Per Bastemhet

42 Declarations of Innocence: Introduction

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In order to facilitate further study as well as personal reflection and affirmation, I made these prayer beads.

Prayer Beads

The beads total up to the number 42, with one extra bead to secure the knot for the ankh attached.  The blue stones are 15mm lapis lazuli, the spacers are gold filled glass beads (I think).  I used double knots between each bead and I mimicked the form that rosaries take because I like how that looks, and I also have some personal significance with this shape.  If you would like to make your own, it would not be incongruous to simply leave it as a circle, as Ritner in “The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice” says the magic circle was a symbol of protection.  The shenu is also similar in the shape of a circle and a symbol of eternal protection.  This face of the ankh is actually the back, the other side has some hieroglyphic gobbledygook that I’m not really that interested in.

I will be getting the actual purifications themselves and their interpretations from the archives of Kemetic Orthodoxy’s Daily Devotions.  Information for purifications 1-13 can be found here, numbers 14-30 can be found here, and numbers 31-42 can be found here.  The purpose of my using this information is to get a handle on what the actual purifications are referring to since this information is not necessarily readily understood because it references (some) gods or places that I am not familiar with.  However the interpretation of Rev. Siuda’s translations and their application to my life is completely personal.

The declarations of innocence originate from the Chapters of Coming Forth by Day, or Pert-em-Hru, specifically from Chapter 125.  They are not moral laws nor commandments, which Kemet didn’t have, but were actually short prayers to local gods of Kemet, followed by a purification.  The purpose of these purifications was for priests to  recite the things they have not done in order to purify themselves before they approach netjer in shrine.  The deceased are expected to do this as well since they are expected to approach Ausir to be judged in the afterlife after having made themselves pure.  These as well as the wisdom literatures we can use as moral guidelines, as they were the indicative of what behavior was considered appropriate in that culture.

From this point on I’ll be heading each post that deals with the declarations of innocence as Purification #x.

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July 24, 2010 at 4:19 am

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  1. Those beads are amazing, i want some 🙂


    June 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

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