Aset/Isis in Nubia

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I just finished reading a new dissertation:  Ashby, Solange. “Calling Out to Isis: the Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae.” PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2016.

I found a few cultic references which I thought were interesting.

Some Nubian Altars to Her had:

  1. a  horned altar–cow horns as she is a cow headed goddess
  2. a palm branch–to symbolize life and renewal
  3. Aset Emblem–sundisk encircling  cow horns
  4. Pouring Libations–I’m assuming to the dead or to Wesir.
  5. Some altars had snake iconography
  6. Some altars had a three-petal flower emblem on  bowls
  7. Within  Nubia and at Philae, Aset was honored with Wesir, Heru-sa-Aset (with a Nubian  place name epithet), Anubis and Nebet Het.  She was also honored  alongside some Nubian deities.  (pages 195-202; 206-207; 243-244; and 256-258)

Nephthys Devotional Update

I wanted to let everyone  know that I’m  still working on  the Nephthys devotional, She Who Speaks Through Silence: A Devotional Anthology of Nebet Het (Nephthys).  I am waiting on some submissions and Tamara Siuda’s  The Ancient  Egyptian Daybook to be published since  I  wanted to include as many festivals to Her in the book as possible (with credit and citations, of course!).

So far the sections I have are:

Ancient Hymns and Prayers

Essays

Ritual and  Magic (I only have  three things here.)

My Poetry to Nebet Het (over 40 poems)

My Poetry to Aset and Nebet  Het (about 30 poems)

Modern Hymns, Prayers and Adorations

Fiction

And an  Epilogue of Epithet and Syncretization Lists

Also References and a Glossary

Contributor Biographies

 

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Izzy (Isidora) helping me  with my Nebet Het research!

Future Projects

So, with my book done,  I am looking at future projects!  I’m hoping to get all three of these books done in 2016.   I’m not sure if I will be able to do this, but I can give it my best shot  (Does anyone else have Pat Benatar’s song in their head now?).

Non-Fiction
IMAG0080Lady of the Sky: Ancient Hymns of the Goddess Aset from the Temple of Dendera
Needs:
Permissions  (I need a yes for this book to happen)
Introduction
Organization of the Hymns
Formatting and Cover Design

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One of Aset’s Shrines

Queen of the Road: Oracles/Poetry of the Goddess Aset
Needs:
Editing Introduction
Some Editing
Formatting and Cover Design

 

 

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by Jeff Dahl.  Creative Commons.

She Who Speaks Through Silence: A Devotional Anthology for Nebet Het (Nephthys)
Needs:
Introduction
Some Editing; More Submissions
Formatting and Cover Design

Submission Guidelines:  Nebet Het Submission Guidelines

Books and Where to Find Them

As many recons will tell you, academic books are important to our research about the Gods/Goddesses we honor and how to worship them today. There are a few ways to get ahold of these wonderful books and articles.

Purchasing Them

You can purchase them from publishers’ websites such as Peeters Publishers or IFAO or Brill.com.

Amazon.com: You can find great deals on used books or even lower prices on new books here.

Eisenbrauns has period sales on academic books especially from the Near East including ancient Egypt, Assyria, Palestine, as well as Judaic and Biblical sources. They have an email list you can sign up for to be alerted to their periodic sales.

Book Depository has good prices on used books and they have free shipping worldwide. This is especially useful to people in Australia or other places where the cost of shipping makes it difficult to buy things from overseas.

AddALL.com is a great place to bargain shop. They put the prices of books in a list from various sellers such as Amazon, Half-Price books and other places. They also have a place to buy used or out of print books: Used AddALL.

Powells is another place to buy used books.

Other Options

Academia.edu is a great site to find articles posted by academics on various subjects. You have to sign in through Facebook or Google or affiliated with a university to have access.

Jstor has a free option where you can add up to three articles in a certain amount of days, before you can add three more articles to your queue. Some of the articles you have to purchase to read. Some cost $10.00 usd and others are more.

Free Options

Your Local Libraries. Ask your local library if they have the book or can obtain it through Inter-Library Loan.

Borrow from a friend.

So, where do you get your academic books? And what books do you have that are your favorites?

I’d love to hear from you! Keep researching and reading!