Moses and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The quote below is from an email I sent to Ahmed Osman recently. I don't know if he'll use it in his upcoming film, but it might partly explain some of the mystery in the Exodus account of Moses.

"I had an interesting thought today about the Biblical story of Moses being placed in a basket by his mother and set adrift on the Nile, afterwhich he was adopted by the 'daughter of pharaoh'. In Egyptian myth, Horus was considered to be the son of Isis and was hidden by her in the marshes of the Delta from potential enemies such as Seth. However, it turns out that Horus was not the true son of Isis but only adopted by her. Neither was Horus the actual son of Osiris, but a son produced for him posthumously. His true parents were Hathor and Horus the Elder.

"In the dynastic period a prince designated as the Horus would sometimes be the natural son of a princess/queen in the role of Isis. What the Biblical story suggests is that in these cases it was necessary for such a royal mother to symbolically abandon her child and then adopt him once again as her own in order to better fulfill the original pattern. Since Queen Tiye was the actual mother of Akhenaten, she may have been required to perform such a ritual."

Queen Tiye is also the one who "appeared" to Akhenaten at his wilderness refuge of Amarna (in the Midian of Egypt) and directed him to return to Thebes. The appearance of YHWH to Moses in the Bible's "burning bush" takes on a decidedly feminine aspect. During this time period a woman could rule as a man and the concept of "God" still embodied both male and female natures.

This probably would have also fulfilled some other memory from the time of the gods or of their later "incarnations."

[By the way, for the regular participants/readers of this site, I have another little revelation about Moses to share. As we have seen, the role of Moses derives from the god Ra, and is a memory of exile from Egypt (after killing the Egyptian god Osiris) and later return at the time of the Flood to save lives.

One of the most prominent princes to play the role of Moses was Auibre Hor, the Patriarch Eber. However, Auibre was not originally typecast as a Moses, but as a Joshua (Horus-Ham/Benjamin). His father Inyotef IV (who was in the role of Joseph) sired him on behalf of Amenemhet II (in the role of Judah). This was in repetition of the earlier Japheth who produced an heir for the line of the musician Jubal (archetypal Judah).

A similar change in typecasting must have also happened to Sargon the Great. That is, he was originally to be a Horus figure, but later became as Re instead.

So this is how the story element of Moses being hidden in the marshes came about. Although Moses was mainly patterned after Re, it took on a secondary typecasting of Horus thanks to Sargon and then Hammurabi. All prospective Moses figures that followed (such as Akhenaten) would have to first be placed in the role of Horus, endure an exile, and finally return as the god Re.]

Happy MLK Day. "We're free at last!"

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