How the Greeks fucked up the netjeru – sort of

When anyone begins serious, recon-based research into the kemetic gods paradigm busting is often preceded by “The greeks interpenetrated this deity as…” and the phrase normally ends with a neo-wiccan stereotype. If you’re aiming for straight Kemetic Polytheism, this is a misconception that needs to be changed in order to properly respect the deities.

But what about those of us who worship the Theoi and Netjeru in conjunction? Do we ignore how these greek misinterpretations shaped the religion? Personally, I believe we cannot.

First, we must speak of Isis. Known as Aset in her pure kemetic sense, she was a major agricultural goddess. However in the Hellenistic era she managed to gain associations with nearly every Thea out there, and her cult and image changed. She was now a all-in-one goddess, she was everyone at the same time. This is very similar to the neo-wiccan view of their Goddess.

Isis and Aset, while in theory the same, are two seperate goddesses. Most kemetic deities received similar treatments to various degrees. Lunar associations cropped us everywhere.

So what’s a hellenic-kemetic polytheist to do? Ignore the greek twist? Ignore the pure kemetic aspect? Are they two different deities, or is the greek aspect merely that, an aspect?

Sadly, I have no answer. I treat it somewhere between an epithet and an aspect. How you deal with this is totally dependent on your beliefs. But no matter what you think, you cannot treat this concept carelessly.


One thought on “How the Greeks fucked up the netjeru – sort of

  1. This post really speaks to me. As someone who tries to “keep one foot in Kemet and the other in Deshret” (metaphorically speaking, at least), I appreciate the last paragraph especially. I care much less about how people try to answer theological questions like this one than I do about whether they do so carelessly.


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