93 ... Both Mr. Jones and Unohe had the truly correct answers:
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, Mar 27, 2004
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Viktor" <thelema@n...> wrote:
> Who has any information about Bes-na-Maut and Ta-Nech? What kind
>of gods are they?
Both Mr. Jones and Unohe had the truly correct answers:
<<Actually the are probably parental names of Ankh af n Khonsu's.
<<Given the reverence the ancient Egyptians held for honoring one's
parents, it makes sense that any funeral stele would mention both
parents, and Bes-na-Maut and Ta-Nech are the parents of Ankh-af-na-
So if we have any gods here, it would be the blessed dead Mother and
But wait. There is more that I can add.
Bes is one of the oldest Egyptian Neteru (gods). Let me quote Budge
from The Mummy: "He is represented as a grotesque person with horns
and eyes on a level with the top of his head, his head hangs out,
and he has bandy legs. He wears a crown of feathers on his head, and
a leopards skin thrown around his body."
Thus, he would be an ancestor of all priests, whose vestment was the
leopard skin (vide the stele' itself). Budge continues:
"As a warrior, or god of war, he is armed with a shield and a sword,
and sometimes he has a bow; he was also the god of music and the
dance, and in this character he is represented as a tailed creature,
half man, half animal, playing a harp, or striking cymbals together
and dancing. It is thought that he symbolized the destructive power
of nature, and in this capacity he is identified in The Book of The
Dead with Set."
Crowley seemed to have known this neter well when he wrote "By Bes-
na-Maut my breast I beat", and the god Bes sure seems consonant with
Maut is the Egyptian vulture-headed goddess of Nature and the mother
of all things - Maut or Mut literally meaning The Mother. Maut is
also one of the more primitive of the Egyptian neteru.
Now the term "na" can be defined either as "seer" or "watcher" or
as "scribe" or "recorder". All of these terms are consonant to
occultists. Thus, Bes-na-Maut, as a parent to Ankh-af-na-Khonsu,
would have been where he got his scribe credentials. But this would
certainly be a pretty wild name for his mother!
As for Ta Nech, I have nothing to add. Alamantra is probably on the
right track in surmising that Crowley was connecting with the spell-
weaving of the wisdom of the Hebrew T'N'Ch, or three limbs of the
Hebrew Holy Scriptures. Still I like the House of Nech thing too.
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