goddess symbolizes the order of creation and balance, whereas Isfet is the opposite of all Ma’at stands for, chaos, evil, and injustice.  Everything in the world revolves around order and chaos.  If Ma’at prevails, then Isfet will fail.  As the story goes, it has been this way from the beginning of time, when Atum created order out of the primordial waters of chaos.  Ma’at must always be made out of Isfet, ensuring cosmic balance.  Pharaohs defended it; peasants strove to retain it; empires rose and fell to keep the cosmos in equilibrium.   
     The Egyptian Afterlife, including Duat and Aaru, is rich with mysteries, filled with mystical realms and arcane lands.  The Duat, a void below the mortal world, is the Egyptian Underworld, where Ra passes through on his reed barge every night to bring light to the world at dawn.  Torrid lakes of fire boil in the darkness.  Lion-headed monstrosities that bear names the living dare not speak gorge on blood, their matted fur shining crimson.  The River of Night flows eerily into the Underworld, its various cataracts churning the water to a foamy froth and the tributaries confusing those who enter.  Amid it all, the Hall of Justice stands, where a soul is judged after its journey through the Underworld.     
     After a deceased one dies, the myth tells us that its ba, everything that makes a human an individual, would leave the body and be carried away by the currents of the Duat.  Then, it would embark on a tough journey through the Underworld to arrive in the Hall of Judgment, where the last test the ba needs to take would take place.  If it failed, the soul would be obliterated, but if it passed, it could continue on to Aaru.  In the paradise, fertile land stretches to the horizon, where the sun is at its zenith, shining high in the sky, a ball of flame.  Eternal reed fields cover it, with abundant food and warm breezes.  The ba could live on in the Afterlife, welcomed by the sun’s loving embrace, the rays of luminescent light, warm caresses.
     Therefore, Egyptian religion and mythology has intensely fascinated the whole world. I am sure you will agree that its mystical creation myth, ideas of Isfet and Ma’at, and distinctive form of the Afterlife are forever engraved in the sands of time.  So next time you spot the statue of an Egyptian god or goddess, do not just pass it for a moldy relic, think of it as a primordial being that could once change the course of the universe.  Even though the ancient Egyptian civilization is long gone, its legacy, the remnants of a once-great empire, still lasts today.


  1. I love this post. Mommy shares the same interest on the Egyptian myth and religion.

  2. Wow, this is very creative, and interesting. Indeed, Egypt is full of misteries. Love the story.

  3. I was also fascinated by Egyptian cultures in past. Mysterious! The music, such a unique rhythm and melody. The painting of people. You must also have noticed that the people's head always in profile with big a dark eye, with shoulder facing front, and legs in profile again. Is that interesting? My favorite is the Great Pyramid. It has been an obession of many architects. How could this masterpiece built in desert without any modern machinary?! Is that amazing?

    Love this writing, and want to read more.

    You are a very talented writer! Keep up your good work!

    1. Thank you for your comment! Egyptian culture is indeed amazing, and as for the way they depicted the people, they did so because they did not want the pictures to have all the parts of the body. Otherwise, they believed that the "people" would have come alive and killed the artist or carver. Interesting, is it not?

  4. I find similarites in ancient Egyptian myths and others such as the Hawaiian creation myth. There is the concept of chaos and order. This is found in many if not all creation myths.

    In modern science, we can see this concept in the compression of our solar heliosphere. Science is currently investigating the compression and has linked it to the solar systems travels into thinner/thicker gas clouds. The Voyagers has found a much more magnetic area out near the heliopause.

    The source of the compression may be neutrinos/antineutrinos from a Proxima/Centauri system fragment, or the galaxy may be a giant capacitor which fills and empties on a 5,000 y cycle. Whatever is the source, our ancient people knew this compression/expansion cycle as reoccuring and periodic.

    Immense energy is poured into the gas cloud surrounding the heliosphere, causing it to be compressed. You may see this action due to a DL plasma. The compression has been in the past carried to almost the surface of the sun; all planets were exposed to truly cosmic rays and expansion. During an early compression, it is possible the sun novaed under controlled conditions, spent its energy turning the core to iron, and ordered its elements, with the surface carrying on neuclear reactions. This is the concept of the Iron Sun by O Manuel. Of course, this would reflect the conditions of life beginning at 1/2 billion years ago.

    Later expansions could have seen the pre-Moon chunk of Earth drift so far as to remain independent when the expansion ended with the return of normal from the slightly-larger than the sun heliosphere compression. This would explain the thicker far side (the surface) and the thinner near side (the ocean sea bed).

    This implies that our smarter selves discovered the science that controls the expansion/compression events. And would also be the reason most creation myths have the same basics. As for how the Earth acquired its axis tilt, perhaps a heated core responding to the immediate compression release 'blew out' with such force as to alter the axial tilt.

    Subsequent blowouts may have been the reason our global super continents of prehistory parted. Clearly the diamond source that lies in SE of Africa, the NW of India, Antarctia, and Australia indicate a common source of one continental land mass.

    1. Wow! That, indeed, might be the cause of the many similarities between creation myths. I'm glad that explained that to me. It really is amazing! Thanks so much!

  5. I loved reading this!! Lots of really good description - I could see it before me!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I really appreciate it. :)