The Legend of the Exodus from Kem-Duat - VI

The Legend of the Exodus from Kem-Duat

VI. THE GATE TO SEKHET-AARU LAY BEFORE THEM, but the children of heaven knew well of the danger that awaited them due to Suma’s warning.

Abi-ra-khet stepped forth through the gates, and suddenly the children of Apep burst through the walls in greater numbers than they had yet seen and he soon saw that, if he did not call upon his battle fury, all would be lost; so he called upon it. In so doing he passed the trial of the gate; and then he saw that it was all an apparition, and he found himself in Sekhet-Aaru.

Neser-senef-s stepped forth through the gates, and found before her was her most hated enemy, lying prostrate at her feet. And though the palace lay before her, free of obstacle, her blood boiled and her heart burned and soon she could see nothing but her most hated enemy; so she took up a blade and clove her enemy’s head off at the neck. In so doing she failed the trial of the gate; and then she saw that it was all an apparition, and found herself in the wastes of Kem-Duat.

Hedj-sesmet stepped forth through the gates, and found before her was Neser-senef-s, lying gravely wounded upon the ground, and her wounds brought cacophonous music to Hedj-sesmet’s ears; so she used her healing arts on Neser-senef-s, who would not heal and whose wounds made the music yet more disharmonious. In so doing she failed the trial of the gate; and then she saw that it was all an apparition, and found herself in the wastes of Kem-Duat.

Reri-ny-re-a-khet stepped forth through the gates, and saw that only he was on the other side, though he had nearly been last to step through, and he knew then that his companions had failed the trials and been expelled to Kem-Duat; so he turned away from the palace and stepped again through the gates to find them. In so doing he failed the trial of the gate; and then he saw that it was all an apparition, and found himself in the wastes of Kem-Duat.

Iah-kem-et stepped forth through the gates, and found before her lay no difficulty—only the great emptiness that filled her Ib and Ba; so she walked through it and became familiar with the emptiness. In so doing she passed the trial of the gate; and then she saw that it was all an apparition, and found herself in Sekhet-Aaru.

The Legend of the Exodus from Kem-Duat - VI

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