Monday, January 28

Kane Chronicles & Egyptian Mythology

*Shout out to my 15yo son for creating all of the Modern Mythology units!!*

Egyptian Creation
At first, there was only Nun. Nun was the dark waters of chaos. One day, a hill rose up out of the waters. This hill was called Ben-Ben. On this hill stood Atum, the first god. Atum coughed and spat out Shu, the god of the air, and Tefnut, the goddess of moisture. Shu and Tefnut had two children. First, there was Geb, the god of the earth. 

Then, there was Nut, the goddess of the sky. Shu lifted Nut up so that she became a canopy over Geb. Nut and Geb had four children named Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. Osiris was the king of the earth and Isis was the queen. Osiris was a good king, and he ruled over the earth for many years. However, everything was not well. Seth was jealous of Osiris because he wanted to be the ruler of the earth. He grew angrier and angrier until one day he killed Osiris. Osiris went down into the underworld and Seth remained on earth and became king. Osiris and Isis had one son called Horus. Horus battled against Seth and regained the throne.  After that, Horus was the king of the earth and Osiris was the king of the underworld.

The Goddess Isis
When her husband Osiris was killed and dismembered, Isis was seen as a dedicated wife by searching high and low for his remains. It was Isis who supposedly taught the people of Egypt about the institution of marriage. As the mother of Horus, the protector god of kings, Isis represented the ultimate mom.

Isis was the patron goddess of magic and healing and was one of the most powerful deities of ancient Egypt. She was said to know everything on heaven and earth except for one thing: the secret magic name of Ra, the god of the sun and king of all the other gods. So Isis hatched a plan to learn it. She made a snake out of dirt and some of Ra's sweat and laid it down on the ground where he be sure to walk by it.

When he stepped on the serpent, it bit him. Isis rushed to Ra's side when he called out for help. She told him that she could heal the poisonous bite with a magical spell, but would need to know Ra's ren (true mane or secret name) in order to properly do the incantation. After learning his name, Isis did indeed heal Ra, and was all the more powerful in the end!

Read
  • Kane Chronicles
    • Book 1 Description : Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Make / Do

Define / Identify
  • Aken
  • Amenhotep
  • Anubis
  • Aten
  • Bastet
  • Bes
  • Horus
  • Isis
  • Osiris
  • Ra
  • Set
  • Sobek
  • Tefnut
  • Thoth
  • Pharaoh
  • Pschent
  • Apophis/Apep
  • Book of the Dead
  • Hieroglyphs
  • Obelisk

Think
  • There are many theories.  Why do you think the Egyptians built pyramids?  How do you think the pyramids were built?

4 comments:

  1. I love Egyptian mythology and history!

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    1. Stick around....he's got six more modern mythology studies coming....this is language arts for a few weeks. :)

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  2. The Kane Chronicles sound interesting; I think my Brailey would love those books.

    Thanks for linking up at Drop Everything and Read!

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    1. Wonderful! The Rick Riordan books do a great job of bringing the subject to life.

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