The Egyptian creation Myth
Egyptian Culture: Acacia tree of ‘Saosis’ is considered by Egyptians as the Tree of Life. As per the Ennead system (nine deities) of ancient Egyptian culture, Isis and Osiris are believed to be the first couple. They emerged from the Tree of Life i.e. the acacia of Saosis. Read more on ‘Creation Theories‘.
see Ennead: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ennead
FURTHER READING: http://www.aldokkan.com/religion/creation.htm
see also Djed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djed
- In Egyptian mythology, in the Ennead system of Heliopolis, the first couple, apart from Shu & Tefnut (moisture & dryness) and Geb & Nuit (earth & sky), are Isis & Osiris. They were said to have emerged from the acacia tree of Saosis, which the Egyptians considered the “tree of life”, referring to it as the “tree in which life and death are enclosed”. A much later myth relates how Set killed Osiris, putting him in a coffin, and throwing it into the Nile, the coffin becoming embedded in the base of a tamarisk tree.
- The Egyptians’ Holy Sycamore also stood on the threshold of life and death, connecting the two worlds.
Atum (alternatively spelled Tem, Temu, Tum, and Atem) is an important deity in Egyptian mythology, whose cult centred on the city of Heliopolis (Egyptian: Annu). His name is thought to be derived from the word ‘tem’ which means to complete or finish.
Anthes (1957) translates Atum as “he who is integral”, Bonnet as “he who is not yet complete”. Kees(1941) opts for “he who is not present yet” or “he who does not yet exist completely”, whereas Hornung(1986) chooses “he who is differentiated”, eliminating the important connotation of the alternation-point between a mere genetic potential (in precreation) and the beginning of its activity (or escape from latency). Atum completes everything in precreation, not in creation. Indeed, the whole creative process of Atum “hatching” out of his “egg” and initiating the “first occasion” (“zep tepi”) takes place in an interstitial “First Time”, the “Golden Age” of the gods and goddesses who, in the beginning of time and space itself, differentiate Atum in so many frequencies of natural differentials (natural laws and the accidents they describe).
Thus he has been interpreted as being the ‘complete one’ and also the finisher of the world, which he returns to watery chaos at the end of the creative cycle. As creator he was seen as the underlying substance of the world, the deities and all things being made of his flesh or alternatively being his ka.
In the Heliopolitan creation myth established in the sixth dynasty, he was considered to be the first god, having created himself, sitting on a mound (benben) (or identified with the mound itself), from the primordial waters (Nu). Early myths state that Atum created the god Shu and goddess Tefnutfrom spitting or from his semen by masturbation in Heliopolis.
Atum was a self-created deity, the first being to emerge from the darkness and endless watery abyss that girdled the world before creation. A product of the energy and matter contained in this chaos, he created divine and human beings through loneliness: alone in the universe, he produced from his own semen Shu, the god of air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture. The brother and sister, curious about the primeval waters that surrounded them went to explore the- and disappeared into the darkness. Unable to bear his loss, Atum sent a fiery messenger to find his children. The tears of joy he shed on their return were the first human beings.
He is generally represented in human form and as the source of the Pharaoh’s power he wears the double crown of Egypt- red for Lower Egypt, White for Upper Egypt and he also carries a tall cross, the symbol of eternal life.
Mound/Pyramid of Atum.
FUTHER READING: http://www.braden.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=17
The Acacia is a tree long intertwined with the metaphor and mystery of the human mind. In particular, the religious myths of the desert-dwelling peoples of Africa and the middle east.
In the old testament it is sometimes referred to as the shittum tree. It was used in the construction of the ark of the covenant and God’s tabernacle. When God first appeared to Moses in the desert, it was a burning acacia bush that carried the message. It is widely accepted that a crown of acacia thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head as he was crucified on a cross of acacia wood.
Frederick Dalcho explains that a sprig of Acacia was used by Hebrews to mark the graves of dear departed friends while explaining its use in Masonic funeral rites.
The bulk of the ancient Egyptian pantheon was said to have be born beneath the branches of the goddess Saosis’ Acacia tree north of Heliopolis. The thorns of the tree are said to represent the goddess Nieth and symbolize birth and death.
When Osiris was betrayed and murdered, his coffin was thrown into the river. It lodged in the rocks where an acacia tree grew around it, enveloping it completely. This tree was the key to Isis’ finding and restoring his body. Upon his resurrection, Osiris was given rulership of the underworld.
Some versions of the myth record the birth of the god Horus as “out of the branches of the acacia”, to represent the continued lineage of Osiris. In Egyptian politics, the sitting pharoh was considered to be a living representation of Horus, ruler of the land of the living, and the recently deceased was thought to be Osiris, ruler of the land of the dead.
In “The Hiram Key” Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas speculate on the nature of the Egyptian king making ceremony and submit that the rituals of freemasonry are a modern analogue of these ancient rites of passage.
