kemetic mythology

All mythology instantly becomes like a thousand times better if you imagine it as like a reality TV show with those one person interviews.

Example: Set: so my boat sinks, right? I look over and this little shit Horus is sailing past me with the biggest shit eating grin on his face. Turns out his boat was made of wood. Cheater.

Example 2: Loki: and of course they didn’t wanna pay for the fuckin wall, so who has to risk their ass to fix this entire shitty situation? Yours truly, moi.

(Please feel free to add onto this.)

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)

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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.””

Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt by R. T. Rundle Clark

A Prayer to Bast

Bast, Lady of the East,
I give you praise!

You walk with me in the sunlight,
You guide me through the shadows,
And I am blessed.

Lady of Ointments, Lady of Perfumes, Lady of the Flame,
I make offerings to you!

I light candles in your name,
I offer sweet smelling incense to you,
That you may be pleased with me.

Eye of Ra, Devourer, Avenger, Protector,
Watch over me!

May I be protected from harm,
and may I live in good health,
and may my path provide abundance.

Lady of Cats, Lioness, Invisible Paw,
I delight in your emissaries!

Unseen, they surround me,
They walk beside me and guide my steps,
They share my home and hearth.

You call me to serve you,
and willingly I respond.
My goddess, my patroness - Dua Bast!

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
  • Thoth: Apollo, you were so drunk last night you asked me to drive you home.
  • Apollo: And so?! I was TRYING to be responsible!
  • Hermes: Apollo... The party was at your house.
Kemetic Book Recommendations for Beginners

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

Egyptian History

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

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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

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Time to share some art responses to questions from the current Askbox theme, which is happening on the DEITIES Project blog!

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!

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