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It is the Golden One, the Lady of Drunkenness, of Music, of Dance,
Of Frankincense, of the Crown, of Young Women,
Whom men acclaim because they love her!
It is the gold of the divine entities, who comes forth at Her season
We propitiate Your Majesty every day.
Your heart rejoices at hearing our songs.
We rejoice when we see You, day by day.
Our hearts are jubilant when we see Your Majesty.
You are the Lady of Garlands, the Mistress of Dance,
The Lady of Unending Drunkenness.
Hathor is understood to be the deity who welcomes the worthy dead, offers them refreshments of food and drink, and leads the way into the blessed beyond. One of the desires of the deceased was to be "in the following of Hathor." Hathor was one of the most important goddesses invoked at funerals: "The doors of Heaven open and the deity comes forth The Golden Goddess has come." In some tombs her image outnumbers those of Osiris and Anubis. "Seek the Cow Mother" is written on the walls of the tombs of early kings.
All hail, jubilation to You, O Golden One,
Sole ruler, serpent of the supreme lord himself!
Mysterious One who gives birth to the divine entities,
Forms the animals, models them as She pleases, fashions men
O Mother! Luminous One Who Thrusts Back the Darkness,
Who illuminates every human creature with Her rays
Egyptians considered the fig a delicacy. The fruit gained popularity in ancient Egypt as it grew all over the countryside. Its abundance made it a staple food in ancient Egypt along with foods such as garlic, olives and bread. Because of its natural sweetness, the Egyptians also used figs to enhance the flavors of other foods and drinks such as wines. Archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania have suggested that the fig served as a starter for the yeast that ancient Egyptians would use to ferment grape juice and turn it into wine.
"The beauty of Your face
Glitters when You rise,
O come in peace.
One is drunk
At Your beautiful face,
O Gold, O Hathor
In the ancient Egypt seven goddesses, represented by seven cows, composed the celestial herd that provides the nourishment to her worshippers. This herd is observed in the sky as a group of stars, the Pleiades, close to Aldebaran, the main star in the Taurus constellation. For many ancient populations, Pleiades were relevant stars and their rising was marked as a special time of the year.
"Seven Hathors" who were associated with fate and fortune telling. It was thought that the "Seven Hathors" knew the length of every childs life from the day it was born and questioned the dead souls as they travelled to the land of the dead They seemed to be linked with not only fortune telling, but to being questioners of the soul on its way to the Land of the West. These goddesses were worshipped in seven cities in Egypt
Come in peace, progress in joy,
Your heart is sweetened by hearing prayers,
Hathor the Great, Mistress of Iunet,
The Eye of Ra, Mistress of Heaven,
Sovereign of All the Gods,
The Great Serpent, the Mistress of the Great Sanctuary
Hathor’s hair is dressed in so characteristic a fashion that the style now bears her name: archaeologists have dubbed it the “Hathor hair-do.” This style is utterly distinctive and perhaps surprisingly modern to our eyes. It is not the heavily bejeweled, elaborately braided hair so commonly depicted in other ancient Egyptian imagery. Rather it is simplicity in the extreme: a simple flip, often parted down the middle. Invariably the queen of Egypt was portrayed in sculpture as wearing the long wig characteristic of the goddess, as if to emphasize her role as the physical manifestation of Hathor on earth
While other ancient Egyptian hairstyles are instantly recognizable even today as solely Egyptian, the Hathor hair-do seems to have set an international style, in particular traveling all over the Middle East. Other goddesses are depicted wearing this style, such as Ishtar, Anat, and Astarte; in fact, it seems to have become the goddess hairstyle, favored by all the most fashionable deities
There always seems to be a tree of great importance in different religions/mythologies such as Ygdrassil for the Norse. I wonder if it's literal, and if they're all referring to the some great tree that once existed. Or, if it's symbolic of stars/planets that were important to their everyday life.
the thread is about how the Egyptians saw things,
In the Classical world it was regarded as the Tree of Life as its deep roots penetrate as deep into the Underworld as its branches soar to the sky, and it was held sacred to Zeus and Jupiter. In Scandinavia the oak was the tree of the Thunder-God, Thor, as it was to his Finnish counterpart, Jumala.
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That movie looks interesting, never seen it so i've downloaded and will give it a watch so thanks
The Tree of Life seems to be of such an early date and sharing many particular and peculiar associations such as with the Pleiades around the world that it appears to be from a singular regional source and to have spread with only minor variations developing, literally an implanted teaching device.
In a myth about the end of Ra's rule on the earth, Ra sends Hathor or Sekhmet to destroy mortals who conspired against him. In the myth, Sekhmet's blood-lust was not quelled at the end of battle and led to her destroying almost all of humanity, so Ra poured out beer dyed with red ochre or hematite so that it resembled blood. Mistaking the beer for blood, she became so drunk that she gave up the slaughter and returned peacefully to Ra.
o stop his Eye and daughter from completely destroying mankind, Re tricks her into drinking large quantities of red beer. Sekhmet is so drunk that she stops recognizing mankind. He then announces to the deities his decision to no longer remain with gods and men, but to withdraw to the sky where he can live for himself. The sky-goddess Nut transforms herself into a cow, and placing himself on its back, Re proceeded to his palace. The land lay in utter darkness.
Although the surviving humans set out with bows and clubs to punish the remaining evildoers, Re, who's power is in no way diminished by his retreat, rejects them as well as their actions. Utterly disappointed with mankind, he ascends to his palace on the back of the Heavenly Cow.