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Lesson 3 (PART 1)
1. What is Medtu Neter?
– The writing of Divine Words/Speech. The hieroglyphic system of writing used by the Ancient Egyptians.
How is it different from other writing systems, especially the western writing system?
– The difference that really resonated with me was that Medtu neter contains many dimensions of meaning that require going beyond the literal aspects of the text, the grammar and even the iconography.
There’s a need (and an opportunity) to include philosophical aspects- specifically from Ancient Egyptian culture, as well as having an artistic capacity to understand subtle phonetic and visual relationships of ideas presented in Medtu neter. This is not possible with the alphabetic system of writing.
2. List the important topics covered in the book readings about Ancient Egyptian writing system: Medtu Neter
i. Medtu Neter was the longest-lived human language, having been in existence for over 3,500 years
ii. In practicing the Ancient Egyptian religion, one begins to learn that for every force in the universe there is a god or goddess that presides over it created by the Supreme Being. The Goddess Sesheta and God Djehuty fulfill the role over the function and energy of writing and the power of thoughts and ideas in the mind, as well as when they are put into written form.
iii. One of the most important disciplines of the Kamitian priests and priestesses is to transcribe the Medtu Neter. Doing this helps to develop the mind, promote study on the spiritual teachings, and to engender the development of higher consciousness through continual study and reflection on the teaching.
– These two topics above are of great foundational importance to understanding Medtu Neter because it tells us that it is not a writing system solely created by the human being, but instead the Divine force of thoughts and cognition behind it, and form a deeper level Neberdjer! The Western- English language/writing system is not taught/adopted in this manner, which makes it a challenging writing/language system to truly find deeper meaning in… especially if one does not follow a complete spiritual path such as Shetaut Neter.
On the flip side, when adopting Medtu Neter with the English language one begins to see deeper meaning in the writings/words and languages of current day.
iv. The Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic language has many levels of complexity. The reader must be initiated into these in order to understand them, otherwise the understanding will remain at the superficial levels and the deeper philosophy, and spiritual mysticism will be lost to the reader.
– Importance: A qualified teacher of the Medtu Neter IS required!
v. The inability to understand the hieroglyphic language is predicated upon the fallacy that it is a strictly literal form of language. Western Egyptologists have projected their own understanding of philosophy, religion and language and therefore cannot incorporate the mythic and mystic component of the language which gives to its special form of Reasoning.
vi. “The Language of the People”- Language is not just a means of communication, it actually frames our reference of thought. When one begins to “think” in a language, one is actually participating in the higher aspect of language that reflects one’s consciousness as a community and as a human being.
The language of the people needs to reflect their concept of self and their hopes, aspirations and dreams.