The Physical Form

To the Ancient Kamau, their soul - their being - was made up of many different p arts.

Not only was there the physical form, but there were eight immortal or sem i-divine parts that survived death, with the body making 9 parts of a human. KHAT GOT 9 LIVES?? -- -Khat (Kha) - The physical form, the body that could decay after death, the m ortal, outward part of the human that could only be preserved by mummification. - · Ka - The double that lingered on in the tomb inhabiting the body or even statu es of the deceased, but was also independent of man and could move, eat and drin k at will. (There was both a higher guardian angel like Ka and a lower Ka that c ame from knowledge learned on earth.) - Ba - The human headed bird flitted around in the tomb during the day bringing air and food to the deceased, but travelled with Ra on the Solar Barque during t he evenings. - Khaibit - The shadow of a man. It could partake of funerary offerings and was able to detach itself from the body and travel at will, though it was always tho ught to stay near the Ba. - Akhu - This was the immortal part, the radiant and shining being that lived on in the Sahu, the intellect, will and intentions of the deceased that transfigur ed death and ascended to the heavens to live with the gods or the imperishable s tars. - Sahu - The incorruptible spiritual body of man that could dwell in the heavens , appearing from the physical body after the judgement of the dead was passed (i f successful) with all of the mental and spiritual abilities of a living body. - Sekhem - This was the incorporeal personification of the life force of man, wh ich lived in heaven with the Akhu, after death. - Ab (Ib) - The heart, this was the source of good and evil within a person, the moral awareness and centre of thought that could leave the body at will, and li ve with the gods after death, or be eaten by Ammut as the final death if it fail ed to weigh equally against Ma'at. - Ren - The true name, a vital part to man on his journey through life and the a fterlife, a magical part that could destroy a man if his name was obliterated or could give power of the man if someone knew his Ren - naming ceremonies in Egyp t were secret, and a child lived his whole life with a nickname to avoid anyone from learning his true name!

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