Kom Ombo

Wanted:  Pharaoh to continue Egyptian 30th Dynasty, as Nectanebo III

Qualifications:  the courage to step up.  Must be male and heterosexual.  Also, this is not about hating anyone, but, tragically, because of what is said in Exodus chapter 12, the pharaoh hardly can be a religious or ethnic Jew.

Salary:  none.  Expenses:  none.

Q & A:

Do I have to become a mummy?

No.  Bodies buried in dry sand became natural mummies.  The pile of rocks over the body to prevent scavenging, became the pyramid.

Do I have to marry my sister?

No.  Maybe they were acting upon a tragically incomplete memory of Atlantean genetic knowledge, trying to produce inbred human lines as a first step toward an “outcrossed” hybrid superpharaoh like hybrid corn; that’s speculation and in any case I don’t recommend it.  Maybe some royal brother-sister marriages were mere legal fictions to get around Egyptian matriarchal inheritance laws.  Often it was to a half-sister who was raised more or less separately; her paternity might often have been a legal fiction (“adoption”) intended to give her higher rank.  It didn’t always happen.  As far as I know, no 30th Dynasty pharaoh was from mating between closely related people.

Nobody’s perfect.  The 30th Dynasty was 500 or 1000 years later than those well known supposedly consanguineous royal marriages you’ve most likely read about.  What were your ancestors doing 500 years ago?  Burning heretics and witches at the stake?  (Salem was mild, compared to what was happening in Europe.)  Cannibalism?  Human sacrifice?  Egypt was remarkably free of many of these things, from exceptionally early on.  Most likely the worst offender was not Egypt, but rather those societies about which we know the least.  We know that Egyptians already thousands of years ago were substituting small statues for human sacrifices, in graves.

What’s the legal basis of this?

We’re not for breaking anyone’s laws or rebelling against anyone’s sovereignty.  Of course, if WWIII breaks out and somebody’s sovereignty crumples on its own, we’d like to be there to fill the vacuum.  But meanwhile it’s just a religious thing, freedom of religion.  New Egypt is realworld, physical, but religious, not politically sovereign at present.  The pharaoh was the religious leader of Egypt, like its pope.  The overthrow of the 30th Dynasty by the Persians was by war; it was a reconquest after the Egyptians had thrown off the Persian yoke once, so, it certainly wasn’t legal.  The true legal heir is out there somewhere.  Egyptians spread all through the Roman Empire.  The Roman Empire included Britain, and the British spread all through the world.  So almost anyone could be the lawful heir.  But proving that from DNA, after 2300+ years, is impossible.  So from among the descendants of Nectanebo II (which may well include all of us) one has to be chosen.  If only one volunteers, he’s obviously the choice.  If more than one volunteers, then the provisional high priest of Amun-Re will have to choose.  Many other offices need to be filled also.

Who is the provisional high priest of Amun-Re and what are his qualifications?

I’m it.  Joseph C. Keller, M. D.  My main qualification is that I was intrepid enough to think of this and step up.  I am a cum laude graduate (Mathematics) of Harvard College, A. B. 1977.  Also, I have been a priest of Zeus since November 20 of the second year of the 694th Olympiad.  I was consecrated spiritually on that day by Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus.  I also have served as a priest of Portunus under my Roman name, Appius Claudius Priscus.  I plan to retire as high priest of Amun-Re, and return to being a full-time priest of Zeus, as soon as a permanent high priest of Amun-Re is decided upon.

Contact information:

Joseph C. Keller, M. D.

Provisional High Priest of Amun-Re

POB 9122

Ames, IA   50014   USA


More Q & A:

Why can’t the pharaoh be homosexual or perform “gay marriage”?

Let’s face it, Egypt was like every other human society.  They had some homos, but heteros predominated.  Authenticity precludes making New Egypt into some kind of queer-centric alternate universe.  One can argue that there are some homosexual themes in Egyptian and Hellenic mythology, but as Emperor Julian remarked, myths are only things men say about the Gods.  The polytheistic religions do not claim that their traditions are “the word of God” or “an instruction manual to God”.  Plato rejected the myth of the bisexuality of Zeus, as foreign propaganda intended to subvert Hellenic religion.  Plato also thought homosexuality should be outlawed.  Parts of the New Kingdom “Book of the Dead” indicate that homosexuality was seen as a negative by most Egyptians.  Sigmund Freud thought that the Laws of Moses were based on Egyptian laws.  If so, then in view of the proscription of homosexuality in Leviticus (20:13), it seems unlikely that Egyptian priests were openly homosexual or performed homosexual marriage rites.

