solar barque

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Pictures of my offerings for Heru-Wer and Set on their birthdays. Kind of just crammed everything onto my almost-finished Senut shrine (I’m very particular). Took these on my (really old) phone, so they’re kind of terrible quality. The last one is brighter because I held my lamp in the air that time. XD

In all pictures, you can see my 4 libation cups, enormous water pitcher, and incense burner shaped like the solar barque. The first picture is Heru-Wer’s offering: mystery incense, hard-to-see Heru statue, milk, jambalaya, parmasean and carmalized onion-crusted bread with fancy dip, and gummi bears. Set kind of freaked out on me when he realized I was offering to H-w and not him, all, “BUT WHERE IS MINE?! I’m still your fav, right? D:”

Second picture, Set offering #1. Incense, Set’s statue with red feather boa, milk, sliced a/pep gummi worms, thai chicken lettuce wraps, and same bread/dip as above. The lettuce wraps I get him are usually fantastic, but today, they were colossally disappointing. The lettuce was kind of bad, there was way too much sauce, and way too few mandarin oranges. On top of that, they only gave me 3 pieces of bread(?) this time. Poor Set. So I gave him some leftover, jambalaya later as offering #2, in case he still wanted it, but it tasted like BLEH somewhy.

Third picture, Set offering #3. Incense, vanilla ice cream (the chocolate gelato mysteriously disappeared?) with rainbow sprinkles and gummi bears, and 2 pieces of dark chocolate with almonds.


Dua Heru-Wer! Dua Set! And Set, I’m so sorry, I don’t know what the heck was going on with your food today. I hope you enjoyed at least some of it. ;__;

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Among other things, Hatshepsut, the woman who would be king (she gave the royal scribes all manner of headache, since “pharaoh” required the masculine form, but she was female, something along the lines of “Her Majesty, King Hatshepsut,” poor chickens), effected this lovely solar barque to be built (and thereafter commemorated in stone) (and much thereafter postally commemorated!) during her reign as pharaoh in the Eighteenth Dynasty, New Kingdom, Ancient Egypt.  Issued for the Congrès International de Navigation, held in Cairo in 1926, these stamps show a ship from Hatshepsut’s fleet, sailing to the Land of Punt for trade.  [The Land of Punt……well, it’s either along the Horn of Africa, or along the Arabian Peninsula, or it encompasses both, or it’s somewhere else altogether……]  [In the original relief, the water is populated by fishes so well-documented that their species are easily identified by any decent Nile/Red Sea inhabitant worth his or her reeds/salt.]  After her death, Hatshepsut’s name was erased from the official record, her temples were destroyed, and her successor (Thutmosis III) attempted to exact upon his stepmama the fate that all Ancient Egyptians feared and reviled above any other–to have one’s name forgotten.  Luckily, Thutmosis III (as in most things) wasn’t as efficient as he could have been and we still get to dream about Hatshepsut, “the first great woman in history of whom we are informed,” as Breasted used to say.

Stamp details:
Issued on: December 9, 1926
From: Cairo, Egypt
MC #109-111