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  •  Anciently your soul was the essence of your life (3+ / 0-)
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    If you lived well your soul lived well. To the extent that you were failing to be all that you could be in life, your soul failed to be all that it could be. You could aspire to be something more than whatever it is that you perceived that you were and to the extent that you succeeded your soul succeeded as well.

    In "a man and his ba" an 18th dynasty papyrus, we may read about  the ancient Egyptians concept of an afterlife such that when you entered the twilight of your life and died your soul entered the underworld in two distinct parts a ba and a ka.

    As they conceived of it there was a cycle of processing paired opposites, and resolving them by moving to a new understanding ab-ba ba ra ka-da ba ra.

    When the abba or father creator template that formed the essence of your physical body and its desires died; the ka, the essence of your your intellect or mind would leave you to enter into the supreme being of the neter or underworld on a higher plane

    The ba or heartsoul which was viewed as the physical desires of your physical essence, your ab or heart, all the parts of you that were in existence and had physical desires would be measured on the balance by the goddess Ma'at against her feather of truth.

    All the parts of your heartsoul that weren't true to you, all the parts that didn't measure up would be fed to Sebek the crocodile. Whatever remained would enter the solar bark with the kadash or mind and follow ra the sun on its course through the underworld to receive da the spark of life and be reborn with new and better desires and restored as a new son in the luminous horizon of the sun as the sun rose again in a new dawn.

    What happens happens and doesn't have much to do with your beliefs or the lack of them.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Thu May 02, 2013 at 12:15:40 PM PDT

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    •  That is interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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      Maybe where the magician's phrase abra-kadabra comes from?

      •  I find ancient and middle Egyptian fascinating (1+ / 0-)
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        the Tale of the shipwrecked sailor" is often treated as a fairy tale about a magic snake, but translated a little differently is a straight forward historical account of a voyage to Punt in search of frankincense and myhr.

        The writing is often linguistically sophisticated. There is phoenetic ked whose glyph is an image of a bark drifting downstream illustrating a passive state of being active.

        In English we have the suffix ed but also a number of words ending in ched (and or eached) related to a past passive state of being active; he had  arched, breached, cached, leached, marched, reached, searched, etc;

        I'm willing to allow that there may be more than one Egyptian phrase incorporated into English idioms by Greek Orthodox priests from Alexandria doing missionary work in Britain.

        Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

        by rktect on Thu May 02, 2013 at 04:33:59 PM PDT

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