2017/03/14

Ancient Egypt Frog

Frogs, as creatures of the underworld, symbolized the creation of life. The original male deities of Hermopolis were often depicted with frog heads and the frog was the holy animal of the goddess of birth Heqat. In the Khontamenti temple at Abydos many little frogs made of faience and stone were found, votive offerings to Heqat. A frog also accompanied the god of the Nile. The amphibians certainly were great friends of the water. As Ankhsheshonq had it in his Instruction:

The frog goddess Heqet was often shown as a frog-headed woman or as a frog. Because the Egyptians saw that there were many frogs, all appearing from the Nile, they associated the frog with fertility and resurrection, and so Heqet was a goddess of childbirth. The four male primeval gods of the Ogdoad - Nun (water), Amen (invisibility), Heh (infinity) and Kek (darkness) - were all frog gods.

Heqet (Heqat, Heket) was a goddess of childbirth and fertility in Ancient Egypt. She was depicted as a frog, or a woman with the head of a frog. The meaning of her name is not certain, but possibly derived from the word "heqa" meaning "ruler" or "sceptre". Frogs symbolised fruitfulness and new life, and it is thought that the her priestesses were trained midwives.

Ancient Egypt Frog

 Ancient Egypt Frog


Ancient Egypt Frog



Ancient Egypt Frog

Ancient Egypt Frog


According to one tradition, she was the wife of Khnum, the creator god of Abu (Elephantine). He created each person on his potter's wheel, and she breathed life into them before they were placed in their mother's womb. Heqet and Khnum are depicted on Hatshepsut's birth colonnade in her Mortuary Temple at Deir el Bahri.

Heqet holds an ankh (symbolising life) to the infant Hatshepsut and her ka. According to another tradition, She was the wife of Heh and it was he who crafted each person before she brought life to them. Finally, she was sometimes considered to be the wife of Horus the elder, although as a form of Hathor she was also his mother.

Pregnant women wore amulets depicting Heqet for protection, and during the Middle Kingdom ritual ivory knives and clappers inscribed with her name were used to ward off evil during childbirth. She could also bring on labour and offer protection during labour. Heqet assisted in this manner in the deliverance of three fifth dynasty kings, according to a myth recorded in the Westcar papyrus in the Story of the birth of the three pharaohs which appears at the end of the tale of "Khufu and the Magicians".

She was also involved in the resurrection of the deceased. In the pyramid texts she assists the pharaoh as he makes his way to the eternal stars sky and is depicted beneath the funeral beir of the deceased Osiris in Denderah. There was a Ptolemaic temple to Heqet at Qus, but only one pylon remains. There is also a reference to a temple at Her-wer in a tomb at Tuna el-Gebel, but so far this temple has not been found.

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Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt


  The blue lotus is a water lily that is also known as the sacred lily of the Nile. In Egyptian mythology, the blue lotus was a symbol of the sun, as the flowers close at night and open in the morning. Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile was held in very high esteem by the ancient Egyptians Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Abyssinians, and any number of historic African civilizations.

Also highly respected and by Indians and in Buddhism. It was worshipped as a visionary plant and was a symbol for the origins of life. Traditionally, it was drank after being soaked in warm water or wine, while a cigarette made of the dried flowers was smoked. Is said to produce a feeling of joy that permeates the whole body, emanating from every cell. Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile is a fantastic smoke and the best part is it can be blended to add flavor to your favorite blends.

Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

 Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt



Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

 
Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt

Sacred Lily of Ancient Egypt



Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus or Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile) was the most sacred plant of Ancient Egypt, prized above all others. Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) was worshipped as a visionary plant and was a symbol for the origins of life. It was frequently depicted in works of art, where it is most often shown in party and other social scenes, and sometimes in scenes of sexual debauchery.

The flowers were noted for their delightful perfume, suggestive of the sweat of Ra; 'A divine essence, for bringing euphoria, heightened awareness and tranquility'. The Blue Lily was also a symbol of creation, and was according to legend the first object to emerge from oceanic chaos. Though exceedingly rare in the wild today it is thought to have been widespread across Ancient Egypt, where its psychoactive properties were apparently well known.

I had known about the Blue Lotus for quite awhile but became especially interested in the psychoactive properties of the plant and the connection to the ancient Egyptians as my interest and knowledge on the subject of ancient civilizations and mysticism evolved. Well last week I decided to try it out and purchased a 10gr bag at the local smartshop (head shop) in Utrecht, Netherlands.

After reading up about the Blue Lotus I decided to soak the dried flowers in red wine for about an hour and then consume the mixture. Apparently this is the method the ancient Egyptians used and the best way to ingest the sacred plant. After about half an hour I began to notice some mild sedative effects and a light euphoria but this was very subtle and somewhat clouded by the wine.

After consuming 5gr of lotus and half a bottle of wine I realized that drinking the wine with the lotus had been a mistake, I felt the effects of the Lotus -dreamy, sedated, and tranquil- but the feeling was not optimal or pure because of the wine. I smoked a joint and felt a definite opiate like high though very mild. I slept very deeply and woke refreshed.

I was a little disappointed but I still had half a bag left of the Blue Lily and so the next night I decided to boil the flowers in water and drink the mixture as tea. I figured that without the wine I would be able to feel the effects of the Lotus properly. I drank three cups of tea and ate the remaining flowers, bitter but edible.

The effect this time was stronger; gradually I felt a light buzz and soft glowing all over my body, my muscles relaxed and my mood definitely lifted. Although the effects are not overwhelming, they are pleasant and I’m sure they resemble the effects of opium. I enjoyed the dreamy space I found myself in, definite psycho-active effects, mind stimulation and a mild spiritual mystic effect.

The psycho-active effects of Blue Lotus are mild and subtle and a lot must be consumed in order to really appreciate this plant. Blue Lotus is definitely sedative but also tranquil and I can easily see why the ancient Egyptians used this drug at parties and social occasions, the Blue Lotus would also have been used by Priests to seek contact with the gods, for spiritual practices and as a pain-killer, sleeping-aid and all round wonder-herb. I found the effects similar to Valerian, GHB, and marijuana.

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