The Legend of the Exodus from Kem-Duat
I. THE BOOK OF THE FALL OF DUAT INTO UTTER DARKNESS, AND OF THE RETURN OF THE GODS. There was once a time when the children of earth and the akh of Duat alike forgot the ways of prayer and gods left existence as one. Heaven and earth no longer knew order, and the children of earth were forced to flee from terrible beasts into vast walled cities where they huddled in fear. Apep swallowed the sun, finally bringing eternal night, and Duat was then known as KEM-DUAT. It was then the children of heaven gathered, and they spake these words:—
“No living soul will remember the old ways, so we will have to teach them anew the ways of prayer; but there are more ancient akh than there are those with ka, and they already know the ways of prayer, so that we need but remind them. Therefore let us go forth and seek these myriad akh, that the gods will return to existence and we may restore order once more to heaven and earth.”
And so Iah-kem-et went forth to Kem-Duat, for her father was Anubis and so the akh would obey her; and Abi-ra-khet went forth to Kem-Duat, for he was the son of Horus and he had eyes that shone with the sun’s light; and Neser-senef-s went forth to Kem-Duat, for she brought with her fire which came to life at her will; and Hedj-sesmet went forth to Kem-Duat, for she knew the healing arts and brought with her winged horses; and Reri-ny-re-a-khet went forth to Kem-Duat, for he was a warrior who was as an army.