1. "The Eternal Egyptian woman"

 

Oh eternal women! So beautiful yet dangerous...
Who hold in your hands the destiny of all…
Scorpions and lionesses show you the way
To save those who move towards the devourer
      Isis, the sovereign in the starry sky
Shows us that gods can be kind.
A woman holds on her knees a small child.
At the side of Orion, Sirius gained immortality...
     
But we would hear the voice coming from the sky,
Calling all men to be more tolerant

It was, you will say, more than 3000 years ago.
"It is better to believe in the material world now",
But too many men live here below without spiritual beliefs
They say "Take hold of all you can while you are here!"
Cemeteries are filled with those who did not believe,
But the souls of the just live for eternity.

 
The Scorpion goddess Selket   The 2 goddeeses Isis and Hathor    Sekhmet - daughter of Ra
 

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     Tresor of Tutankhamon               2 symbols of egyptian spirituality            Temple of Ptah atKarnak

 

Excerpt from the hymn to the goddess Hathor-Nekhbet

 
Praise to you O golden one - the Uraeus of the Supreme Lord...,
You are the Mystery emanating from Ra, which modeles the animals and men to his own design.
Oh mother, oh Luminous one who repels the darkness, that illuminates all creatures with her light…
We salute you oh Great One who has many names:
Oh you from whom all the gods are brought forth in your name of Mout-Isis
Oh daughter of Râ in the name of Tefnout!
Oh Neith, who travels in his boat in the name of Mout (PAREDRE of Amon)
Oh venerable Mother who tames her enemies in his name of Nekhbet!
Oh you the sublime one, who triumphs over her enemies in the name of Sekhmet (the dangerous lioness),
You are the Golden One, the Mistress, who presides over drinking, music, and dance,
      The young woman whom men celebrate because they all love her!...
      The sky is in rejoicing, the earth is full of joy, the Castle of Horus is singing praises!

(The cult of Horus at Edfu, according to M. Alliot.) 

 
   Consecration of pharaoh Ptolemy VI (181 BC)      Ramses II in his temple at Abou Simbel surrounded

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by the 2 goddesses Nekhbet and Oudjyt                     and the God Amon and Mout his paredre.      

Egypt imagined the life of the gods to be similar to that of men. Even Amon the Lord. of the gods, the one, the only, the inaccessible leader, (who formed a union with Atoum, Rê and Ptah), felt family ties, as he had as his companion the dangerous lioness goddess Mout, who was the mother of the minor god Khonsou.

 
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In this drawing done by Rosselini in 1820, one can for a few moments imagine the hundreds of temples which were built in the two kingdoms during those four thousand years: they were colorful, covered with symbols, decorated with gold and silver. Here lived the men and women who led the religion of Egypt until the advent of the Great Priestess of Amon.

 

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