Ancient-Egypt

Last Wednesday (I think) was the Redressing of the Noble Ones (or something like that)…and basically it’s a time to clean our shrines and prepare for the upcoming New Year (Wep Ronpet)!

So I changed up my icons and added Ptah and Sekhmet icons. I removed Ra and Heru because They were quiet (except that one time Ra had a very fatherly attitude about an offering).

I chose Ptah because as an artist I felt it fitting because He is seen as the God of arts (one of His many deity jobs woo go Ptah!), and Sekhmet because She is said to help those with mental illness (I’m a tad crazy).

So far things are going well though. Ptah has nodded and given His approval of His icon, which is always good. And Sekhmet enjoys Hers as well, and even likes the mandrake I’ve offered Her. (Side note: do I burn that? I don’t know. Send me a note as to what to do with mandrake if you know. I’m a n00b!)

I’ve also begun using essential oils to anoint the icons daily, even if it’s for a quick minute. It gets me in shrine to pray and say quick hellos and give thanks for the day. :)

Netjer seems pleased with my efforts so let’s hope I can keep this up for Them!

Can we talk about American Gods? We really have a dark-skin black woman playing a Biblical Queen and a Love Goddess. We have Black People portraying Egyptian Gods. The lead of the show is black. They have West African Gods being portrayed on mainstream media. Seeing black people’s mythology and history represented on screen by black actors is a big thing. People aren’t even aware of nor regard the several figures in Abrahamic religions being African. .

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Scarab pectoral from the burial of Shoshenq II

The central motif is of a scarab beetle supporting the sun disc, It is flanked by two rearing cobras crowned with the “Hedjet” the white crown of Upper Egypt.

3rd Intermediate Period, 22nd Dynasty, ca. 885 BC, gold, lapis lazuli, green and red faience. height: 7 cm, from Tanis. Now in the Egyptian Museum Cairo.

passive aggressive reminder that more than two genders and transgender people have existed for millennia

reminder that colonialism forced native societies to revert back to their gender assigned at birth or be killed

reminder that there has been Mahu in Hawai’i until it was forcefully taken and colonized by white america

reminder that there were Hijra in South Asia until britain colonized it and forced every Hijra person into concentration camps the same time the german holocaust was happening

reminder that We’Wha was lhamana who served as an Ambassador to the Zuni people in 1886 to Grover Cleveland and was arrested for witch craft

reminder that in ancient Egypt there were people who were transgender and Egyptologists say that it was just people who were “buried wrong”

reminder that there are thousands of societies and cultures lost because of white colonization and we will never hear their stories

reminder that when this isnt taught in school it erases the history of people of color and queer people 

The Signs as Egypt Goddesses

Bastet - Aries, Capricorn 

moon goddess, associated with ctas, protector against contagious diseases and evil spirits, also regarded as the goddess of perfumes, caring mother figure

Sachmet - Gemini, Pisces 

goddess of healing, her breath formed the desert, “the powerful one”, respresented by the searing heat of the midday sun, patron of physicians and doctors

Maat - Taurus, Libra

goddess of truth and justice, represents the primal laws of the universe, associated with balance and harmony, she decides whether a person would succesfully reach the afterlife by weighing their soul against her feather of truth

Nut - Cancer, Aquarius 

goddess of the sky, mother of the gods, barrier between the order of creation and chaos, “she who holds a thousand souls”, passionate lover, Milky Way is viewed as the celestial image of Nut

Neith - Leo, Scorpio 

goddess of war and hunting, powerful and popular, depicted as woman wearing the Red Crown of Lower Egypt, patron of weaving, wise, protector of woman 

Hathor - Virgo, Sagittarius 

fertility goddess, joyful and fun loving, associated with music and dance and alongside with Nut associated with the Milky Way, protector of desert regions, she greets the souls of the dead

Crime scene investigators are about to get a helping hand from our ancient ancestors. The earliest known synthetic pigment, Egyptian blue, is found in some of the paint on ancient statues, coffins, tomb walls, and amulets. Most other pigments long ago faded. Modern scientists, intrigued by its longevity, worked out Egyptian blue’s chemical composition decades ago. Recently it was discovered that it emits near-infrared radiation when exposed to certain kinds of light. Basically: it has rare, invisible luminescence.

And why does that help crime-stoppers? Egyptian blue can be dusted onto complicated surfaces where fingerprints are normally hard to retrieve. The surface is then photographed with a modified camera and a filter sensitive to Egyptian blue’s near-infrared rays. If fingerprints are there, they glow clearly in the resulting image. Science is amazing.

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Oh yeah, I guess I can upload this now.

I drew this dumb little comic almost two years ago when I first joined the AC team at Ubisoft. It has nothing to do with the game other than being related to Ancient Egypt, and was drawn fun and sent around the office for shits and giggles.

I wish I could say the joke was my own. Alas, I aped it from an old computer game some Aussies in the crowd may know: Skippy and the Curse of the Temple of Ock.


–Sak
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