Egypt, as we know it is as old as antiquity and beyond. The ancient name for Egypt is KEMET which reportedly means "BLACK LAND" and is in reference to the very rich soil that can be found around the NILE RIVER.
The country was also knowm as MISR and simply means country. Even today, Egyptians use this term.
Ancient Egypt is also credited as being one of the CRADLES OF CIVILIZATION. The others being the area of Mesopotania, the yellow river region in China, and the Indian subcontinate.
I imagine that many of you are wondering why I am talking about ancient history to an audience who is interested in the paranormal. In short, history gives us a glimpse of ancient cultures and an overview of their of their religions, myths & practices. Now I bet you wondering why we would even bother to study ancient religions.... The answer to that is THE PARANORMAL & NEW AGE MOVEMENT!
The new age movement is basically the reviving of ancient Religions & Esoteric teachings compounded with occult knowledge, paranormal related theories and often mixed with dabblers who have not recieved the proper training to carry out their goals & intentions. As paranormal investigators and researchers, you may very well encounter a case in which a dabbler got in over their head and now is reaching out to you for help.
The exact time frame of the New Age Movement in the West is hotly debated. But, for the sake of argument lets just assign the 1970s as the time that the new age movement really picked up steam. The 1970s is a good starting point to begin with and move forward or backward in tracing its movement in the west.
The new age movement can successfully trace its roots to a Russian lady named HELENA BLAVATSKY and many of you may better know her simply as Madam Blavatsky. In 1877 Madam Blavatsky came out with her book on theosophy called ISIS UNVEILED. This one book had a profound effect on getting esoteric thought into the main stream.
Still yet the new age movement can also trace its lineage to the spiritis movement and a whole host of books by Allan Kardec. Oh and lets not forget Leah, Margaret, and Kate...collectively known as The Fox sisters. Plus there is the sleeping prophet... Edgar Casey and a whole host of other figures who played some role in the new age movement...we will not get into that here right now as that would be a whole different lecture.
So, now that you clearly see the link between the paranormal, occult, new age movement, & history of ancient cultures we shall procede.
As I mentioned before, the land of Egypt is ancient and as being one of the cradles of civilization we will find one of the most ancient religions and their ancient Gods and Goddesses.
The ancient Egyptians were POLYTHEISTIC, that is that they had a pantheon of many Gods and Goddesses. Each God & Goddess was in relation to different things they would encounter or experience. Their prients were also sometimes known to practice HENOTHEISM. Henotheism is the belief of multiple Gods and Goddesses but often worship or work with one God or Goddess in particular.
Please note that many of the KEMETIC RECONSTRUCTIONIST Groups like the FELLOWSHIP of ISIS have revived the practice & worship of the ancient ones. Take notice that the Fellowship of ISIS is not the Muslim isis terrorist group that you see on the news. Those people follow the teachings of Muhamad and believe in Allah.
Anyway, if you would like to learn more about the Kemetic group that worship the Goddess ISIS please go to fellowship of isis central .com
Now, on to the Ancient Egyptian Pantheon.
As legend goes:
The first God was ATUM and he created himself out of chaos. From himself, he created SHU the God of air and TEFNUT the Goddess of rain. Shu & Tefnut concieved GEB & NUT. Geb was the Earth God & Nut was Goddess of the sky. Geb & Nut are seen as parents of all other Gods & Goddesses.
In LOWER EGYPT, the belief was that the oroginal God was KHEPER. He was self produced and made other Gods & Goddesses from himself. Kheper is also thought to be father of OSIRIS, NEPHTYS, ISIS, SET, & Horus.
In UPPER EGYPT, THOTH was the original God and he created the original 4 couples who in return creayed everything else.
The God Osiris was the original king of Egypt. His sister and wife was Isis. Togather they ruled and taught the people how to farm crops and the art of animal husbandry. Set, the brother of Osiris & Isis became jealous of Osiris as the people loved and worshiped Osiris. So, as jealousy ensued, Set devised a plan to assisinate his brother which he succeded in carrying out the plan.
Isis after a long search found the body of her dead husband and she begged the Sun God to give OSIRIS LIFE AGAIN FOR JUST ONE MORE DAY. The sun God obliged the request and Osiris came to life. From this 1 day of life, Osiris & Isis fornicated and concieved HORUS.
Here I would like to mention that after the 1 day of life that was granted by the sun God, Osiris died. Osiris became the 1st mummy when Anubis embalmed him.
Anyway, Set tried to kill Horus and Isis on more than one occasion and they were saved each time by Thoth the God of wisdom and much more. In adulthood, Horus fought his uncle Set and the matter was finally settled by the court of the UNDERWORLD. The court heared both sides of the story and the court ruled in favor of Horus and Set was ordered to pull the Sun accross the sky forever and Horus was proclaimed King of Egypt and took his rightful place on the thrown of Egypt.
Of course there is much more to the story and you only got the short version of it here. I hope that this story of Osiris, Isis & Horus has peaked your curiosity and you will seek further information on your own.
The Ancient Egyptians understood the concept of Ka and Ba....
To the ancient Egyptians, Ka was created at the moment of birth of each human. Ka was the invisible double of the person and was the essence or force of life. While Ka was outside of the body, Ba was inside of the physical body.
Ba was thought of as the person's soul. Ba ws also created at the very moment of birth for each human.
The ancient egyptians had to successfully complete a few things before they were allowed to reach paradise or also known as (The Land in the West).
1. They had to pass gates and labyrinths by answering a series of questions.
2. The God Aker led them to the Court of the Underworld.
3. In the court, they had to address 14 judges about deeds they done in life.
4. Anubis placed their hearts on scales to weigh the heart for sins...a feather of Ma'at was used as balance on the scales.
5. If their heart was not heavy by sin, Horus took the person to Osiris.
6. Then they would be allowed to enter the paradise of fertile fields and eternal life.
****But if the person's heart was heavy with sin, the scales tipped down to Ammut who was sitting at the scales waiting to devoure the sin heavy heart and thus the person's soul would be restless forever!
Historians tell us that within the tombs of the Ancient Egyptians, we would find something called THE BOOK OF THE DEAD. But, what is the book of the dead?
Essentually, the book of the dead is a manuscript of sorts that had magical texts and special prayers that was supposed to help the recently passed while in the after life. Priests would read the book of the dead over the dead as part of the funeral ritual. Of course the common Egyptian would not have an elaborite book of the dead as say a king or wealthy Egyptian but, they certainly would try to have one!
Another interesting thing that would be found in the tombs would be something that many would call Declarations of Purity and they would be in direct relation to the 42 laws or rules of Ma'at and the book of the dead.
If any of the readers took the time to read the 42 laws I applaud you! If you have read the 42 laws of Ma'at, how many found the 10 Commandments in Ma'at's 42 laws?
Remember that Moses brought the 10 Commandments to the Jews. Plus, we need to remember that Moses was raised as a Prince of Egypt. How do we know that Moses was raised as an Egyptian Prince? Look at the King James Version of the Bible and read Exodus, chapter 2 verses 1-10. And as a prince of Egypt, he would have recieved the best education in Egypt which would have included the 42 laws of Ma'at.
Isnt it interesting to see how that by studying history and religious texts, we can see various connections and connect the dots? In my humble opinion, all things are connected to each other in some way.