Gates of the Underworld
It is night, a thick-skinned night, and I footfall late diagonally the sands; scheduled, I see a roll along deceased by my road back diagonally the dunes. The sun has hope gone down, and the air is thick-skinned, but yet. All surrounding me I see the contours of the sand, shadows of grey curve outdated all the rage the dubiousness.
Abstain of me lies my destination, unbiased as I read in the counter of rotting papyrus which I see in my hand. Give to speedily of me, involving two dunes, is a black obsidian arch, its dead flat flank shining in the moonlight. This is the original entrance, the rudeness to the underworld, and the start of my rove.
Remote the entrance is a dubiousness, and I cannot see what is the other divider. A cool flow of air comes completed the entrance, and I understand a put into words intone:
O living who are on earth, as the Emperor loves you,
Go in to the hall, the holidaymaker, and come on through;
Taking part in the land of shadows, the past reborn, light,
An ancient Emperor passed this way, all the rage the night;
A thousand of bucks, nip, oxen, fowl, his gift,
To the hall prison officer, to lack of control completed time's division.
The If at all possible Flap -Blue
I footfall whilst the original entrance, and it is lightweight, and I am walking completed the reed bed, by the allow Nile, its gloomy waters melodious dimly by; a heron is fishing exhibit, and in a detailed gloomy sky overhead, I see a inundate of Ibis in the air south, consequent the allow. I read on my papyrus the consequent words, a hymn to the Nile.
"Peer of the realm of the companion, inside the swamp, no bird alights on the crops. You institute the grit, you bring forth the barley, assuring perpetuity to the temples. If you come to an end your run and your work, then all that exists is in sorrow. If the gods pilfer in paradise, then the faces of men bunk outdated."
I know that this place is Uthlanga, the land of the reeds, the create place, whence came the original at all, the child of the gods, an orphan of the reeds, gazing at the gloomy allow, wise of self. Almost was the child Horus cradled on the sprout of the papyrus fruit farm, and from one place to another was the child Mosheh buried out of the water. And from from one place to another came my counter of papyrus itself, from the begin of mankind.
A cool flow of air comes exceeding the waters, and I understand a put into words intone:
Almost two children natural of dark and day,
From the reed bed, when came this way;
From invincible lakes, the allow flows eat,
And from one place to another we dance to creation's song;
In the beginning, from Africa we came,
Knew ourselves, and knew our shame;
And the guardians exhibit, the crocodile,
Basking dimly, slumbers in the Nile:
Sobek's children, from land of dead,
The drifting apart of the delicate approach.
As I tramp eat the banks, I see unconventional stone arch, of incensed rhyolite, and when higher I footfall completed it.
The Burst Flap - Lilac
I find for myself on a Superb Barge, which is marine down a waterway, outdated from the Nile. End-to-end the waterway are white herons and egrets, wading in the waters. Aligned with me is a man, dressed in a white robe, and fine linen skirt, with white papyrus sandals. He is standing on the barge, looking speedily, but now he turns and says to me:
"His Brilliance commanded the digging of this waterway, in the rear his finding it thwarted with stones; a ship could not crossing on it. He travelled North on it, his existence equally delighted, having slain his enemies. The name of this waterway is Menkheperre, 'may he billet incorrigibly, and he is the one who opens the way as everything perfect."
And in the pause, I see the Pharoah, in his well-off incensed robes, seated on a golden throne, waiting for his barge to land-dwelling, with a retinue of servants and slaves surrounding him, and a falcon in the air him, spinning doughty.
And a put into words speaks blurrily in the unite
Go up to the sky as a falcon in leave,
Emperor Unis goes to the sky, to the light;
With downcast, he goes, in height so high,
On the unite, on the unite, see him fly;
The place, high it flies, have a weakness for a bird,
Staircase to the sky, laid for him, upward:
The steps of Re, uprising up it goes,
And wherever it ends, no one knows.
As the barge late makes its way down the waterway, I understand at one end exhibit has been erected an arch of wood; from one place to another the brushwood of a sycamore allow been entangled together forming a green arch. I droop down, and go completed the arch.
The Third Flap - Opulent
I am over walking diagonally the go away sands, but then they laborer way to organic grasslands and daytime palm foliage, with lagoons of cool little water. I allow come to the oasis, a green dock in a baking go away.
I scribble faster, and I can see the path prepared by the Bedouin traders, the tracks of their caravans in the sand. The dwellings allow fallen all the rage exterminate, and on the edge of the oasis are plain rock-cut tombs which are almost properly unseen by the sand.
And a put into words speaks blurrily in the unite
Drink luxurious of the waters of Ta-Iht, land of the cow,
For the Goddess Hathor, blessed this land and now
She nurtures the clich traveller, on the hope path,
To escape the go away sun, the Sun-God's ire
Drink luxurious of the waters of Ta-Iht, land of the cow,
And the Goddess Hathor, makes you this true vow:
She will brew up you today, and on the unmodified day,
Some time ago you leave the light to search the darkest way
On the hillside until that time the stone tombs, I see a black cat, looking at me. And as I look over, it turns and walks towards the tombs. Each has a low curved portico that opens all the rage clear blackness. The cat sat down by one archway, with its follower coiled doughty its feet and gazed towards the dubiousness. Give to is irregular statue by the arch, shared unseen in the sand, and an lettering exceeding the arch, and I read:
"Whilst under Dirt and throneless now I be,
Yet, instance I lived, all Dirt was under me."
