The finished drawing of Meretseger, guardian goddess of tombs. She is depicted with the head of a cobra. She protects against grave robbers and afflicts them with terrible pains and illnesses. However, she is also said to be a merciful goddess, and those who repent from their thieving ways may receive forgiveness and healing.
She’s wearing gold leaf, like the other gods in the pantheon. I am available for commissions! I also have some exclusives on Patreon (I’m zooophagous there too)
1) Nefertari holding out her sekhem-sceptre presenting offerings in front of the God Atum. 2) Nephthys and Isis stand either side of a ram-headed God painted green like Osiris, hieroglyphs write
“Osiris rests in Ra” (left) “Ra rests in Osiris”. Beyond the yellow division Nefertari stands looking to the left with her hands held out.
Tomb of Nefertari, Valley of the Queens,
QV66, Luxor, Egypt. Photograph by kairoinfo4u | flickr
The god Thoth with Seti I, in the Tomb of Seti I (KV17)
“The ancients thought of death as the essential prelude to life. The two form a polarity; one is meaningless without the other, and they alternate in all spheres of nature - among men, animals, vegetation and stars. Death is passing from one kind of time to another - from life yesterday to life tomorrow. What is in the Underworld belongs to death, but it is in a state of becoming, where the ‘form’ or shape of things is given in which they will later “appear.””
In some versions of the Egyptian creation story, the sun god was born from a blue lotus that emerged from the primeval waters. The flower itself could be identified with the great goddess who gave birth to the sun. The blue lotus came to be a general symbol of rebirth. It was also the emblem of the god Nefertem.
The sweetly scented blue lotus (nymphea caerulea) grows in still water. It’s flower buds only rise above the water and open their petals when the sun is shining. This lotus is pollinated by beetles, which links it to Khepri, the beetle god of dawn. The image of the first sunrise as a lotus emerging from the dark waters and opening to reveal its golden stamens seems to be an ancient one.
From the fourteenth century BCE on, the newly risen sun could be pictured as a naked child sitting inside the lotus and holding one finger to his lips. In hymns intended to be sung at dawn, the sun god Ra is “the child of gold who issues from the lotus.” Ra was thought to age during the course of the day, so the infant god became an old man by sunset.
Egyptian Mythology; A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch
A few months into exploring Kemetic religion and it’s been a struggle to find books that are actually useful and informative. I thought I’d make a little list of ones that I found to be helpful. Most of these I got on my Kindle, and some I bought in a local used book store. I thought maybe this would be useful for other beginner Kemetics.
Rituals & Practice
Eternal Egypt: Ancient Rituals for the Modern World by Richard J. Reidy
Egyptian Religion, Generally
Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt by Emily Teeter
The Gods of the Egyptians (Vols. 1 & 2) by E.A. Wallis Budge (Old and somewhat dated, but lots of good information)
The Egyptian Book of the Dead translated by E.A. Wallis Budge, Edited by John Baldock (lots of good illustrations)
Myths & Stories
The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends by Garry J. Shaw
Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green
Gods of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Watterson
The Egypt Story: Its Art, Its Monuments, Its People, Its History by P.H. Newby & Fred J. Maroon
Discovering Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David
Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation by Aidan Dodson
The Life and Times of Akhnaton by Arthur Weigall
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson
Something small and quick /o/ I needed to make some cover art for my music twitter so that I could organize my threads/tweets into my Twitter Moments (which are actually pretty cool to play with!), and I ended up doodling Bastet with some headphones, and varied it a bit.
I happy with how Bastet turned out since it’s been a while since drawing her cat form, but since it’s so simple I may give it another try sometime later o)7
This theme is all about different relationships and dynamics between the characters from the DEITIES cast. Each response has more in depth explanations and headcanons that accompany the art, which can be found in the “DEITIES Relationships” tag on the blog, linked below!