Per Bastemhet

Purification 12

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail His-Face-Behind-Him, coming forth from his roof, I do not give the wink.

This epithet is for the keeper of Ra’s boat in the Field of Reeds, he “who looks behind himself.” 

Rev. Siuda explains further the meaning of giving the wink":

To ‘give the wink’ in ancient Egypt was a phrase used to describe people, in particular judges, who were corrupt or able to be corrupted; when paid off correctly, they would let a prisoner go, ‘giving the wink’ to the person who put the fix in to let them know it had been done.

This reminds me of the verb “hoodwink,” which means to deceive or trick.  In effect, when the judge gives the wink, the system and justice itself are hoodwinked.  When considering Maat, what seems to help in the moment will hurt in the long run, because by cheating justice, we cheat ourselves.  We should think not only of how much our own hearts will weigh in the time of judgement against the feather of Maat, but also for those we coexist with during our lives on earth. 

With this purification I seek to keep balance in Maat and strive to do that which is just.

Written by Bastemhet

September 1, 2010 at 11:06 am

Posted in Declarations of Innocence

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