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Book Report Assignment for Pages 43-48 of EM Vol. 3 The Priests and Priestesses of Ancient Egypt
This lesson ranged from the Question and Answer section to understanding the role of Priests and Priestesses in ancient times as well as today. During the Q& A segment Sebai Maa discussed distinguishing the comparative religion belief systems. Aspirants may come to the Ancient Egyptian teachings with some tainted previous belief systems and try to reconcile the similarities. Seba Dja shared that there is blockage due to Aryu that can be a blind spot to progressing in the teachings with this type of thinking. Sebai Maa shared that we are to recognize that not everyone is qualified to receive the teachings in this lifetime so we are to employ Antet Begag and dispassion as well as compassion. Uab Setna shared his experience with some who have inquired about entering the Clergy and the process that Sebai Maa and Seba Dja shared that applicants need to have an association with Sema by being involved in the various courses, attend programs etc. to have a good foundation in the teachings and the workings of this temple first. I certainly agreed with those sentiments as I have personally seen many who have appeared to have much Shemsu Udja but as Seba Dja stated “Aryu” blocks them in some shape or form.
In the section of “Respect and Support of the Priests and Priestess in the Ancient Period” the term “Humanist Theocracy was equated with Ethiocracy by Sebai Maa. This relates to how the government was ruled by the Per Aah who was advised by priests and priestesses based on Maatian Principles and ethical living. So contrary to Egyptologists perspective, the country was not ruled by ego personalities but by those advised by the priests and priestesses who happily served by employing their true Maat Ari with ethical conscience for the good of all, not just elite members of society as we see today. Also highlighted in the Panel of Inty was the importance of Priestesses where Egyptologists downplay their role.
Diagrams depicting the groupings from Per Aah to workers showed a change in advisory members from Clergy to Military which led to the “downfall” of Ancient Egypt. The diversion from spiritual advice of the priests and priestesses to a more military and building and art amplification allowed for this degradation to occur.
Dua Sebai Maa, Seba Dja and Hemu.