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« Reply #2: April 03, 2007, 12:18:28 pm »

What moral guidelines does the extant AE literature contain, and is it still applicable in today's world? (I'm thinking particularly of the Negative Confessions, but there may be more.) How did the AE people view morality? Was it absolute or situational? How much moral structure should a Reformed Kemetic Religion have?

In addition to the Negative Confessions and similar texts, a major source of moral guidelines is the Wisdom Literature.

Ptahhotep's Maxims:  http://www.humanistictexts.org/ptahhotep.htm
Amenope:  http://www.humanistictexts.org/amenope.htm

Tour Egypt's Wisdom Literature page/list:  http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/wisdom.htm

I do not think that a black and white view of morality is compatible with the workings of ma'at; proper running of the community requires some level of flexibility.  At the same time, the ancients had a very clear view of the world, of right and wrong, and expressed it in a great deal of their surviving literature.  (There is some evidence that some of the wisdom texts were standard copying assignments for scribal students, and thus basically the literacy primer for the educated classes.)
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