Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Opening of the Mouth Ritual


Life after death was a vital part of the Ancient Egyptian culture, religion, virtue, morals, and magick. There was a magick ritual called the opening of the mouth ritual. However, this aspect of death for the ritual came later for the ritual. The ritual was performed for a statue originally, but was later utilized for the mummy. My great buddy, Sam, was would love this because he own Shabti statues and this process could be used for Shabti. The process included the eyes, ears, and mouth could being opened. The spirit needed to have working functions of seeing, breathing, eating, hearing, and etc in order to perform the aim of its duty. This was also applied to the mummy so they could use their senses in the afterlife and in the physical when they wanted to visit the physical. This was a very important practice in the Old Kingdom of Egypt to the Roman Period.

The ritual had various pictures of the ritual instructions listed in pictures.
·         Episodes 1–9 Preliminary rites
·         Episodes 10–22 Animation of the statue
·         Episodes 23–42 Meat offerings aligned with upper Egypt
·         Episodes 43–46 Meat offerings aligned with lower Egypt
·         Episodes 47–71 Funerary meal
·         Episodes 72–75 Closing rites

The Ani Papyrus, The Book of the Dead has self-made spell/prayer the dead could use themselves to preserve their spirit.
My mouth is opened by Ptah,
My mouth's bonds are loosed by my city-god.
Thoth has come fully equipped with spells,
He looses the bonds of Seth from my mouth.
Atum has given me my hands,
They are placed as guardians.
My mouth is given to me,
My mouth is opened by Ptah,
With that chisel of metal
With which he opened the mouth of the gods.
I am Sekhmet-Wadjet who dwells in the west of heaven,
I am Sahyt among the souls of On.

Amazingly enough, we can find the opening of the mouth ritual in connection with Pslams 51 in The Holy Bible.
1.    Mentions of ritual washing with special herbs (Psalm 51:2,7).
2.    Restoration of broken bones (verse 8).
3.    "O Lord, open thou my lips" (verse 15).
4.    Sacrifices (verses 16, 17, and 19).


References:

http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/glossary.aspx?id=282




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