In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Glossary: Duat

The Egyptian name for the Underworld, which is the ever-present spiritual aspect of the physical world. It is the invisible “flesh” that exists beneath the visible “skin” of our universe. Every material thing that exists has a spiritual counterpart in Duat, and these counterparts are the Gods, the ghosts of our ancestors, and the souls of the living. According to Maria Betro in her book, Hieroglyphics: The Writings of Ancient Egypt (Abbeville Press, 1996), the word Duat itself means “Place Where the Sun is Born” and is written in hieroglyphics as a five-pointed star in a circle. For this reason, we in LV-426 regard the pentagram as a symbol for passage through and from the Underworld. All living creatures astrally travel in Duat when they dream, and this can be consciously done through certain meditative techniques as well. We believe Duat contains many different spiritual domains, including both the Christian heaven and the realm that we call Setheus.

The Egyptian hieroglyphic for Duat

Further reading: After The Flesh, The Underworld


2 responses to “Glossary: Duat

  1. Edward P. Butler December 26, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Since the verb dwA also means “to worship”, I think that we can see the meanings that have to do with the sunrise as referring to the “horizon” of manifestation (Akhet) of whomever or whatever is invoked, and bring together all the different senses of the word.

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    • G. B. Marian December 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      That’s a very solid point. Reverence, manifestation, the place to which the Sun goes and from whence it returns; there does seem to be a common theme running through each of these concepts.


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