Kemetic Bloghop: Show your love!
March 17, 2021

(This topic is inspired by the Kemetic Bloghop question:
Be it for the gods or for yourself, show your love!

This topic was given out February, 2018, and I don't know if I saw it then, but I'm seeing it now. (Topics are always open.)

I could argue, this whole section of my website is all about that! But it spills out everywhere among my pages!

I rejoice when I learn something new, I love learning new things!

I enjoyed seeking out scenes with Nit (Neith) at Esna. An ancient hymn to Nit got me curious about its origins.

"...She is the Great Ancestor,
Who was at the Beginning,
Creator Goddess, born into this world on Her own,
First Mother, Uraeus, Front of the God.....
(Printable version,
Source for English: Chelsea Bolton, _Flaming Lioness_)

The thought of "Great Ancestor" tickled me, as I thought of Julia doing all the genealogical research, as she goes back in time further and further...., to the "First Mother". I found the pdfs of the books from which the French original came from, hunted photos taken by Flickr photographers, and had a very enjoyable day exploring.

I love when knowledge gained in one place can be used in another. I learned about a title of Aset (Isis), "Mother of the Gods", as demonstrated by this screen capture from museum photo, accession number 17.2.5.

Isis, Mother of the Gods - Hathor
Crop from museum photo

The 'Mut' glyph here (vulture with 'bread-loaf' T) has with it a flag glyph, denoting "Netjer", meaning "God", generic name for God. It is understood here to be "Netjeru" in the plural. So the Deity depicted here is "Isis-Hathor" (Aset-Hethert). (As explained by Dr. Tamara Siuda.)

I was delighted to be able to recognize this hieroglyph combo when I was examining a statue of Nit (Neith), via the museum website, accession number 08.202.9.

Magnifying the photos allows the viewer to examine the hieroglyphs on the base of the statue. I'm not skilled enough in hieroglyphs to recognize the ones on the sides and back, but I recognized the hieroglyphs at the front:

"Words spoken by Neith the Great, Mother of the Gods"
Hieroglyphs right to left, crop from museum photo

It tickled me to have first hand proof of this title of Nit.

It's always an adventure, if I start poking somewhere. I don't do it very often, but when I do, it's rewarding.

A few years back, part of a prayer of Paheri, as found in Miriam Lichtheim's Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume II: The New Kingdom intrigued me. It came up via a general search for "Hathor", and turned up a translation of his relatively lengthy prayer for offerings in his 18th Dynasty tomb at El-Kab. Lichtheim describes it, the "back wall of the main hall of his tomb was given the shape of a round-topped stela with a niche in its center. The niche was filled by three seated statues, and the surface of the stela was inscribed in horizontal lines with a text that begins in the rounded top and continues on the right and left sides of the niche. This is a mortuary text consisting of four parts: (1) the traditional prayer for offerings..." (page 16)

With this information, I could take to the web and hunt photos. Bruce Allardice has the most legible photo, while Osirisnet has a line image with the glyphs). Between the two, I was able to make out the hieroglyphs and correspond them with the translation:

(From right to left)
Hathor, mistress of the desert (foreign lands)
Strong of heart among the gods;
(And) Ptah-Sokar, lord of Shetyt (the Secret Chamber)

I've assembled a PDF of these findings, and I have more findings about Hathor here.

It gives me joy to contemplate future discoveries. I'm certain I will have them many times again in the future, whenever I get inspired to look!

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