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178 Theurgy

In temple ceremony, the Sentyt performs the rite of Pronouncement, giving

the words of the invoked god to the congregation. The patron of this priest is

Maat, who is consort of Djehuti in the cosmic world. He provides the sound or

vibration for creation, while Maat provides the vessel or matrix its embodiment.

Thus, she was regarded as "mistress of truth," knowing the perfect forms of all

things. Seshat and the forty-two Maati (goddesses) are also patrons of this role.

)(The Uab(t): Asperger
-Patron: Nut

The name Uab means "pure one" and is the same word used to denote water.

Hence, it is not surprising that the role of this priest encompassed the purifica­

tions and ceremonial cleansings that were traditionally performed before offer­

ings were made in the temple and tomb. Water was the primary agent for these

rites; all water was believed to have originated from Nun, the primeval abyss. As

such, it carried the power to renew and rejuvenate, just as the gods could cycli­

cally return to their watery origins and come into being once again. Equally im­

portant was the use of natron (a naturally occurring desert salt) and incense­

substances that are natural disinfectants.

The Uab prepares consecrated water, and in the absence of a dedicated well it

is usually taken from a natural source (river, lake), filtered, and stored in protec­

tive containers. She then performs aspersions, the sprinkling of consecrated

water on offerings, amulets, and any space that will be used-permanently or

temporarily-for ceremony. This ensures that the environment is sanctified, even

though it may not have been ritually consecrated as a whole.

The Uab may also assist in ablutions that are performed prior to ceremony by

other temple members or for guests. This includes providing the water, sacred

oils, and any accessories required for anointing and purification. She must also be

well versed in the rites of purification, including the body censings performed for

initiations and healing.

The patron of the Uab is Nut, Neter of celestial existence. Others include Nun,

Nefertum, Shesmu, and Tefimt.

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Theurgy 179

Season Patron Deity Priest!ess Meaning Temple Function

rr Asar HemKa Spiritual Servant Counsellor

b' Het-Her Khener Hymn odes Chanter

rr Djehuti KherHeb Keeper of the Book Lector

� Nebt-Het HemNeter God's Incarnation Censer

en Heru Maa Seer Teaching

rtf Geb Setem Steward Provisioner

n Auset UrHekau Great of Magic Theurgist

m. Anpu Sau Watcher Doorkeeper

,?' Sekhmet-Bast Senu Physician Healer

1S Set Mer Overseer Administrator

� Maat Sentyt Oracle Divination

* Nut Uab Asperger Purifications

Table 17-The Hemu of the Per Neter

The Temple Master
W hile we recognize that Egypt was governed by a monarchy, the royal person

was also a metaphor of the consciously realized individual, because she was

viewed as a direct descendant of the gods. The elevation of the royal person rep­

resented the cultural aspirations of society, the stability it sought for the present

and future, and the continuity of the past. In ancient times, the system relied al­

most exclusively upon family lineages, as the Egyptians believed that divine blood

flowed through the Royal House, from an archaic period when the gods lived on

Earth and founded Egypt. And while certain individuals were recognized as de­

scendants of divine beings, the system was not infallible, as history has shown.

Numerous nonroyal individuals, male and female, arose at critical historical peri­

ods to introduce new cultural mandates and represent spiritual objectives that su­

perseded ones of the past. They did so not only with the support of the temples

that perpetrated this tradition, but also with the consent of the gods, if such

records can be believed.

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Index 383

Setem (priest/ess), 50, 71, 169, 174,



Setil, 106,177,260,271,299,308,336

Shadow Worlds, :xxxii, 55, 67, 91, 94,




Shu, xxv, 3, 10-11, 13, 17, 57, 64, 70,

80, 96, 103, 112, 131, 164, 172, 207,



Sia (perception), 17-19,21, 77, 98, 155,


Sirius, xxv, 90, 103, 107, 109-110, 116,


Sobekh, xxv, 3, 41, 132, 137, 177, 336,


Sokar, xxv, 10, 12, 14, 36, 51, 94, 130,



solstices, 67, 74, 94, 96, 98-99,

102-103, 110, 117, 119, 121, 137,

Ta Ur (Exalted Land), 41, 57, 369

Taurt, xxv, 10, 12, 14, 20, 77, 137, 177,


Tefuut, xxv, 10-11, 13, 17, 57, 138, 164,


Tetramenes, 95

Thebes,6, 10,31-32,38,41,45,55,62,


Thet (amulet), 43, 321, 323

Uab (priest/ess), 156, 169, 174,

178-179, 182-183, 189-190, 196,



Uadj (green), 230, 301, 304, 306

Uadjat (eye amulet), 43, 67, 93, 266,


Ur Hekau (priest/ess), 169, 175,

179-180, 183, 191-192, 196,



Wabu (purifications), 142-144, 151,


144, 241, 246, 285, 297, 299, 340 Wadjet, xxv, 26, 31-33, 39-40, 131,

Sopdet (Sirius, Sothis), 8-9, 13, 57, 72, 147, 171, 202,205,226,334-335,362




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