Ra’s cataclysm: Saving humanity from Hathor with the help of beer

(ORDO NEWS) — The concept of cataclysm is very common in almost all mythologies and religions. This is when the god or gods decide that humanity no longer serves them and thus they order the destruction of humanity.

A similar concept is not absent from ancient Egyptian mythology. In the Book of the Heavenly Cow, an ancient Egyptian myth found in tomb walls and on papyri, Egyptologists were able to piece together the story of Ra’s cataclysm.

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Scene from the “Book of the Heavenly Cow”, which tells about the cataclysm of Ra, carved on the walls of the tomb of Seti I

The story of Ra’s cataclysm was told in the Book of the Heavenly Cow inscribed on the walls of the tombs of Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramesses II and Ramesses II, and only on papyrus sheets found in the tomb of Ramesses VI.

According to the ancient Egyptian creation myth, humans were created from the tears of the sun god Ra, often fused with Atum, who used to live on Earth and rule his kingdom for many centuries.

However, when Ra grew old, the people stopped worshiping him and rebelled against him, plotting to seize his throne. These actions naturally infuriated Ra, and he convened a secret council with the other gods.

Ra’s father, Nun, supported Ra’s anger and offered to punish humanity. The daughter of Ra, the goddess Hathor, was chosen for this mission.

Often seen as the Eye of Ra, this multitasking goddess was associated with pleasure, fertility, love, music, and beauty.

According to the story of the Cataclysm of Ra, one night she came out among mankind and, like a lion, began to kill men, women and children in all the places where they hid, hitting and killing people by drinking their blood.

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Statue of the bloodthirsty Egyptian deity Sekhmet, aka Hathor, in the Egyptian Museum of Turin

The actions of Hathor, who took the form of Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of war, known for her uncontrollable rage, threatened the complete destruction of mankind, which Ra did not want, because she still wanted to rule it. To stop Hathor from continuing the massacre, he devised a plan to trick her.

With the help of his loyal followers, Ra arranged for large quantities of beer to be mixed with red dye or pomegranate juice to make it look like blood.

Then they brought seven thousand jugs of beer and poured the contents into the fields, flooding the fields where Hathor was to return to continue her slaughter.

The next day, when Hathor returned to destroy the remnants of humanity, she saw a large pool of blood.

She began to drink from it until she became so drunk that she could not remember why she was sent there, and when she returned to her father Nun, she slept for many days.

As a result of this myth, during the holidays of Hathor and Sekhmet, people drank beer mixed with pomegranate juice in honor of the salvation of mankind.

The holiday was also associated with the flood of the Nile, which turned the color of blood every year, as the silt was carried upstream.

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A 14th-century banquet scene from the chapel-tomb at Nebamum, showing music and dancing alluding to Hathor

In the end, Ra was still disappointed by the uprising of people. Nothing could be the same, so he called another council of the gods, where he announced that he was going to retire to heaven, leaving the god Shu there to take his place as ruler over mankind.

It is obvious that Ra and the gods of ancient Egyptian mythology once lived with people on Earth, controlling them.

This is not a new concept, but a recurring pattern that makes one wonder if the gods of Egypt actually existed, and if so, who they were and what their true role was.

Was it just to control humanity and demand devotion and worship from them, like virtual slaves, or to help humanity develop?

Unfortunately, a long look at society, its wars and destruction makes us realize that no significant evolution has taken place.

Some have speculated that Ra, one of the oldest deities in the ancient Egyptian pantheon, was actually an extraterrestrial. Indeed, Ra is often depicted as sailing across the sky on a “solar boat”.

To ancient people who had never experienced advanced technology, a being who could travel across the sky in a spaceship undoubtedly seemed like a “god”.

But if he really was an alien, why would he want people to worship him? And what was his purpose on earth?


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