The ancient Egyptians postulated seven souls.

Top soul, and the first to leave at the moment of death, is
Ren the Secret Name. This corresponds to the Director. He
directs the film of your life from conception to death. The Secret
Name is the title of your film. When you die, that's where Ren
came in.

Second Soul, and second one off the sinking ship, is Sekem.
Energy, Power, Light. The Director gives the orders, Sekem
presses the right buttons.

Number three is Khu, the Guardian Angel. He, she, or it is
the third man out...depicted as flying away across a full moon,
a bird with luminous wings and head of light. Sort of thing you
might see on a screen in an Indian restaurant in Panama. The
Khu is responsible for the subject and can be injured in his
defense--but not permanently, since the first three souls are
eternal. They go back to Heaven for another vessel. The four
remaining souls must take their chances with the subject in the
Land of the Dead.

Number four is Ba, the Heart, often treacherous. This is a
hawk's body with your face on it, shrunk down to the size of a
fist. Many a hero has been brought down, like Samson, by a
perfidious Ba.

Number five is Ka, the Double, most closely associated with
the subject. The Ka, which usually reaches adolescence at the
time of bodily death, is the only reliable guide through the
Land of the Dead to the Western Lands.

Number six is Khaibit, the Shadow, Memory, your whole
past conditioning from this and other lives.

Number seven is Sekhu, the Remains.


--Norman Mailer (as paraphrased in The Western Lands by William S. Burroughs)

"To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to "steal" ideas from many is research."

-Anon-



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Aaru: Abode of the blessed dead.
Amen (Amon, Ammdn): One of chief Theban deities; united with sun god under form of Amen-Ra.
Amenti: Region of dead where souls were judged by Osiris.
Anubis: Guide of souls to Amenti; son of Osiris; jackal-headed.
Apis: Sacred bull, an embodiment of Ptah; identified with Osiris as Osiris-Apis or Serapis.
Geb (Keb, Seb): Earth god; father of Osiris; represented with goose on head.
Hathor (Athor): Goddess of love and mirth; cow-headed.
Horus: God of day; son of Osiris and Isis; hawk-headed.
Isis: Goddess of motherhood and fertility; sister and wife of Osiris.
Khepera: God of morning sun.
Khnemu (Khnum, Chnuphis, Chnemu, Chnum): Ram-headed god.
Khonsu (Khensu, Khuns): Son of Amen and Mut.
Mentu (Ment): Solar deity, sometimes considered god of war; falcon-headed.
Min (Khem, Chem): Principle of physical life.
Mut (Maut): Wife of Amen.
Nephthys: Goddess of the dead; sister and wife of Set.
Nu: Chaos from which world was created, personified as a god.
Nut: Goddess of heavens; consort of Geb.
Osiris: God of underworld and judge of dead; son of Geb and Nut.
Ptah (Phtha): Chief deity of Memphis.
Ra: God of the Sun, the supreme god; son of Nut; Pharaohs claimed descent from him; represented as lion, cat, or falcon.
Serapis: God uniting attributes of Osiris and Apis.
Set (Seth): God of darkness or evil; brother and enemy of Osiris.
Shu: Solar deity; son of Ra and Hathor.
Tem (Atmu, Atum, Tum): Solar deity.
Thoth (Dhouti): God of wisdom and magic; scribe of gods; ibis-headed


Glossary:

A

Abydos
Acacia
Ailuros
Aken
Aker
Akeru
Akh
Am-heh
Amathaunta
Amaunet
Amenhotep
Amentet
Amenthes
Amenti
Ammit
Ammon
Amun
Amun-Re
Andjety
Anhur
Ankh
Anouke
Anti
Anubis
Anuket
Apep
Apis
Arensnuphis
Ash
Aten
Atum
Auf
Ausaas

B

Ba
Ba-Pef
Babi
Bakha
Banebdjetet
Bastet
Bat
Behedti
Benu
Bes
Beset
Bow and Arrow
Buchis
Buto

C

Chensit
Chentamentet
Chenti-cheti
Chenti-irti
Cherti
Chnum
Chons
Chontamenti

D

Dedun
Djebauti
Dua
Duamutef

E

Ennead

F

G

Geb

H

Ha
Hah
Hapi
Har-em-akhet
Har-mau
Har-nedj-itef
Har-pa-khered
Har-sa-iset
Har-wer
Harakhti
Harmerti
Hathor
Hatmehit
Hauhet
Hedetet
Heh
Heket
Hemen
Hemsut
Hermanubis
Heron
Heryshaf
Hesat
Hetepet
Hez-ur
Hike
Hor-Hekenu
Horus
Hu
Huh

