Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: July 21: Witch’s Day, Damo, Aten

Present Day Pagans maybe celebrating Witch’s Day. This is a time to celebrate one’s practice, the Craft, their life and path or religion.

Once upon a past, there was a woman, a philosopher, named Damo who happened to not only be the daughter of Pythagoras, but also a student. Damo was a Seeress and actually founded a Pythagorean School in a city named Damour (named after her) which is located near Beirut. Today is a remembrance to her, which seems rather cool, because I wonder how many people actually heard of her? Well, regardless, now you do and I wouldn’t feel so bad if you didn’t, since sadly, there is little known.

 

In Egyptian Calendar, today is the birthday of Aten. Happy Birthday Aten!!! Now for those who are just learning about Ancient Egyptian mythology, or for those who know enough but can’t quite put their finger on who Aten is, well, let me refresh your memory.

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When you think of Aten, think of the Sun and also think of Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. During their bloody reign when they attempted to destroy freedom of religion and force all living in Egypt to forget about their own gods/goddesses and believe in only ONE TRUE DEITY (according to them), Aten became their weapon.

In all actuality, and in my opinion only, Akhenaten and Nefertiti probably paved the way for every TV evangelist out there, without knowing it. Because not only did they slaughter you (Nefertiti could wield a crazy weapon too) if you dared to believe in another god other than their own, but they also made Egyptians bring them gifts of worth (Money, gold, whatever they had of value) so that Akhenaten and Nefertiti could make their prayers for them.

Yep, they took away the individuals right to commune to the gods and goddesses themselves. Something that ended up being repeated throughout history in one culture or another, but successfully pulled off during our time when one looks at the Vatican and, well, the TV Evangelists that litter our television channels from time to time.

Luckily, Akhenaten and Nefertiti failed in their endeavors, though. While they spent mass amounts of time hunting down priests who refused to lay down their gods for them, built massive Sun temples in Aten’s name, and tried to bend and twist Egypt into something of their own minds, those who they ticked off, came back to get them.

And even though the death and life of Nefertiti herself is a great mystery, we can safely say as to why. Yep, when you piss off the powers that be in Egypt, they don’t want you remembered throughout eternity. So while the theories on Nefertiti and her husband are endless, or what exactly happened to them in the end remains a mystery, one thing is for sure….

Freedom of Religion is something that has long been desired since the dawn of the world and for those who try to take it away, eventually end up in big trouble and not the favorite fan of the century!

 

 

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