Sunday, January 20, 2008

Kemetic Soul Confusion

This is about the different concepts of soul (for lack of a better word) in Kemetic beliefs. Basically, I'm confused about all the different terms and what they mean. I've read about them on three or four different websites, and I've taken notes on them, but it's not really sinking in.

I know Khat is the physical body, so I'm not too confused about that one. But, the differences between Ka and Ba aren't really sticking with me. Ka is the life force, right? But what exactly does that mean? And Ba, that would be the personality part of the soul, right? From what I understand the Ba is immortal while the Ka can die out. I've also read about Sahu and Sekhem, and I'm just as lost as can be about those definitions. Also, the idea of Ren, which is the hidden name of an individual. How would that relate to a modern day Kemetic practice? From what I've read, in Ancient times people would have a hidden name because knowing that name would allow another person to have power over them. However, that doesn't seem to relate in modern times.

I think I just need someone who really understands these concepts to explain it to me in simple terms.

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