I

Ihu
Ihy
Imhotep
Imiut
Imset
Inmutef
Ipet
Isdes
Isis
Isten

J

Joh
Juesaes
Junit

K

ka
Kauket
Kebechet
Kebechsenef
Kematef
Kemwer
Khem
Khentimentiu
Khepri
Khnum
Kis
Kuk

L

M

Maahes
Ma'at
Mafdet
Mahes
Mehen
Mehturt
Mendes
Menhit
Menthu
Mentu
Meret
Meretseger
Mesenet
Meskhenet
Mihos
Min
Mnewer
Mut

N

Naunet
Nebtuu
Nechmetawaj
Neferhor
Nefertem
Neheb-ka
Nehebkau
Neith
Nekhbet
Nenun
Neper
Nephthys
Nepit
Nu
Nun
Nut

O

Ogdoad
Osiris

P

Pachet
Petbe
Petesuchos
Pharaoh
Ptah
Ptah-Nu
Ptah-Seker-Osiris

Q

Qeb
Qetesh

R

Ra
Rat-taui
Re
Renenet
Renenutet
Renpet
Reret
Resheph
Ruti

S

Saa
Sai
Sakhmet
Satet
Satis
Seb
Sebek
Sechat-Hor
Sed
Seker
Sentait
Sepa
Septu
Serapis
Serket
Serq
Seshat
Sesmu
Shai
Shait
Shu
Sia
Sobek
Somtus
Sons of Horus
Sopdet
Sopedu

T

Tanen
Taouris
Tasenetnofret
Tatenen
Taurt
Taweret
Tefnut
Tenenit
Thoth
Toeris

U

Uneg
Unut
Urthekau

V

W

Wepwawet
Wosyet

X

Y

Yaaru

Z

Zenenet

Symbols of Egyptian Mythology


Adoration (dua) - "Adore"
Ankh (ankh) - "Life"
Ba (ba) - "Soul"
Baboon (ian) - "Sun", "Moon"
Bow (iunet, pedjet) - "Enemies"
Cartouche (shenu) - "Sun", "Pharaoh"
Cobra (iaret)
Colors
Djed Column (djed) - "Stability"
Ear (mesedjer) - "Hearing"
the Eye of Horus (udjat, wadjet) - "Sun"
Feather (shut) - "Truth"
Gold (nebu) - "Tomb"
Headrest (weres) - "Sun"
Heart (ieb) - "Soul"
Ka (ka) - "Conscience"
Knife (des)
Knot of Isis (tiet) - "Life"
Lapwing (rekhyt) - "Peoples"
Lotus (seshen) - "Lower Egypt"
Menet Necklace (menet)
Mountain (djew)
Nefer (nefer) - "Beauty"
Palace Wall (serekh) - "King's Home"
Papyrus Clump (mehyt) - "Upper Egypt"
Phoenix (benu) - "Sun"
Praise (henu) - "Praise"
Sa (sa) - "Protection"
Sail (hetau) - "Breath"
Scarab beetle (kheper) - "Sun"
Sekhem Scepter (sekhem) - "Power", "Might"
Senet Board Game (senet)
Shen Ring (shenu) - "Eternity"
Sistrum (sesheshet) - "Placation"
Swallow (menet) - "Souls"
Vulture (neret)
Was Sceptre (was) - "Power"
The ancient Egyptians believed strongly in their many gods. These gods ruled everything from sun and moon, to love and wisdom. Some of these gods were national gods, worshipped all over the country, but most were local gods.

Heres a brief note about some of the popular gods (well known ones)

  • The sun god "Re"
    Re ( in Egyptian legends ) created people. The ancient Egyptians called themselves "the cattle of Re".
  • The water god "Sobek"
    Sobek is the crocodile headed god. He controlls all the water supplies.
  • The wisdom god "Thoth"
    Thoth is the ibis-headed god, who invented speaking and writing.
  • The protector god "Horus"
    Horus is the falcon headed god, who looked after the Pharaoh.
  • The god of war "Sekhmet"
    Sekhmet, is the lion headed goddess of war.
  • The goddess of love "Hathor"
    Hathor is the cow horned goddess of love. She also looks after happiness, dancing and music.
  • The god of creation "Ptah"
    Ptah, is very cool, he created everything. When he says the name of something it would then exist.
  • The god of women and children "Isis"
    Isis took special care of women and children.
  • The mummies god "Anubis"
    Anubis, the jakal headed god, helped prepare mummies.
  • The god of death and rebirth "Osiris"
    Osiris looks after the Underworld and Earth
Many of the gods were releated, Osiris was married to Isis, and Re had a sister god "Shu".

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