4. The Scroll of Mehen-Ptah

The Scroll of Mehen-Ptah

Men were born from the waters of life. They came out of life. They lived as beasts of the field.  They served as food for the People of Anubis, who lived far away in Sothis on the other side of the sky, but still could look into this world.

Then the People of Horus came down from the sky. They brought with them the Seth water, and men drank deeply from it.  After they had drunk, they could see themselves and in this they rejoiced. The People of Horus were friends to man, and taught him laws of the cosmos and how to build Temples and cities. Men and women loved each other, honored the men from the skies, and forgot about the People of Anubis.

There was a man named Naashen. A Messenger had told him that the People of Anubis would come with new water, water that would make men mad, and with it they would replace all the good water in the land. Naashen gathered up all the Seth that he could find, and went to live in a cave in a mountain, away from the city.

Then the People of Anubis came. They saw what had happened, and were angry. They brought the new kind of water, which made men mad. The men who drank it forgot who they were, and forgot how to love. They began to treat each other with cruelty, and so men were always angry and afraid, and always quick to cast stones at each other.

Then one of the Anubians called Pharaoh came and said that he would restore order and protect men from each other. His head was tall like a pylon, and he was frightening to look upon. He created the Law, he taught men to be warriors and to kill, and began the rituals of the peshkent knife. Men had to work hard for Pharaoh, but they cast fewer stones at each other. They were mostly safe, but still they were afraid, and still they were mad.

Naashen watched from the mountain. Eventually he grew lonely and went down to the city. He tried to talk to his family, friends, and people he saw. He tried to tell them that they used to be happy and that the water had made them forget, but they all thought that he was mad and began to throw stones at him. He ran back to his cave.

Naashen stayed alone in his cave for four years. He became so lonely that he wept each day. Eventually he could no longer withstand the aloneness; he went back down into the city and began acting like the other men.

Then the great flood came. The People of Horus left and the People of Anubis left. Many men died, and all the bad waters were washed away.

There was nothing left after the flood, and little food.  Men continued to behave mad for they knew not else, and they were hungry. Even after the Temples were rebuilt and a new Pharaoh had his throne, still they were mad. They were afraid of punishment, and Pharaoh was father to all.

There were a group of people exploring the mountains, and they found Naashen’s cave. They found the Seth within it, they drank, and they remembered. They found scrolls telling of how the Seth had come here by means of the People from Horus. They decided they would stay together in order to help each other remember and to help protect each other from the other men who were still mad.

The school lived within the city for a long time, and they even showed some of the men that they no longer had to be mad and to be afraid. They wanted to live in the city with the others, so they could have food and shelter. They obeyed Pharaohs law and built a Temple there.

But still they had the Seth in their Temple, and so they believed they were great warriors, and that they were invincible. They began to look down on the men who knew not of the Seth, and to demand tribute.

Among them was a Priest named Mehen-Ptah. They asked for him to become their High Priest and to challenge the law of Pharaoh.  Mehen-Ptah knew that even with the Seth, they had lost their way and that their arrogance would only stir resentment. While they slept, he took the last of the Seth, and went into the desert. After he left, Pharaoh and his warriors raided the Temple of Seth and slew all of the its Priests. The Temple was burned to the ground.

And this is how the Seth survived the wrath of Pharaoh, and why the name of Mehen-Ptah is not written on any Temple walls.

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