Akhus Move Upstream

4 Great Truths
Dua ra Cheft
Dua Asar


  • Akhu (Akh, Khu, Ikhu) – This was the immortal part, the radiant and shining being that lived on in the Sahu, the intellect, will and intentions of the deceased that transfigured death and ascended to the heavens to live with the gods or the imperishable stars.
  • While the Khat lies in the tomb, ready to be animated by the Ka, the Ba might be traveling the underworld with Ra. While the Ab is with the gods, the Khaibit might be with the Ba on the barque, or in the tomb eating some offerings. At the same time, the Akhu, Sekhem and Sahu might be contentedly living in the stars, looking down at the earth.

from wikipedia:

numerous parts of the soul:

  • Khet or the “physical body”
  • Sah or the “spiritual body”
  • Ren or the “name, identity”
  • Ba or the “personality”
  • Ka or the “double”
  • Ib or the “heart”
  • Shut or the “shadow”
  • Sekhem or the “power, form”

Collectively, these spirits of a dead person were called the Akh after that person had successfully completed its transition to the afterlife.[2][a] Egyptologist R. David,[3] at the University of Manchester, explains the many facets of the soul as follows:The Egyptians believed that the human personality had many facets—a concept that was probably developed early in the Old Kingdom. In life, the person was a complete entity, but if he had led a virtuous life, he could also have access to a multiplicity of forms that could be used in the next world. In some instances, these forms could be employed to help those whom the deceased wished to support or, alternately, to take revenge on his enemies.[3]

Akh (Spirit)

The Akh is a tricky concept perhaps best understood as the effective spirit of the deceased. When a person died, their Ka left their body. The Opening of the Mouth ritual allowed the Ba to leave the body. The akh was the result of the successful union of the Ba and Ka which occurred if the person’s heart passed the test in the Hall of Judgment. Thus the primary purpose of the funerary texts and rituals was to help the deceased become an akh.

Although the akh was not itself divine, it shared some characteristics with the gods and was immortal. During the Old Kingdom, only kings and gods are identified with the akh, but as time progressed all people could hope to be transfigured as one of the blessed dead. Living people could pray to the akh of their ancestors for help, but the akhu could also inflict punishments on the living if not appeased.

The akh also relates to the effectiveness of a person when they undertook any act considered glorious or righteous. For example, a king building a temple for a god or a man feeding and clothing the poor could both be considered akhut (that which is akh).

Temple of Shetaut Neter, sema Institute:

Akhu, Akhu, from Temple of Aset, Dr. Muata Ashby Sebai Maa

Ra Akhu, Dr. Muata Ashby Sebai Maa

DEfinition oif Moving upstream:
Something that is moving upstream is moving toward the source of a river against the current, from a point further down the river. Something that is upstream is toward the source of a river.Salmon manage to swim upstream to lay their eggs….the river police, whose headquarters are just upstream of the Ile St. Louis.

PMH pg 134 Sebai Maa
The Akhu is represented by the ibis, a symbol of Djehuty….
pg 135, pg 140, pg 143,

pg 157 Chapter 1

Ha em reu nu pert m heru
setjesu sakhu pert hait
em neter-khert Akhu

Em Amentet nefert djedtu heru

N qeres aq em chet pert 

Djed in Asar Any 

Asar Sesh Any

Inetedj her-k ka

In Djehuty Suten heh 

Imi nuk Neter aaa nem depet

Ahay ni her-k nuk ua m neu en nen 

Neteru udjaudjau se-malak-heru

Asar er cheftau-f heru

Puy n udajad medutu

Nuk imtu Asar!!
Nuk ua M enemu n netery mesu
Nut semaaiu cheft nu
Asar chnr sebiu her f nu
imitu k Heru

pg 181 vs 21; pg 201 vs 7;
pg 209, gloss form chapter 10: vs 8-12
pgm 229: Gpddess Nut and the Concept of Heaven
pg 238 last paragraph; pg 262, footnotes;
pg 278: supplication Appendix 1 plus footnotes
pg 328 last paragraph

Tree of Life Sebai Maa
pg 44
pg 46 bottom of page
pg 143
Dua Ankh Herakhuti
pg 237
breakdown…pg 261


There are no reviews yet.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Start typing and press Enter to search