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Understanding the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses (Hardback)

Ancient History P&S History > Social History

By Mélusine Draco
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 30 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399055383
Published: 30th September 2024

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In the days of Egyptian antiquity, many of the gods were abstract concepts rather than the actual anthropomorphic god-pictures familiar to us today. Many of the later fully-morphed deities were originally theological concepts represented by a distinctive hieroglyph, very similar to the correspondences used in modern ritual magic. As the need for a controlling religion grew, so did the spiritual need for more tangible forms on which to focus the common people’s devotions. The common man’s mind dwelt on the concrete, not the abstract, and so the gods took on those strange but easily recognisable animal-human shapes to satisfy the religious-teaching-by-pictures demands of less scholarly folk. The images recorded in tomb paintings, bas-relief and statuary were intended to represent living forms of the gods themselves, or Pharaoh as a god. There was a simple reason behind this. Egyptian life, magic and religion were inextricably intertwined, one could not, and did not exist, without the other. God, or a male/female/multiple concept of that god, was manifest in everything animate and inanimate.

The authentic Egyptian religion developed over thousands of years, with each deity assuming many forms under the influence of various religious movements and/or foreign invasions. Each form also developed its own positive and negative aspects, which responded in various ways to different people, and so it is now impossible to be dogmatic about how the gods of those different theologies relate and blend. It is also important to realise that the original religion was never an earth-bound concept since the priesthood explored mysticism on a cosmic scale: their spirituality extending to the stars and beyond. The Egyptian civilisation took over 3000 years to evolve fully and a further 2000 years to decay, which is why the Egyptian Mystery Tradition cannot be encapsulated into convenient modern packaging.

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About Mélusine Draco

Mélusine Draco, the Principal of Temple of Khem is an Initiate of the Khemetic Mysteries, has been a magical and spiritual instructor for over 20 years, and writer of several popular books on the Egyptian Mystery Tradition including Liber Ægyptius: the Book of Egyptian magic; The Egyptian Book of Days; The Egyptian Book of Nights, Thrice Great Thoth, The Atum-Re Revival, and Starchild - a rediscovery of the ancient Egyptian stellar worship. Her highly individualistic teaching methods and writing draw on ancient sources, supported by academic texts and current archaeological findings.

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