Sunday 13 August 2023

Hymn to Ptah

The ka-souls of all the living were created in the image of Ptah.

All formed in his heart and by his tongue.

Horus was created from the thoughts of Ptah’s heart.

Thoth was formed by the words of Ptah’s tongue.

Ptah’s heart guides the Ennead,

Ptah’s tongue directs human.

Ptah creates the Ennead with only teeth and lips,

Atum must create with hands and semen.

Atum had to use hands to bring forth the Ennead.

Ptah had only to speak, and the Ennead came forth.

Ptah called the names of Shu and Tefnut,

The wind and the rain gave birth to the Ennead.

Sight, hearing, and smell all report to the heart,

The heart is the source of all knowledge.

The tongue speaks only the words of Ptah…

Ptah’s heart grants the gift of life,

Ptah’s tongue organizes life’s abundance.

Ptah’s heart grants life to the steady heart,

Ptah’s tongue orders death for fools.

The creation in the book of Genesis borrows heavily from both the hymn of Aten and Ptah and other aspects of Kemetian religion such as the creation from the primordial darkness/waters and a tree of life/Ished among other things.

Taken from Genesis in no particular order.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Ancient Kemet Origins

Image - Statue of the God Ptah from Karnak, 18th dynasty, 1390-53 BCE

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