Glossary

Ammut: A goddess with the head of a crocodile, the body of a lion or leopard, and the rear of a hippopotamus whose job it is to devour the hearts of the worst sinners and thus ensure their nonexistence as punishment for their deeds.

Aset: The Kemetic (i.e. original) name for the goddess Isis. Mother goddess; also, goddess of healing and magic.

Book of the Dead: Initially, a scroll with spells guaranteed to ensure that the buyer of the spells enters the Field of Reeds (heaven) in the afterlife.

Isis: The Greek name for the goddess Aset.

Kemetic: A follower of the ancient Egyptian religion as practiced today.

Kemeticism: The ancient Egyptian religion as practiced today.

Name of Netjer: The designation for one of the individual “aspects” (my term) of God, such as Aset, Wesir, etc.

Netjer: pl. Netjeru. The Kemetic term for God.

Osiris: The Greek name for the god Wesir.

Unyear: Also called Epagomenal Days. The five days “outside” the standard, 360-day year observed by the Egyptians, yielding a total of 365. Different temples assign different gods’ birthdays to these days, but in my temple of Per Ankh, the order is as follows: Wesir’s Day, Heru-Wer’s Day, Set’s Day, Aset’s Day, and Nebet-Het’s Day. The following day is Wep Ronpet.

Wep Ronpet: The Kemetic New Year. Traditionally celebrated on the day of the heliacal rising of the star Sirius over Memphis. In modern times, can be celebrated whenever Sirius rises in your neck of the woods.

Wesir: The Kemetic (i.e. original) name for the god Osiris, Lord of the Underworld.