The egyptian lotus nymphaea caerulea, the blue water lily. A novel of egypts fall white lotus book 2 by libbie hawker 4. There is little wonder that it became the floral symbol of upper egypt, and a flower enjoyed by all people throughout egyptian history. An overview the creation of the universe and the earth major gods and goddesses nun and neith the benben stone, atum, and the bennu.
The goddess hathor was also depicted holding the blue lotus symbol. He represented both the first sunlight and the delightful smell of the egyptian blue lotus, born from waters within a blue waterlily. Keli sipperley this book introduces young readers to the basics of egyptian mythology, focusing on origin, intriguing anecdotes, lesser known but fascinating information, ties to modern culture, and more. Another use of lotus flower in egyptian culture is related to the cult of osiris, funerals, the mummification process and the four sons of horus. The ancient name for the cartouche was shenu and it was worn by pharaohs. Who is beautiful and waterlily of the sun, and a version of the book of the dead says. It was considered extremely significant in egyptian mythology, since it was said to rise and fall with the sun. The blue lotus in buddhism is the symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, of intelligence and wisdom, of knowledge. Blue lotus was a very important flower in egyptian mythology, it was seen as a symbol of the sun, because the flowers close at night and open again in the morning.
Book of the dead showing various egyptian gods and goddesses and other. The complete gods and goddesses of ancient egypt ancient egyptian magic. After leaving the island of the sorceress kirke circe, and mourning the crewmen who had been eaten by the monster skylla scylla, odysseus found himself in the land of the lotus eaters. All three species were depicted in egyptian art the pink lotus showed up in hellenistic artworks, however the sacred blue lotus was the flower most commonly used and the one depicted in the hieroglyph. Egyptian blue lotus lily elixir for awakening consciousness. Because of that, the egyptians deemed the blue lotus the sacred flower of the sun and sun gods. The a3 size open edition archival quality print, 11. Also featured are articles about egyptian culture and history. The worlds most famous travelling reporter is on the trail of the blue lotus. Lotus ibm lotus, formerly the lotus software group. Egyptian souvenir metal with stone ashtray plate hand crafted engraved copper brass decorative decor ancient cleopatra lotus pharaoh pharaohs hieroglyphics ankh horus eye decoration egypt.
Jul 15, 2012 the egyptian lotus is mildly narcotic and both the blue and white varieties were used in medicinal preparations. Handbook of egyptian mythology world mythology by geraldine pinch. Perfect for lovers of graphic novels, mysteries and historical adventures. It uses iconography from egyptian mythology and depicts a priestess by a pool of lotus flowers holding sacred lotuses. It has historically been known as the blue lotus and sacred lotus, particularly in discussing its revered status among the ancient egyptians, nubians, abyssinians, and any number of historic african civilizations of the ancient world. The sacred way egyptians got high september 16, 2016 kirsten cowart leave a comment there is a mysterious image that has appeared time and again in thousands upon thousands of pieces of ancient egyptian art. The lotus was one of the two earliest egyptian capitals motifs, the topmost members of a column. A passage of the book of the dead says the blessed dead will rise like nefertum from the lotus, to the nostrils of ra, and come forth upon the horizon each day. Nefertem was, in egyptian mythology, originally a lotus flower at the creation of the world, who had arisen from the primal waters. A third type, the pink lotus nelumbo nucifera was introduced to the country from persia during the late period. Either of two aquatic plants, nelumbo nucifera of asia and australia with pink flowers, or n. Blue lotus nelumbo nucifera or blue lily is a flower that has had a majestic stretch of limelight back through thousands of years of history and across cultures as varied as the egyptian. A prominent figure in buddhist and egyptian culture, and native flower for both india and vietnam, the lotus holds enormous symbolic weight.
Aug 31, 2014 for over 3000 years the blue lotus was used by priesthood of ancient egypt for its medicinal properties and as a spiritual sacrament. Magic in ancient egypt isbn 0292765592 paula daunt. The four sons of horus were born from a lotus flower according to egyptian mythology and they were depicted sitting on a lotus flower in several ancient egyptian artworks. The sacred bark was a ritual object deeply embedded in the egyptian ritual and mythological landscapes. There are so many books available on ancient egyptian mythology and religion, especially introductions written for beginners, that it can sometimes seem that theyre more numerous than grains of sand in the egyptian desert. Elaine coyne egyptian lotus hearts cuff bracelet carnelian, malachite, turquoise. The ancient egyptian dream flower egyptian mythology, ancient. Ancient egyptian gods and goddesses for kids the lotus. It is a universal truth that the myths of all cultures are the attempts of people to explain the world in which they live. Normandiellis the words and the world are my passions. See more ideas about stencils, egyptian and stencil painting on walls. Give me a graphic novel on egyptian mythology thats illustrated by a talented artist that mixes subversive humor with interesting plots and youve got a hell of a book. Ancient egyptian culture the functions of egyptian mythology the world of the egyptian gods the peasant who became king, the princess of bekhten, and the golden lotus the myth of ra and isis, the book of thoth, and the seven years famine accessrestricteditem true addeddate 20180801 16.
