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Sa Hu-Sia-Heka
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« Reply #4: February 08, 2010, 06:46:19 pm »

The question posed to me was :

I have an Egyptian terminology question for you...are there terms that would cognate for the Middle World, Upper world and Lower World in Egyptian practice? I know Duat is often used, and most often for the underworld/land of the dead. Are there other specific words for the three basic zones?

Thank you to everyone for the thoughts.  I wanted to post what I finally replied to the person asking :

pt for sky (upper world) - realm of the akhu and the netjeru
ta for earth (middle world) - realm of the living
duat for netherworld (lower world) - realm of the dead

In these terms you have an interesting concept in the form of the name of the netjer Ptah...where we see the creator god and divine craftsmen of sky and earth and humankind, making the divine into form on/as the Earth in the combination of pt and ta, sky and earth.

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Another word that could perhaps be employed instead of duat, since that really has such broader implications, is imHt (pronounced eem-het or ee-meh-het), which is a word that means netherworld or tomb and could perhaps be used for the lower world due to its tomb/dead connotation.

So, I suppose you could have :

pt for sky (upper world) - realm of the akhu and the netjeru
ta for earth (middle world) - realm of the living
imHt for netherworld (lower world) - realm of the dead
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