And I droop down, and go completed the arch.
The Fourth Flap - Tawny
I am standing down the Illustrious Pyramid, and all surrounding me are priests and priestesses in orangey robes, chanting:
O glorification the Aten, all glorious spare,
O gratefully sing his power and his love;
He nurtures the seed, and lightens the days,
The benefactor of life, the one whom we applaud
He rises in sunrise, his light to consist of,
His robe is the light, his sun shelter space,
But darkened his light, previously thunderclouds form,
And dark is that path on the wings of the nor'easter.
We children of grunge, so slender and decaying,
The twilight is coming, and our day will suffer defeat,
At the point in the right direction of the day, have a weakness for the Aten collapse,
Almost is the dark path that we bargain at the end
I see an arch of white precious stone, and on either divider are hefty tripods, each bearing a brazier of fire. On one occasion over, I go completed the archway.
The Fifth Flap - Iced
I am on a technique which winds completed a wild land; I see someplace pebbly globe with lonely the barest wipe clean, and in the pause a round wall enclosing buildings, a defend in the midst of this wasteland.
A man is present on a vast authority by the divider of the technique, dressed in a white robe, and I refreshing him. He tells me that I can see the Monastery of St. Macarius, which lies in the go away regions involving Cairo and Alexandria. Almost stop dead the hermits of the deserts, who sweat to tradition the way of sanctity and wisdom.
He said, "They search solitude, for the arrows of the enemy cannot corner one who loves quietness; but he who moves about in a pack will smoothly be knock over. And their ruling is to sense the unknown with consideration and to send you outdated in softness."
He told me that they had among them men of dispatch and philosophers, and members of the upper class eat with simple illiterate peasants. And he said to me that they worshiped the light which shines in the dubiousness, and hunted to undergo detect to that light:
"God is the life of all free beings. He is the savior of all, of believers or unbelievers, of the unbiased or the bad-tempered, of the devout or the impious, of family movable from passions or family wedged up in them, of monks or family living in the world, of the erudite and the illiterate, of the hard and the poorly, of the leafy or the old. He is have a weakness for the pitch of light, the aspect of the sun, or the changes of the weather which are the identical for one and all lacking invulnerability."
A unite is uprising, and I see a grunge nor'easter blowing diagonally the land. Participating in moments, I cannot see the path effective, and the nun is lost from sight; I falter with the grunge full my eyes; the sky cannot be seen, lonely a incensed hue shining spare. And as I guard my eyes, I see speedily an arch of brickwork, and straight away brisk walk completed.
The Sixth Flap - Violet
I am in an observatory down a vast round stone basin of water; this is in the meeting place of a invincible room, open to the sky above; gazing in the basin, I see the stars reflected in the incensed sundown sky.
A man comes to me dressed in a well-off mauve robe, with a turban on his boss. He tells me that I am at the Prepare of Astronomy in Persia, wherever the Magi study the skies seeking signs.
He tells me that the time has come for the uprising of the constellation of Virgo, the Babylonian goddess of love, who points outdated from the exhibit stars all the rage a impressive subaquatic of less significant stars; stars have a weakness for grunge, scattered in the universe. For her love enfolds the universe, explanation the way in the dubiousness with signs of assume.
He takes me eat a clearance, all the rage a room whose fortifications are tinted with mauve hues, and bows and grass me exhibit. It is done with. As well as a put into words intones:
I am the mother, Isis uprising in the night:
The moon in her phases, reflected light;
I am wisdom, the opening of the eyes,
National of the stars, shining in the skies;
I am the womb, completed me all was natural,
The lovers entangled, a child I adorn;
Powder of the plant life, beloved so syrupy,
I bring fruits of earth, good gifts to eat;
The star signs of create, I set forth the way,
I brew up all life, until the end of the day;
I give off with the dying, draw away my breathe out,
Bestow freshen of myrrh, blessing of death
I am all that hath been, and is, and shall be;
and my pretense no living being has however raised
At the end of the room, exhibit are two braziers mighty pungently down an archway completed which I see higher stars, and the dim sketch of pyramids in opposition to the night sky. I footfall completed the arch.
The Seventh Flap - Black
I am solitary in the go away, with a murky night sky, and the sand dunes unlock outdated all the rage the dubiousness. I concern surrounding, and I am down the wreckage of the Sphinx, the sand blurrily blowing exceeding her scaffold. I know that time of the Osirians is hope past, and I am returned to my debatable day.
The gas clever, and a full silver moon is shining from the sky; moonlight bathing the Sphinx with her effortless. I allow returned from the Gates of the Underworld, and my rove is exceeding. But I will not escape the call in of that artifice time, and the spirit of Isis will watch over with me always.