What race were the ancient Egyptians?

Many races were involved in ancient Egypt.  However, they didn’t seem to be able to get along with Jews.  Not only is there the Exodus story – which includes the extermination of the firstborn of Egpyt, even the firstborn animals, by the Jews’ God, and later in the very same chapter, the unbelievable claim that after this, the Egyptian people voluntarily heaped treasure on the Jews because they thought the Jews were so wonderful.  Jews returned with the Persians; one of the first steps toward throwing off the Persian yoke, was the successful rebellion led by the priest of Khnum in Elephantine in 410BC, against the Persians’ Jewish mercenary garrison there.    In Roman times, according to Edward Gibbon, Jews massacred hundreds of thousands of Greco-Egyptians during the Jews’ Bar Kokba uprising.  Aside from Jews, Egypt seems to have been able to integrate almost anyone.  This isn’t about hating Jews, but tragically, enough is enough.

Simple, common words are the best clue to the origin of a language.  An important Egyptian mother Goddess (sometimes called “Grandmother of the Gods”) was Mut.  An Egyptian word for house, is transliterated “hwt”, like our word, hut.  These words like mother and house, show a connection to Indo-European people.

Ancient Greeks spoke not only of a white dove of Hera but also a black dove of Dione which came to Greece from Egypt.  The Egyptian God of magic, Heka, was male, but otherwise shows a correspondence to the Thracian God of magic, Hekate, and to the English word “hex”.  Neith, a.k.a. Net, was an Egyptian Goddess of war and weaving, cognate to the English word “net” and arguably also to the Hellenic Athena.

Is this only a fantasy on the internet?

It’s more than a fantasy.  There is a 12 hectare New Kom Ombo as part of New Egypt (religious only, not claiming sovereignty) in Iowa.  Isis revealed to me through numerology that this land corresponds to Kom Ombo in Egypt.  We have livestock, forests, a vineyard and pastures.  Much is rough and field expedient.  Perhaps in the spirit of the famous painting of the pharaoh helping a farmer catch a bull, the new pharaoh will come here and lend a hand.  I have four matched mares that would look great wearing head dresses of Isis, Nephthys, Serket and Neith.

Who were the main Gods worshipped at Kom Ombo?

In the temple that remains there today, built by the Ptolemies, the main Gods worshipped are Horus (the falcon God) and Sobek (the crocodile God).  This is Horus the Elder, also known as Haroeris.  There is a unique 50-50 split of the temple between Horus and Sobek, each with his related Gods together known as a “triad”.  Surviving older parts of the Kom Ombo temple show that earlier, in the New Kingdom, Seth was prominent in the temple.

Isn’t Seth (Set) evil?

No.  Originally Seth was a dog God analogous to Horus the falcon God.  Dogs and falcons both are used for hunting.  In prehistoric times, North Africa was wetter and there was more hunting.  Because of civil war in early Egypt and, later, Seth’s superficial resemblance to a prominent God of a foreign invader,  negative myths developed around Seth and the artistic vision of Seth changed.  By the New Kingdom, we see “the Seth animal”, seemingly a composite of several species of animals within which Seth hid.  By the time of the Ptolemies, Sobek had to stand in for Seth at Kom Ombo.  Remember what Emperor Julian said:  myths do not claim to be the “word of God”; they are only things men say about the Gods.

Let’s look at some of the earliest artwork.  Seth is shown as a peer of, or an alternative to, Horus.  One side of the “Narmer palette” (“Dynasty Zero”) shows four soldiers carrying standards on poles.  The first two standards are the fanciest and have a falcon on top.  The third standard is just as tall but simpler and has a slightly smaller-scale, standing, four-legged animal on top; from its bushy tail and doglike (front legs forward) posture, this seems to be a dog.

Also there is the hieroglyphic “name” of Peribsen (Second Dynasty) carved on a slab of granite.  We know that this pharaoh chose to honor Seth as a peer of Horus, by adopting for himself a “Seth name” as well as a “Horus name”.  The image of the standing, four-legged Seth atop Peribsen’s “Seth name” hieroglyphic, shows a doglike posture.  There is another less often published version of Peribsen’s “Seth name” which shows a similar Seth in an obviously doglike sitting position.

So I honor Seth here at Kom Ombo along with Horus.  I have a statue of Horus but no falcon.  I have no statue of Seth but I honor him by keeping nine Samoyed dogs and a poodle!