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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Ka
Ka

The Ka is given the translation, although not entirely satisfactory, as being the Spirit or the Emotional Body. The Ka was born with you, your alter ego or other self, it was your life force, your double, it was your self or personality. It is what makes one person different to another. The Ka could act in life as a guide or protector, perhaps in a similar context as a guardian angel. The Ka had all these functions, in life it was with the person at all times, and it was part and parcel of the body. After death the Ka and the body separated, the body remained preserved in the tomb, but the Ka becomes a separate entity, it was the bit that was released, free or immortal but it still needed the vital link to the earth and the body provided that link. The Ka still needed spirit food, and it would use the body to absorb nourishment from the food in the tomb. It is often depicted as a human with upraised arms, or in hieroglyphs it is sometimes represented with a pair of upraised arms.

Added: 30/05/2009

Ka Servant
Ka Servant

The Ka Servant was a position the ancient Egyptians invented to replace the need for the ancestors to provide the daily offerings. This was a special kind of priest, who would inherit part of the deceased’s estate, which would provide an income to provide for the tomb offerings. When the Ka Servant died, his descendants, who would also be priests inherited the position and obligations. The commitment to the tomb would be in perpetuity. However human nature being what it is, the Ka servant would take the income and disregard the duties involved in the position.

Added: 30/05/2009

Kamares ware
Kamares ware

Type of pottery ware produced in Egypt, influenced by the Minoan civilisation. They are very distinctive, with swirls and spirals and are unlike any designs produced by the Egyptians.

Added: 30/05/2009

Khat-headdress (or afnet)
Khat-headdress (or afnet)

A royal head covering that resembles the nemes-headdress but is plainer. Unlike the nemes, the khat lacks decorative side parts (lappets), is never pleated or striped, and the material at the back is not drawn into a pigtail or queue but is left as a flap.

Added: 30/05/2009

Khem
Khem

Khem meaning "The Black Land".

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Kherep Serqet
Kherep Serqet

Kherep Serqet meaning one who has power over the serpent goddess.

Added: 30/05/2009

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