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Ancient Egyptian Healing
In the ancient world, you were healthy or you were dead!
Egyptian civilization is OLD! Cleopatra is further in time from Cheops
In ancient Egypt, diseases were generally considered to be caused by gods, demons and ghosts, by dark magic, evil spirits and by poisons. Hence, ancient Egyptian doctors were also exorcists and magicians – they used rituals, spells and counter-spells as well as herbal remedies and surgery. The basis of Egyptian medicine was to heal both the body and the mind as a path for returning to health.
We know from mummified bodies that many ancient Egyptians suffered from malnutrition, arthritis, bilharzia, eye diseases, heart diseases, infections, tetanus, diabetes, smallpox, polio, tuberculosis, plagues and cancer. Priests and their families had a higher incidence of blocked arteries, from eating the sacrificial food. Contrary to New Age ideas, Egypt did not enjoy a golden age of health.
Our modern medicine focuses on healing the body.
As some diseases were perceived to be caused by sorcerers, deities or demons, many healing activities were based on sympathetic magic. On the other hand, modern doctors might have few problems with their treatment of scorpion stings, snake bites, wounds and physical injuries.
Oh My Gods!
Egyptian gods could evolve. The earliest Egyptians were nomadic hunters, and their gods appear to have been warlike and bloodthirsty, and later developed into a pantheon of gods more appropriate to agricultural villages and towns. Pharaohs, workers, merchants and peasants could choose which gods to worship.
Cults of a Great Mother are widespread cults across history. Almost every people and agricultural tribe seems to have honored a goddess of harvest and fertility. Many of these goddesses merged into the cult of Isis (known now as Mother Nature) – Isis reflected nature’s cycles of seasons, life and death, the rebirth of life and the resurrection of the sun every winter solstice.
Ancient Egyptian Life
In ancient Egypt, religion was integrated into everyday life. Traditional religious rituals and healing methods were used together for people’s health and harmony. Here, if you wish, you can explore a little of what we know about the ancient Egypt world-view.
Relax … slow down … take a deep breath or two … and imagine an older time … between endless deserts … back in time … by a huge river … in an Egyptian village … under blinding sun … with the smell of cattle … and the sounds of insects …
… where we live together by a huge river surrounded by haunted deserts. We have known each other since birth, and most of us are related. We believe we are descended from the same ancestors and created by the same gods. We know everybody in our village – we know their qualities and problems. We want to live in harmony with our neighbors and with our gods. And we want to live forever.
Our basic wisdom is Ma’at, the structure of reality: truth, order and balance. Ma’at is our guiding principle for living good lives and avoiding esefet (evil) and the temptations of the dark god Set. (Set is the god of imbalance: of lies, chaos and confusion.) Prayer and worship are important parts of our daily lives. May we walk with the gods every day.
We respect our elders as the keepers of our wisdom and the teachers of our children. Our elders teach us how to live, and we must carefully learn. Our elders may choose children with special talents to be trained to become the new experts and scribes. Our pharaoh is an incarnation of Horus, and can communicate directly with the gods on our behalf. May we live forever.
We make our own essentials, or we trade for them, although we build boats and buildings together. We often farm and work together. Our desert hunters know every star and breeze; and our boat captains know every sand bar and current.
Disease reflects imbalance. Did the diseased person offend an ancestor, the pharaoh or a god? We heal disease with herbs, prayers and with magical rituals – and we heal wounds with surgery, poultices and bandages. Our healing rituals are based on the knowledge of our elders and healers.
We learn our traditions and we repeat them faithfully. Deviation can lead to chaos! We pray to the gods, including Min in the Eastern desert, to Hapi in the river Nile and to many others. The high gods Horus and Isis live in heaven, and Osiris in the underworld, and the god of confusion (Set) in the hot desert. There are over two thousand gods, we are told, all created by the first god Neter.
If we invite you into our community, we have simple rules: Respect our traditions and join us in our rituals. Do not annoy our rulers or gods – instead work with us in harmony, honor our ancestors, with great mother nature and with each other. And when your body stops breathing, we will open your mouth and read for you the Papyrus of Ani … commonly called the Book of the Dead.
Our heritage is tradition and stability. Your heritage is innovation and change. Can we work together, to reflect our love of life and your love of information? Let us love our living world. Let us learn together how to live together in harmony and balance. Too soon it will be too late. May we all live forever!
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