Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life eBook

E. A. Wallis Budge
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“O Smam, [Footnote:  The name of a lake in the third section of Sekhet-Aaru.] I have come unto thee.  My heart watcheth, and I am provided with the white crown.  I am led into celestial regions, and I make the things of earth to flourish; and there is joy of heart for the Bull, and for celestial beings, and for the company of the gods.  I am the god who is the Bull, the lord of the gods as he goeth forth from the turquoise [sky].”
“O divine nome of wheat and barley, I have come unto thee, I have come forward to thee, and I have taken up that which followeth me, namely, the best of the libations of the company of the gods.  I have tied my boat in the celestial lakes, I have lifted up the post at which to anchor, I have recited the prescribed words with my voice, and I have ascribed praises unto the gods who dwell in Sekhet-hetep.”

Other joys, however, than those described above, await the man who has passed satisfactorily through the judgment and has made his way into the realm of the gods.  For, in answer to a long petition in the Papyrus of Ani, which has been given above (see p. 33 f.), the god R[=a] promises to the deceased the following:  “Thou shalt come forth into heaven, thou shalt pass over the sky, thou shalt be joined unto the starry deities.  Praises shall be offered unto thee in thy boat, thou shalt be hymned in the [=A]tet boat, thou shalt behold R[=a] within his shrine, thou shalt set together with his Disk day by day, thou shalt see the ANT [Footnote 1:  The name of a mythological fish which swam at the bow of the boat of R[=a].] fish when it springeth into being in the waters of turquoise, and thou shalt see the ABTU [Footnote:  The name of a mythological fish which swam at the bow of the boat of R[=a].] fish in his hour.  It shall come to pass that the Evil One shall fall when he layeth a snare to destroy thee, and the joints of his neck and of his back shall be hacked asunder.  R[=a] [saileth] with a fair wind, and the Sektet boat draweth on and cometh into port.  The mariners of R[=a] rejoice, and the heart of Nebt-[=a]nkh (i.e., Isis) is glad, for the enemy of R[=a] hath fallen to the ground.  Thou shalt behold Horus on the standing-place of the pilot of the boat, and Thoth and Ma[=a]t shall stand one upon each side of him.  All the gods shall rejoice when they behold R[=a] coming in peace to make the hearts of the shining ones to live, and Osiris Ani, triumphant, the scribe of the divine offspring of the lords of Thebes, shall be along with them.”

But, not content with sailing in the boat of R[=a] daily as one of many beatified beings, the deceased hoped to transform each of his limbs into a god, and when this was effected to become R[=a] himself.  Thus in Chapter XLII. of the Book of the Dead [Footnote:  See The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day, p. 93.] the deceased says—­

  “My hair is the hair of Nu.

  “My face is the face of the Disk.

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