Egyptology Glossary: Ancient Egypt and Egyptology has a bewildering array of confusing names and terminology, this Egyptology Glossary will hopefully go some way to describe many of the most common words and phrases.
Egyptology Glossary
Egyptology Glossary

Egyptology Glossary

Ancient Egypt and Egyptology has a bewildering array of confusing names and terminology, this Egyptology Glossary will hopefully go some way to describe many of the most common words and phrases.

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Heb Sed Festival
Heb Sed Festival

When a king's reign reached 30 years a jubilee celebration occurred called the Heb Sed. The Heb Sed festival started of in the Old Kingdom when the King when expected to run around two boulders placed in the Heb Sed court. In later periods this became not such a physical exercise but a more ritual celebration involving the giving of jewellery.

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Heka
Heka

Heka meaning Magic

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Hekau
Hekau

Hekau meaning possessor of magic

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HemetBast
HemetBast

HemetBast - servant of Bast

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HemetNetjeret
HemetNetjeret

HemetNetjeret - servant of the Goddesses

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Hem-Ka
Hem-Ka

Hem-Ka meaning Soul priest

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Hem-Netcher
Hem-Netcher

Hem-Netcher meaning prophet/chief priest

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Henenoo
Henenoo

Henenoo meaning turmoil

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Heq
Heq

Heq - meaning someone who knew magickal words of power. The word hag is thought to be derived from this.

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Hery-Hebet
Hery-Hebet

Hery-Hebet meaning lector priest

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Hesek
Hesek

Hesek meaning disease demon

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Het-Netcher
Het-Netcher

Het-Netcher meaning Temple

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Hru
Hru

Hru - day or it can mean light or sun.

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Htp-di-nsw
Htp-di-nsw

(Hetep di nesu) A boon or gift or offerings given in the name of the king.

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Hyksos
Hyksos

The Greek form of the Egyptian term Heka-khasut, or “rulers of foreign lands,” referring to various Near Eastern peoples who migrated to Egypt and eventually controlled certain parts of the country, primarily in the Delta, during the Second Intermediate Period (circa 1630–1539 B.C.).

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Hypostyle Hall
Hypostyle Hall

The Hypostyle Halls were the reception area of the temple, while still impressive nowadays, in their original form they would have been roofed and had no lighting from outside. The columns in the Hypostyle Halls were densely packed together in rows; the capitals at the top of the column depict various types of plants; such as palm, papyrus, and the open or closed lotus bud. The represent in stone the vegetation found on the island of creation.

The columns are not just architectural features, there are many more columns than would be required to keep up the roof. They represent the lush environment of the island of creation. The whole building will be brought to life using magic. The more columns, the more fertile the land on the island of creation will be and would be reflected in the outside world. The whole building acts as state sympathetic magic.

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