Recounts the religious beliefs of ancient egypt, discussing various gods and goddesses and their attributes. Then, the papyrus was used to create the worlds first paper, but the honor of the pure white egyptian lotus lives on as the national flower of egypt. A major source of information about the ancient egyptian view of the underworld was found in an extensive ancient papyrus, called the book. The egyptian lotus is the only plant known to flower and produce fruit simultaneously. In egyptian mythology horus was occasionally shown in art as a naked boy with a finger in his mouth sitting on a lotus with his mother. W benson harer, jr, independent scholar, seattle, washington the blue lotus flower figures prominently in egyptian religion, art and architecture. Etsy is the home to thousands of handmade, vintage, and oneofakind products and gifts related to your search. The blue lotus or water lily was sacred to the egyptians and is a symbol of the sun of creation and. Give me a book on egyptian mythology and ill eat it up in a week. The pure white lotus flower, the only plant to fruit and flower simultaneously, emerges from the depths of the muddy swamp. Nefertem represented both the first sunlight and the delightful smell of the egyptian blue lotus flower.
Nefertem was the god of healing, medicine and beauty and strongly associated with the lotus and often depicted in egyptian art with a large lotus blossom forming his. According to egyptian creation myth, it was a giant lotus which first rose out of the watery chaos at the beginning of time. In fact, the significance of the flower is such that it is even cited in the egyptian book of the dead one of the most important historical artefacts that remains from the proud civilisation. Nymphaea caerulea, known primarily as blue lotus or blue egyptian lotus, but also blue water. Aryshta dean at the 2017 exploring psychedelics conference at southern oregon university. Egyptian lotus article about egyptian lotus by the free. The book of the dead has a spell to allow the deceased to transform into one of these flowers. And from these waters, a mound called the benben appeared, where the. A group of people who existed in a state of languorous forgetfulness induced by eating the fruit of the lotus plant.
No matter what youre looking for or where you are in the world, our global marketplace of sellers can help you find unique and affordable options. Seneferu, father of the pharaoh khufu who built the great pyramid of giza, reigned long over a contented and peaceful egypt. In egypt, two native species of lotus grew, the white lotus nymphaea lotus and the blue lotus nymphaea cerulea. The 10 best egyptian mythology books norse mythology for. In preparation for such a spiritual journey it is important that you find yourself at the threshold of to take a flight beyond familiar realms the. The blue lotus of the nile was the most sacred of plants, prized above all others. Spell 472 of the coffin texts and spell six of the egyptian book of the dead both are instructions for the soul to call the shabti to life in the field of reeds. For over 3000 years the blue lotus actually a water lily was used medicinally and spiritually by the priesthoods of ancient egypt, greece, and rome. Ancient egyptian literature ancient history encyclopedia. Over the years, it developed a variety of applications and helped set industry standards. Influences of egyptian lotus symbolism and ritualistic practices on. The author is clearly an expert on ancient egyptian civilization and writes very well. Lotus flower symbol meaning, history and symbolism in. It achieved outstanding success by introducing lotus 123, the first spreadsheet for the ibm pc.
Magic in ancient egypt 1 necklace of shell, coral, bone, ivory and glazed steatite, with hippopotamus amulet, c. Anubis in egyptian mythology the book of the dead anubis, the egyptian god of the dead, featured in many of the stories, myths and legends in egyptian mythology. This list is primarily, but by no means exclusively, for beginners with little or no familiarity with ancient egyptian mythology and religion. In this comprehensive introduction to egyptian mythology, author geraldine pinch shows how the mythology of ancient egypt must be pieced together from a variety of written and visual sources. As a closed bud or open flower, it appears on the walls of temples, stone carvings and paintings, and it inspired the lines of tall columns. Ancient blue lotus flowers were also found scattered over tutankhamuns body, when he was uncasked in 1922. Nymphaea lotus, the white egyptian lotus, tiger lotus, white lotus or egyptian white waterlily, is a flowering plant of the family nymphaeaceae distribution. It was carried aloft in processions or pulled in a. Blue lotus nelumbo nucifera or blue lily is a flower that has had a majestic stretch of limelight back through thousands of years of history and across cultures as varied as the egyptian, mayan, syrian and thai. Hamish steeles pantheon is a very good read, and one you can easily do in a couple hours. All three species were depicted in egyptian art the pink lotus showed up in hellenistic artworks, however the sacred blue lotus was the flower most commonly used and the one depicted in. Visit the world of the ancient egyptians and discover facts about the lotus symbol. While it provides several stories, it doesnt provide context for the tales or place the tales within the larger egyptian context or society. Differing schools of iconology and mythology have yet to reconcile whether or not shared.
