We are quickly approaching the Mysteries of Wesir, according to the Kemetic Orthodox calendar. The air is full of frost, the ground is cold and all around me, the trees are bare. The Lord of the Greenery will join them soon.
This holiday is bittersweet. The King of the Gods gives His life to be the King of the Dead, so that the children of the Gods who have stepped into the Duat may be protected. But to do this, He must die. He must pass through the same Mystery we all must pass through. And so His brother will take Him and kill Him.
I have to imagine that even Wesir did not know what to expect of death. Death is foreign to the Gods. It is transformative, without any hint of what will come out on the other side. That alone would be enough to terrify.
What does it mean, then, to have a God Who has died? It’s different than in Christianity, where Jesus died and then rose again. Wesir died, and established Himself as the King of the dead, rather than a resurrected God.
I will be thinking about this quite a lot, as Wesir’s festival approaches. Each year I feel a stronger pull to honor Him this time of year, so I’m very glad that
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Good reflections. I think having a King of the Dead reaffirms that the Dead live on, in a place of rules and order, not intended to be alone or drifting bereft in either the afterlife or in our memory. And having a King demands that we keep respect too.
My own second thought is that, not having a god who resurrects might mean that our life here is not simply about us going there. We *will* die, but that is a separate life so to speak. Here is what matters right now, how we live here and now, in this first moment.
Speedy reply! I agree – I think it really says something about this life being important. And in some ways, it reminds us that the next life is still there for us – not something to fear, but safeguarded and established. 🙂
Just thought you might like to read this post by Nehet on Wesir as a living netjer. http://www.ecauldron.com/forum/showthread.php?1757-The-Living-God-Ausir
Huh, an interesting perspective. I wouldn’t disagree that in antiquity it probably didn’t do to acknowledge Wesir’s death most of the time. I think for myself that coming to acknowledge His death in particular is important to where I am emotionally and spiritually, but that reinforcing His effectiveness as a God is definitely important heka too. Awesome points to ponder.