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Legends of Amun Ra is a bold new science fiction/fantasy series of the year. A unique blend of history, mythology, fantasy, and science fiction wrapped in a heart-pounding adventure mystery, you will uncover the magic spells, mythology, and wonders of the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses.

You will cross boundaries that will lead you into another dimension. A dimension of magic, rooted in genuine the mythology of ancient Egyptian religion. Legends of Amun Ra explores the transformative processes of the soul, and is truly unlike anything you have ever read.

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It’s time to discover the magic, mythology, and wonder of Legends of Amun Ra. Visit us today at www.legendsofamunra.com to begin your journey to a dimension defined by the powers of the gods and goddesses.

All Fantasy World’s said: “The battle scenes were perfect, just like in “The Emerald Tablet”. Vivid images, a lot of action, and a determined Thea who is not very sure of what she is doing, but she knows she wants to save Messenia.”

Tome Tender reviews said: “The attention to detail throughout the story creates a living and breathing world laced with the author’s knowledge of ancient Greek history and its gods.”Student Spyglass blog called The Emerald Tablet: “A middle ground between Harry Potter deathly and Game of Thrones

Isis, daughter of Nut and Geb, was one of the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses to make up the Great Ennead of Heliopolis.[1] She fell in love with her brother, Osiris, and wed him. Although she was a symbol of femininity, fertility, and motherhood, teaching women how to grind corn, flax, weave, and cure disease, she was not a subservient goddess. In fact Isis was infamous for her skills of magic and sorcery. She used her abilities to trick the sun god, Ra, into giving her his full name. In ancient Egyptian religion, knowing the true name of a god was to capture his or her power, and, in obtaining Ra’s secret name, Isis increased her powers in wizardry. [2]

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Most people would be surprised to discover that ancient Egyptian religion is strikingly similar to Judeo-Christian values. Despite this, during Roman times when Christianity was becoming the dominant religion, polytheistic societies such as Greece and ancient Egypt were labeled “pagans” so that the Judeo-Christian sect could distinguish themselves as a civilized religion as compared to the “barbaric” polytheism that was predominant in most of the ancient world.maat5

In ancient Egyptian religion, people relied on a pantheon of Egyptian gods and goddesses. One goddess, Ma’at, was not just a divinity but a concept. Ma’at itself means “truth”.[1] And not only did the goddess embody her namesake in her duties, she set the standard for all citizens to behave. Many people believe that civilized life was not possible before the Ten Commandments—as if a world without our modern religion was anarchy. However, the concept of ma’at in ancient Egypt proves that notion wrong. Every Egyptian wanted to aspire to a life of “truth”. They wanted to live a “good life” so that at the end of their mortality, they could stand before their gods and goddesses, in particular Ma’at, and complete the weighing of the heart ceremony to determine their role in the afterlife.

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One of the lesser known Egyptian gods and goddesses, the daughter of Ra, Bastet (sometimes also called Bast) was the cat-goddess of the Lower Egyptian city, Bubastis. As an heiress to the sun god, she was the opposite of her twin, Sekhmet, and thus, personified the beneficial aspects of the sun. [1]

Typically Bastet was drawn with the face of a cat (as opposed to her twin, Sekhmet, who had the face of a Bastetlion). Often enough, as the patron goddess of pleasure and joy, she was associated with music and dancing, and was depicted with a sistrum in her hands. [2] As a result of her fondness for frivolity, her festivals (which were held in April and May according to the Stele of Canopus) were known even in Greece for their entertainment. Herodotus points out that her festivals were among the most favored of the Egyptian gods and goddesses and that thousands of people came to Bubastis each year to “get their party on”. (That last part was me).

Yet, she was not all fun and games. As the daughter of Ra (and though she was the non-violent twin sister), she was a fierce defender of her father, fighting with the snake, Apep, who tried to stop Ra’s journey through the Underworld.

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After talking with readers, it occurred to me that not a lot of people know about the Egyptian gods and goddesses and the fascinating mythologies on which the Legends of Amun Ra series is based. So I decided to write a few blogs featuring certain gods and goddesses.

A fan recently wrote in asking how much we know about the Egyptian god, Upuaut—we’ll start with him.

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As we discussed before, the biggest issue with Egyptian mythology is that the Egyptian gods and goddesses’ names constantly change throughout the history of ancient Egypt (Djehuty is another name for Thoth). Further complicating matters, their powers morph into different manifestations depending on what historical period you are examining (Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, Late Kingdom), and certain gods and goddesses that were once two separate deities become melded into one (i.e. Amun and Ra are separate deities but can become Amun-Ra).

Upuaut is more commonly referred to as Wepwawet. Wepwawet is often confused with Anubis because: (1) both gods have canine animal spirits (Anubis is the jackal; Wepwawet the wolf); and (2) through time, Wepwawet’s responsibilities in the funeral rites became blurred with those of Anubis. Despite this, they are clearly distinct gods.

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Wepwawet originated in Upper Egypt (which is actually the southern part of Egypt on a map). The name Wepwawet refers to his job duties, “The Opener of Ways”. Wepwawet’s job is similar to the role of Charon in Greek mythology. Wepwawet literally “opens” the gateway to the Egyptian underworld for the deceased to enter. These duties are mentioned in ancient Egyptian writings, including the famous Book of the Dead and the book That Which Is in the Underworld. Furthermore, in line with the idea of Wepwawet opening a “path,” his job was also to act as a scout for the ancient Egyptian armies.

Like most Egyptian gods and goddesses, Wepwawet is depicted as half-man, half-animal—his animal form is that of a wolf. As featured in the Legends of Amun Ra series, Greek and Egyptian mythologies intertwine. Wepwawet was so revered by the ancient Greeks that they named a town after him, Lycopolis.

Legends of Amun Ra is a seven book fantasy series based in the Egyptian mythology of alchemy, which involved the god of wisdom and magic, Thoth. The ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses are woven into the story to create the fantasy world. If you’re interested in Egyptian gods and goddesses and their mythologies yet want a compelling story full of fantasy, adventure, and romance, please check out the series, which starts with The Emerald Tablet.

Sources: The Gods of the Egyptians, Volumes I and II by E.A. Wallis Budge, 1969, Dover Publications.