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Purification 8

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

Hail Fiery One, coming forth backwards, I do not speak lies.

A note on the Fiery One.  This is an epithet for Wadjet, whose role was to protect Ra by fitting spire at his enemies.  Rev. Siuda gives us the meaning of “coming forth backwards”:

The phrase "going forth backwards," rather than supplying a specific geographical locality, suggests this particular uraeus is not a "local god," but the one sitting on the crown of Wesir, whose chamber lies just to the West of the purification proceedings in the Pert em Hru. To "go backwards" in Kemetic also means "to go to the right" or "to go east (against the track of the sun)." So one is now made aware that his or her truth in these invocations is being checked against the Ultimate Authority: Wesir and His all-seeing Eye of Ra.

Now, like Purification 6, this purification is also about speech.  I was going to say this is pretty straight-forward, except actually, there are many variations of lies, a list of which can be found on wikipedia. 

I think it would be good to familiarize one’s self with the many different types of lies.  Perhaps what in the US American culture would be considered a “white lie” might not be tolerated in the Kemetic culture.  Or on the other hand, perhaps lie by exaggeration would have been an effective business methodology!  Rather than nitpick and guess about What Would Ancient Kemetics Do, take this opportunity to examine how you use language and whether you are using it to consciously cause Ma’at to flourish.

With this purification, I will try to be conscious of how my language brings about Ma’at, and whether the model of "the silent man" may be more appropriate to the situation.


Written by Bastemhet

August 19, 2010 at 8:40 am