The lotus in ancient egypt isis, lotus of alexandria lyceum. The egyptian symbol for the eye of the sun was the sacred lotus floating in a pool of limpid water. Arm tats, book of the dead, egyptian tattoo, lotus design, blue lotus, design. Egyptian blue lotus lily elixir nymphaea caerulea and its inner workings wisdom and understanding the purpose and value of a spiritual awakening. This is a fun read for those who are already familiar with egyptian mythologhy and how to decipher fact from fiction. Once the shabti went off to work, the soul could then go back to relaxing beneath a favorite tree with a good book or walk by a pleasant stream with ones dog.
More current books of value to help all readers with the subject of egyptian mythology are. Our blue lotus incense is made from the finest blue lotus oil imported from cultivators in the usa amazingly enough. Egyptian mythology recognizes two species of lotus, which are native to that period. Because at night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. The book of the dead contains spells for transforming oneself into a lotus. Species name nyphaea caerulea also known as the blue lotus of the nile. Within the great epic myths are explained many smaller mysteries of life along the nile. Secrets of the ancient egyptian sacred blue lotus kathy j. In the ancient temples of egypt, hardly a monument can be found that doesnt. Egyptian crafts egyptian symbols egyptian mythology egyptian beauty egyptian art egyptian drawings ancient egypt for kids coloring books coloring pages cartouche royal encircling protection. In india, tintin gets drawn into a dangerous mystery revolving around a madnessinducing. The opening and closing of the lotus in the daylight and nighttime hours is said to be symbolic of the cycle of the sun through the heavens.
The blue lotus generally produces mild psychoactive effects that are purported to have a divine essence, which brings upon the feelings of tranquility and subtle euphoria. This amulet is one of the earliest examples of egyptian representational these deities included the god heka, who was depicted in human form, sometimes with the signs that write his name on his head figs 2, 9, 11. These highly collectible editions of the original 24 adventures will delight tintin fans old and new. The sacred blue lotus is a plant with psychoactive effects. This is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth. All color book of egyptian mythology by richard patrick and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. This book introduces you to the world of ancient egypt, explains the political system and religious beliefs of its people, and takes you on a journey to a time when writing was just beginning and stories and myths were of utmost importance.
Dedicated to the ancient egyptian blue lotus sacrament. The blue lotus is sometimes referred to as the egyptian dream flower. The thoughts of the creator became the gods and everything else which exists. It played an important part in ancient egyptian religion. From this giant lotus the sun itself rose on the first day. Sesen the lotus a symbol of the sun, creation, purity and rebirth a lotus flower. The chapters are of a length appropriate for bedtime story reading as well as for schoolrelated activity. The white lotus blooms during the evening, giving it strong lunar associations. A promontory jutting out into the sea from the country of the gindanes is inhabited by the lotus eaters, who live entirely on the fruit of the lotus tree. They describe the state before all creation as being the primordial waters of chaos, personified as the deity nun. At a later date, the pink lotus, called nelumbonucifera, was brought to. According to ancient egyptian mythology the lotus symbolized the sun, of creation, rebirth and regeneration.
The lotus eaters even succeed in obtaining from it a sort of wine. The deceased as the sun god, rising out of the primordial lotus. Bakr fahmy is your host and the founder of the blue lotus guesthouse. The diurnal, blue nilotic lotus, nymphaea nouchali burm. The ancient egyptian creation myths have a common theme. The egyptian origin of the ark of the covenant 17 scott b. I have changed the word lotus into water lily in this article to specify which exact plant is being spoken about. Noegel abstract the best nonisraelite parallel to the ark of the covenant comes not from mesopotamia or arabia, but from egypt. Nefertum was usually depicted as a beautiful young man wearing a lotus headdress, sometimes standing on the back of a lion.
