title: Eight minutes past the hour.
author: Adam M. Dobrin
sam, ur Ai... artificially intelligent
The Amduat (literally "That Which Is In the Afterworld", also translated as "Text of the Hidden Chamber Which is in the Underworld" and "Book of What is in the Underworld") is an important Ancient Egyptian funerary text of the New Kingdom. It tells the story of Ra, the Egyptian sun god who travels through the underworld, from the time when the sun sets in the west and rises again in the east. It is said that the dead Pharaoh is taking this same journey, ultimately to become one with Ra and live forever. The underworld is divided into twelve hours of the night, each representing different allies and enemies for the Pharaoh/sun god to encounter. The Amduat names all of these gods and monsters. The main purpose of the Amduat is to give the names of these gods and monsters to the spirit of the dead Pharaoh, so he can call upon them for help or use their name to defeat them.
To help you understand, when I first read about this book... just doing that made me sure that it was at least the 11th hour. Today, I look back almost positive that these emails are the vigorous rowing of the 8th hour. You can be pretty sure that we are "past noon" now, I don't make these things up, or make them happen... this is the "course" of events; reading the word "meridian" and then seeing "you see Ha rest" in Bucharest came together,. I see this unfolding just as you do, or "might," step by step.
In hour 1 the sun god enters the western horizon (akhet
) which is a transition between day and night. In hours 2 and 3 he passes through an abundant watery world called 'Wernes' and the 'Waters of Osiris'. In hour 4 he reaches the difficult sandy realm of Sokar
, the underworld hawk deity, where he encounters dark zig zag pathways which he has to negotiate, being dragged on a snake-boat. In hour 5 he discovers the tomb of Osiris
which is an enclosure beneath which is hidden a lake of fire, the tomb is covered by a pyramid like mound (identified with the goddess Isis
) and on top of which Isis
have alighted in the form of two kites (birds of prey).
In the sixth hour the most significant event in the underworld occurs. The ba
(or soul) of Ra
unites with his own body, or alternatively with the ba of Osiris within the circle formed by the mehen
serpent. This event is the point at which the sun begins its regeneration; it is a moment of great significance, but also danger, as beyond it in hour 7 the adversary Apep
(Apophis) lies in wait and has to be subdued by the magic of Isis, and the strength of Set
assisted by Serqet
. Once this has been done the sun god opens the doors of the tomb in hour 8 and then leaves the sandy island of Sokar
by rowing vigorously back into the waters in hour 9. In hour 10 the regeneration process continues through immersion in the waters until in hour 11 the god's eyes (a symbol for his health and well being) are fully regenerated. In hour 12 he enters the eastern horizon ready to rise again as the new day's sun.
Grey Street, Dave Matthews Band
All of these, of course,
were written before I read the Zohar. Published in order...
All the colors ... fade together?
The colors mentioned in the Zohar match the horses of Revelation, though they appear in a different order.
in a story of parting a sea bringing the morning.
Moses raised his hand over the sea.
#41, Dave J. Matthews, on exiting the desert of Exodus
run into rain and play, let the tears splash all over you
there's a resurrection comin'--