In the Egyptian ritual, Knight and Lomas conjecture that the pharaoh-to-be would undergo an elaborate ritual in order to seal and ordain his right to rule. The ritual would involve members of an elect group of the high priesthood and would culminate in the administration of a powerful hallucinogenic drug. The drug would induce a catatonic state for a known period of time, set to wear off at the dawning of the bright star of the morning. While in this trance, the new pharaoh would travel to Orion’s belt and commune with the gods, who would pass on the necessary knowledge and power to assume his own God-ship on earth.
This claim is somewhat substantiated in the translation of utterance 294 from the east wall of the sarcophagus antechamber of the pyramid of Unas.
“436: To say the words : ‘Unas is a Horus who came out of the acacia (SnD) [House of the Acacia, linked with funerary ritual / mummification], who came out of the acacia, to whom it was ordered : “Beware of the lion!”. He comes out to whom it was ordered : “Beware of the lion !”. 437: Unas has come out of this Dnj.t-jar after he has passed the night in his Dnj.t-jar. Unas appears in the morning. He has come out of his Dnj.t-jar after he has passed the night in his Dnj.t-jar. Unas appears in the morning.”
What I find even more compelling is the addition of the knowledge that the acacia tree would have been a viable and ready source of the chemical Di-Methyl Tryptamine, or DMT.
DMT is a naturally occurring chemical in the human brain, in small quantities. There is much that is not known about where it comes from or why. Some suspect it is produced in the pineal gland and production stimulated through the attainment of certain meditative states. In 1988 Jace Callaway speculated that release of this chemical is responsible for the visual imagery of dreaming. When taken in large doses it is a powerful hallucinogen.
Persons who have taken DMT for recreational psychedelic experiences report a short lived, intense visual experience.
“1 minute – 2 – 5 minutes – depending on dosage: DMT hyperspace. For all practical purposes, you will no longer be embodied. You will be part of the intergalactic information network. You may experience any of the following:
- Sense of transcending time or space
- Strange plants or plantlike forms
- The universe of formless vibration
- Strange machines
- Alien music
- Alien languages, understandable or not
- Intelligent entities in a variety of forms (http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org)
Rick Straussman, author of “The Spirit Molecule”, a book exploring the biology of DMT, believes that pineal DMT release at 49 days after conception marks the entrance of the soul into the human fetus.
The pineal has mostly been implicated for its role in melatonin production, which is important in seasonal and age-related reproduction issues. Also, there are some mood, sleep, and body temperature effects. Some skin coloration ones in reptiles and amphibians. I have suggested it’s involved in DMT production, because the precursors and enzymes necessary for its formation are quite high in the pineal. However, there are no hard data to suggest this actually happens.
There are some interesting coincidental findings around the pineal and spiritual issues. Descartes believed that because it’s the only unpaired organ in the brain, and because we can only have one thought in our mind at one time, and since thought seems to be a function of the soul (our relationship to the divine), that the pineal was a valve for the transfer/conduction of divine and human communication.
The pineal is first seen in the embryo at 49 days, the same amount of time the Tibetan Buddhists believe the soul requires from death to its next rebirth. Also, the first sign of clearly differentiated male and female gonads in the human occurs are 49 days. Thus, there’s some interesting relationship among spirituality and gender/reproduction here.
Recent speculation has centered around the role of naturally occurring DMT being responsible for the mystic visions of saints and biblical prophets.
(from DMT, Moses, and the Quest for Transcendence by Cliff Pickover, Reality Carnival )The molecule DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a psychoactive chemical that causes intense visions and can induce its users to quickly enter a completely different “environment” that some have likened to an alien or parallel universe. The transition from our world to theirs occurs with no cessation of consciousness or quality of awareness. In this environment, beings often appear who interact with the person who is using DMT. The beings appear to inhabit this parallel realm. The DMT experience has the feel of reality in terms of detail and potential for exploration. The creatures encountered are often identified as being alienlike or elflike. Some of the creatures appear to be three-dimensional. Others appear to lack depth.
Author Terence McKenna has used DMT and feels that, “Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien… What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe.” The aliens seen while using DMT present themselves “with information that is not drawn from the personal history of the individual.”
Given what we know about the pharmacological prowess of the ancient Egyptian priesthood, I think it’s safe to assume they had knowledge of the effects of the chemicals derivable from Acacia. I also think it’s safe to say that they were familiar with ways to combine it with other hallucinogens in order to prolong and magnify the effects. Could a DMT trip be the means by which a new pharoh communicated with the Gods and received the secrets of kingship? Did the ancient Jews use the chemical in their own rites? Is naturally occurring DMT the key to mystical experience? At this time, we can only speculate.
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The concept of a tree of life as a many-branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on earth is related has been used in science, religion,philosophy, mythology, and other areas. A tree of life is variously;
- a motif in various world theologies, mythologies, and philosophies;
- a metaphor for the livelihood of the spirit.
- a mystical concept alluding to the interconnectedness of all life on our planet; and
- a metaphor for common descent in the evolutionary sense.
According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, the tree of knowledge, connecting heaven and the underworld, and the tree of life, connecting all forms of creation, are both forms of the world tree or cosmic tree. According to some scholars, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, portrayed in various religions and philosophies, are the same tree.