The Church of the Eternal Source is a pagan movement dedicated to the ancient gods of Egypt. Established in 1970, the Church of the Eternal Source is the oldest nonprofit church in the world dedicated to the practice of the Ancient Egyptian Religion. The CES presently has nine consecrated temples. The CES devotes itself to worship, publication, and personal instruction. Although each temple is dedicated to one or more gods the Church celebrates all Egyptian gods and goddesses.

Gods and Goddesses Edit

The Church of the Eternal Source is polytheistic. The gods and goddesses include:

Cosmic Gods

The Great Gods of Creation are Ra, the Sun God; Ma'at, the Goddess of Truth; Amen, the God of reproduction; Shu, the God of the Air and the Breath of Life; Tefnut, the Goddess of Water; Geb, the God of the Earth, and Nut, the Goddess of the Sky. The Primeval Ocean was the Goddess Nun.

The Gods of Human Affairs

Isis, the Holy Mother; Osiris, the God of the Dead; Horus, the Liberator; Hathor, Goddess of Love; Thoth, the God of Law and Knowledge; Sekhmet, the Goddess of Power; Ptah, the God of Engineers, Doctors, and of Politics; Anubis, the God of the Dead; Nephthys, the Protectress of Children and our Comforter in the Next World; Set, God of Storms and Violence. Bes the Spirit of Joy, and Taurt was Protectress of pregnant women.

Gods of Particular Places and Powers

Khnum, Lord of the Sources of Water; Hapi, God of rivers; Uadjat and Nwkhbet, Goddesses of Protection, Mesergert, Lady of the Mountains.

Nature of the Gods and Goddesses

Of these Great Gods, there is no precedence. None is superior to the others. Each is omnipotent, omnipresent, and self-created, although there are myths which establish familial relationships between them as means of description.

There is no absolute supreme God, as in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.

There are other Gods and Spirits, each with a specific domain of power. These lesser spirits remain under the dominion of the Great Gods, and there is no need to propitiate them directly; they are conveniently addressed via the Great Gods.

Each human being is in a sense a God or Goddess also.

The grander a thing was, the more names it had. It is convenient to use the familiar Graeco/Roman names for the Gods; but a God, being infinite in extent, has an infinite number of names and attributes.

References Edit

Church of the Eternal Source Web Site

Egyptian Book of the Dead

See also Edit

Kemetic Orthodoxy

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