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« Reply #5: February 11, 2010, 01:48:17 am »

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

I'm confused.  How would the ancient Egyptian word for sky correlate with a "shamanic" understanding of the upper realm, and ta for the "middle world"?  Isn't this just transplanting Egyptian words for concepts that don't really correlate?  I have never heard of anyone in ancient Egypt taking a "shamanic" journey to the sky except for late priests of Amun viewing the sky from a staircase during initiation ritual.  Even then I'm not sure that this would qualify as a "shamanic journey."

Also the earth is not just a realm for the living because it is understood that the deceased ancestors would not only inhabit but affect the living.
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