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Ancient Egypt & Fae
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Ancient Egypt & Fae
OK so here's what I've been thinking & meditating about.

When most people talk fae, they're talking along the lines of Sidhe, pixies, Celtic-type entities; more rarely I've seen talk of other European fairies, and also djinn ( which I know little about ).

Has anyone ever heard of or think is possible fae existed during and in the times of Ancient Egypt, some possibly attached to various deities, whether or not they actually existed I don't know, perhaps fae were independent of them.

Wherever I was meditating ( I don't always know where I go lol ), perhaps it was an astral plane, perhaps just my own mind, I got this impression that there were these type of beings. They were or are pure energetic beings unless incarnated. I also got the impression some may have been related to animals, such as lions, leopards, crocodiles, scorpions, birds, perhaps taking the shape of animals.

Yes I may be insane lol. But has anyone ever heard of anything like this?

I know many here know far more than I do, so I really appreciate your help!
2012-07-15 21:15
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I am Kemetic myself so kind of consider what i am about to say by coming from those kind of religious glasses.

From what I have read so far the ancient Egyptians certainly believed in a host of various otherworldly beings and creatures besides then just the Netjeru. In English translations and books they are often simply refereed to as "demons' even though some of them good. (A famous of one these entities is Ammut who has an important part to play during the Weighing of the Heart.)

In modern Kemeticism, unseen beings that are not one of the Netjeru are referred to as "netjeri."

Besides Ammut there are countless other Netjeri shown on papyrus and on walls from varies eras of ancient Egypt. Some were beast-like creatures, other human bodies but animal headed, and so on.

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2012-07-16 1:20
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I consider faeries to be worldwide. Just because the word is English (from the Normans), doesn't mean it doesn't apply to people in other non-English speaking countries.
However, I am using the older definition of faerie and not the tinkerbell definition since the second one pisses me off.
I also have some unusual ideas about faeries such as an overlap with demons (which is present in folklore along with overlap with the dead) and the idea that the beings worshipped as deities are actually faeries or the like (which is one of the theories of faeries' origins anyway).

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2012-07-16 11:19
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I looked through one of my books and found some information that might be useful to you, Ava. I hope it is in some way.

Quote: There is no Egyptian word which corresponds to the English Word ‘demon,’ but Egyptological literature often uses this term to describe what are also called ‘minor divinities.’ From the ancient Egyptian perceptive, as Dimittri Meeks has shown, such minor deities were subordinate to the major gods and goddesses and performed specific tasks upon demands; and while the major gods tended to be more universal in nature, ’demons’ were often defined by specific actions, behavior and location. These beings were often associated with caves, pits, and tombs and also with bodies of water - all of which were considered entrances into the underworld - and the greatest number of demons were in fact, denizens of the beyond.

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While some were clearly portrayed as frightening instruments of punishment for the damned, many were not inimical and may often better be classes as minor guardian deities such as the keepers of the various gates of the underworld. Some were creatures specifically tasked with the protection of the king or the deceased in the journey through the netherworld.

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Such demons may be depicted zoomorphic ally but usually take human form or are portrayed semi-anthropomorphically with human bodies and the heads of creatures such as turtles, which were considered malevolent but whose power could be used for protection.

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Demons could also be associated with the world of the living, however; and once again we find benevolent and malevolent types. The latter type included demons associated with Sekhmet and other great deities in their aggressive aspects, while more benevolent demons were often called upon to give protection from these.

(Page 82 of The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt byRichard Wilkinson)

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2012-07-16 13:18
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Thank you Edge!

And Zeoriel, wow, I had no clue. That is great information, and it helps me very much. It also gives me a wonderful starting point for research. Thank you! It also confirms perhaps I'm not insane and my meditations have yielded some possibly useful information that's not entirely off the wall.

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2012-07-16 23:40
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