Per Bastemhet

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Monolatry: The Concept of the One

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This should be the last in the series on monolatry that I’ve been writing.  I’ve learned, though, that given time, everyone’s beliefs evolve.  However an understanding of monolatry as part of KO dogma is the goal I’ve put to myself, and I believe I’ve accomplished it.

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August 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

Monolatry is not monotheism

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In my last post on monolatry I mentioned I would explore how monolatry is not a monotheism.  I think the information in the last post combined with this information from Wim van den Dungen’s article "On Henotheism."  All quotes are from this article.

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July 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Monolatry as defined for Kemetic Orthodox practice by the Nisut of KO

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For those who have been following the posts on this blog, you may have noticed that I have more than one post on how the netjeru were conceived by the Kemetic people, and how that works out for us modern practitioners today.  My view on this has evolved, starting with the essay I wrote on the Conceptions of God.  Then I looked into ante-rational henotheism in my post of the same name.  My last post was my attempt to try and understand monolatry and how it differs from henotheism, as well as how this played out in antiquity.  However it seemed that rational henotheism and monolatry seemed to be identical, and try as I might, I could not find anything on the internet to help with further understanding.  So, I asked Rev. Siuda on the HoN boards why she described the theology as monolatry and why as such instead of as henotheism.  Here is what she had to say:

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July 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Conceptions of netjer: One? Many? And more importantly, when?

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While reviewing my post on ante-rational henotheism I realized that while there was a lot of dense information, it wasn’t necessarily formulated in a way that helped to explain clearly and to a well-formed conclusion.  There is also a discussion I had with a co-religionist in which speaking with him helped to formulate and coagulate my ideas and research on how the ancient Kemetics conceived of their own deities.  I’ll be summarizing my findings in this post in order to tie up any loose ends.

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June 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm

ante-rational henotheism

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I was reading this article about netjer  by Wim van den Dungen recently and found it to be one of the best explanations that I have found of the way that polyvalent logic functioned in Kemetic religious thought.  I have thought that there seems to be a divide in popular attempts to approach the divine, from the “Brahman” idea that all deities are (incomplete) manifestations of a God(head) (which you see in Kemetic Orthodoxy), to the idea that the deities are independent and self-sufficient beings from the creator deity but are always seen as part of a retinue or grouping (triad, ennead, etc.).

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September 9, 2010 at 11:33 pm