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Big Kemetic devotion

I've finally finished writing my massive devotion to Kemetic gods. (Yes, I know that 44 couplets isn't all that massive in this context, not really.) It took quite a while, choosing epithets, deciding on order, and general writish stuff, but at the end it went quickly. The specific mix is the one that seemed right to me; also, there is a smattering of Greek name forms in there, in those cases where that seemed right.




Wepwawet, opener of ways, granter of choices,
unfolder of options, I praise and honor you.

Anubis, measurer of hearts, friend of the dead,
warder against the dark, I praise and honor you.

Hathor, lady of gold, mistress of joy and pleasure,
steadfast friend of women, I praise and honor you.

Sekhmet, most mighty and most beautiful of gods,
healer of humanity, I praise and honor you.

Bast, devouring lady, mistress of truth and light,
preserver of the family, I praise and honor you.

Tefnut, lady of the waters, bringer of rain
to the dusty land, I praise and honor you.

Shu, lord of the air, steady and still of bearing,
master of the winds, I praise and honor you.

Heru-wer, great of terror, lord of flame, granter
of a heart bold and brave, I praise and honor you.

Ma'at, daughter of creation, ideal of the worlds,
mistress of the right, I praise and honor you.

Djehuti, great scribe of Ma'at, master of the pen,
lord of truth and wisdom, I praise and honor you.

Seshet, lady of names and numbers, mistress
of records, keeper of time, I praise and honor you.

Great Ptah, merciful of face, friend of the maker,
whose words work upon the earth, I praise and honor you.

Sokar of the opened wings, lord of the dark,
master of artisans, I praise and honor you.

Wesir, beautiful one who rests upon Ma'at,
lord of the silent lands, I praise and honor you.

Aset, queen of heaven, mistress of magics,
upholder of the good, I praise and honor you.

Heru-sa-Aset, master of magics, just one,
savior of your father, I praise and honor you.

Nepthys, mistress of renewal, friend of the dead,
easer of sorrows, I praise and honor you.

Set of the red land, before whom the sky shakes,
breaker of boundaries, I praise and honor you.

Nut of the sheltering sky, who holds a thousand souls,
lady of the starry night, I praise and honor you.

Geb, first and eldest of kings, deep father earth
who marks the joys of life, I praise and honor you.

Ra who is in heaven, who is in the horizon,
giver of light and life, I praise and honor you.

Khepera, ancient one, bright-winged one, wise and shining
heart of the morning sun, I praise and honor you.

Heruakhety who crosses the sky with incense,
great god of the horizon, I praise and honor you.

Amun, self-created one, king whose name is hidden,
protector of the humble, I praise and honor you.

Beautiful Mut, world-mother, mistress of heaven,
shelter of children, I praise and honor you.

Taweret, friend of women, friend of the home,
guardian of the family, I praise and honor you.

Kindly Bes, guardian of home and family, granter
of life's many joys, I praise and honor you.

Neith, friend of the weaver and the warrior,
great of might, ancient of name, I praise and honor you.

Sobek who made the herbage green, lord of dark waters,
mender of a damaged world, I praise and honor you.

Khnum of the crumpled horn, self-created one,
worker upon the wheel, I praise and honor you.

Khonsu, path-finder, night-shining one, healer
and guardian, friend of women, I praise and honor you.

Nefertem who is beautiful, lily of the sun,
lord of healing, lord of scent, I praise and honor you.

Serqet, mistress of the beautiful house,
protector from poisons, I praise and honor you.

Mafdet, slayer of serpents, mistress of justice,
allotter of penance, I praise and honor you.

Meretseger, great of judgment, guardian of kings,
lady of the great peak, I praise and honor you.

Maahes, lord of slaughter, avenger of wrongs,
opposer of evil, I praise and honor you.

Montu, battle-wise, great bull who meets all foes,
might of the blasting sun, I praise and honor you.

Bountiful Min, virile and strong, lord of the black earth,
the swell of tender green, I praise and honor you.

Renenutet, lady of the fertile fields,
namer of children, I praise and honor you.

Mighty Heka, lord of magic, speaker of words,
placer of the ka, I praise and honor you.

Wadjet who guards the green, warder of the red crown,
protector of children, I praise and honor you.

Nekhbet, mother of mothers, broad-winged goddess,
keeper of the white crown, I praise and honor you.

Atum of the dark waters, O great he-she,
first among the gods, I praise and honor you.

Great Nun, father of fathers, mother of mothers,
you from whom all arose, I praise and honor you.

Comments

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veronikos
May. 31st, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
This would be even more awesome if the names were pronounced correctly.

Wepwawet? This is "The Opener of the Ways." The Egyptian is derived from the verb OO-vah, which means to divide, open, or judge. The second root is oo-AHT-ah, the plural for roads, ways, passages. The two roots together were pronounced OO-voo-AHT-ah. That is the correct name. Pronunciation is very important in Egyptian...as Hermes wrote in Book XVI of the Corpus Hermeticum, "[t]he very sound of an Egyptian word resonates with the thing signified by it...Our Egyptian speech is more than talk. Its utterances are replete with power." Egyptian is one of those languages where power comes only with knowledge. Or, rather, as the old Egyptian proverb goes, OOzar GAHdah OOven.
hearthstone
Jun. 1st, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
Interesting--I am not at all versed in Hermetica but am always up for improving my linguistics! :)
manyoceans
May. 31st, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
This is so beautiful! I always like your spiritual poetry/writings very much. :-)
hearthstone
Jun. 1st, 2013 06:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words :).
ladytanha
Jun. 1st, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
So beautiful. ^.^
hearthstone
Jun. 1st, 2013 06:54 am (UTC)
Thank you, I aim for functional so am pleased if others find it more. :)
djebatihethert
Jun. 9th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
Beautiful. :)

It reminds me very much of the Litany of the Saints (which I heard a lot, growing up Catholic.)
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