World building is the real star of lotus blue, the debut science fiction novel for australian author cat sparks. Furthermore, there is a nice taxonomy of the ancient egyptian pantheon and an interesting, if too short, discussion of glyph writing. Lotus is also the name of either of two large water lilies, a redflowered asian lily, the flower of which is a symbol in asian art and religion, and a white or blueflowe. Like other species in the genus, the plant contains the psychoactive alkaloid. Nymphaea caerulea, known primarily as blue lotus or blue egyptian lotus, but also blue water lily or blue egyptian water lily, and sacred blue lily, is a water lily in the genus nymphaea. Lotus flower symbolism the lotus flower is a symbol of beauty, purity, and tranquility in several cultures. It was not only the beauty of the blue lotus flower to which its mesmerizing popularity can be attributed. Nov 14, 2016 ancient egyptian literature comprises a wide array of narrative and poetic forms including inscriptions on tombs, stele, obelisks, and temples. The egyptian lotus nymphaea caerulea, the blue water. Egyptian afterlife the field of reeds ancient history. It features over 40 gods and goddesses, 30 symbols and complete myths. Lotus f english rare from the name of the lotus flower species nelumbo nucifera or the mythological lotus tree. Like other species in the genus, the plant contains the psychoactive alkaloid aporphine not to be confused with apomorphine.
Egyptian lotus definition of egyptian lotus by the free. It is generally represented as a partially opened bud, whose center is unseen, the embodiment of the perfection of wisdom. Lotus eater, greek plural lotophagoi, latin plural lotophagi, in greek mythology, one of a tribe encountered by the greek hero odysseus during his return from troy, after a north wind had driven him and his men from cape malea homer, odyssey, book ix. The ancient egyptians associated the lotus flower with beauty and rebirth, and even today it is an emblem of purity and enlightenment in the buddhist and hindu faiths. Lotus eye of horus egyptian sacred geometry snake mens. The lotus flower appeared in legends originating from ancient egypt. The lotus represented the northern parts of egypt and the papyrus, the southern. There is demand there for those who use the dried petals to make tea and also smokeit appears to contain apomorphine, a drug with psychoactive properties. According to one creation myth it was a giant lotus which first rose out of the watery chaos at the beginning of time. Drawing on her travels in modernday egypt and her lifelong study of egyptian mythology and art, normandi ellis takes us on a moving autobiographical journey through the sacred sites and rituals of egypts past, revealing their restorative and transformative power for contemporary women like herself. Nefertem, one sun god of egyptian mythology, was originally a lotus flower at the creation of the world.
At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. The sacred blue lotus water lily was the flower most commonly used in earlier times and the one depicted in the hieroglyph of the ancient egyptian word for lotus, seshen. Very quickly in this novel sparks creates a vision of a future australia an already ancient land thats further weighed down by centuries of environmental disaster, turmoil and wars so that the present of the novel feels old and tired indeed. The egyptians saw that the blue water lily opened up each morning, seeing the intense golden center set against the blue. Trying to sift through them all to determine which ones are the most worthy of spending your hardearned money on can continue reading the 10 best egyptian mythology. Egyptian lotus synonyms, egyptian lotus pronunciation, egyptian lotus translation, english dictionary definition of egyptian lotus. Secrets of the ancient egyptian sacred blue lotus kathy. Nefertum nefertum was an ancient sun god of lower egypt, who was originally considered to be an aspect of atum. As per the mythology of egypt the lotus flower symbolized the sun as well as formation and revival.
Both the blue and white varieties were used in medicinal preparations. Snow fox true luminosity serum, skin brightening facial serum with blue egyptian lotus, firming moisturizing and hydrating face serum for wrinkles, pores, dark spots, redness. The book of ra the book of overthrowing apep, also known as, the book of knowing the evolutions of ra if we consider for a moment the vast amount of thought which the egyptian. About the blue lotus blue lotus guesthouse, sakkara, egypt. The lotus fruit is about the size of the lentisk berry and in sweetness resembles the date. In egyptian mythology, the lotus was associated with the sun, because it bloomed by day, and closed by night. At that time, the motifs of importance are those based on the lotus and papyrus plants respectively, and these. This painting gave me great pleasure to paint because i love egyptian design. He had no foreign wars and few troubles at home, and with so little business of state he often found time hanging heavy on his hands. In greek and roman mythology the lotus tree was said to produce a fruit causing sleepiness and forgetfulness. Lotus and laurel brings together a wealth of essays in celebration of pau. I initially purchased this book in order to know more about egyptian mythology and the core values of their belief systems. On the capitals of the egyptian pillars, on the thrones and even headdresses of the divine kings, the lotus appears everywhere.263 1408 679 1356 299 1146 843 47 540 913 465 1182 633 189 296 997 315 172 1255 694 1128 88 1452 1549 1489 1358 1201 1561 1441 745 518 431 722 1069 285 360 907 1104 446 991 780 534 701 263 1111 1127 103 499 638