sun barque

Temporary shrine under my bar.

So, my room is being worked on (yay water damage!) and I’m trying to set up a physical reminder thing for the NTJR. So I put a little cabinet thing under the bar, set up the small votive statues I had and here it is~

Personally I like the floating candle because it evokes feelings of the Sun Barque of Ra floating across the skies.

The sun god Re with the crew of his sun barque defends the cosmos against Ap/opis. Particularly at the critical moments or places of sunrise and sunset, on the borders of cosmos and chaos, is the conflict represented in the coordination of space and time. Osiris is enthroned in the underworld, but Re journeys continually…Sometimes Re is shown alone in it, but often various other gods also appear as members of the crew.
These gods have a particular relationship with Re. As occupants of the ship, each represents an aspect of Re himself. It is clear that ‘Hw’ and 'St3’, 'M3’t’ and 'Hk3’ are hypostases of the sun-god, his authoritative word and insight, his justice and magic power. It is interesting that gods whom egyptologists do not usually regard as personifications of concepts, seem to be aspects of Re when they occupy a place in the sun barque. In his very thorough monograph on Thoth, Boylan remarks that in the solar barque this god represents the businesslike and efficient character of Re’s rule. The problems of unity and plurality, monotheism and polytheism, can not be worked out here. E. Otto has drawn attention to an interesting parallel in the anthropomorphic field: in a tomb of the 18th dynasty offerings were not only found addressed to the dead man or to his Ka, as usual, but the unity was extended to a more detailed plurality consisting of name, Ka, altar, tomb, fate, lifetime, Meskhenet, Renenet, Khnum, Ba, Akh, body, shadow, and “all his forms”. Just as the human manner of being after death has many aspects relating to continued individual existence, so also the manner of being of Re, the lord of the universe, can apparently be specified in various gods or be more precisely qualified by them.

Seth, God of Confusion by H. Te Velde

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Ancient Egyptian pectoral, depicting a scarab (representing the sun god) on the sun barque, with baboons adoring it on either side.  Artist unknown; between 1292 and 1070 BCE (New Kingdom, “Ramesside Period” [19th or 20th Dynasty]).  Now in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.  Photo credit: Walters Art Museum.