Necrophilia in Ancient Egypt

Possibly the only thing that has remained unchanged throughout our history is human nature. The dark recesses of the human brain have continually goaded a few to seek goals that repulse most of us. Time and again a few who walk and breathe among us have allowed their perversion to reach beyond the grave and indulged in necrophilia.

Instances of necrophilia abound in the modern world, and while most cases aren’t discussed openly, a few have made the world sit up and take notice. The possible desecration of Eva Peron’s corpse by one or more officers who were supposed to guard her embalmed body, had attracted the attention of the whole world to the case. Thirty-two-year old Eva Peron was the wife of Argentina’s then President Juan Peron, when she had died of cervical cancer in 1952, and was embalmed on the request of her husband.

Lesser known Instances of Necrophilia  can be found in the historical records from the nineteenth century, where some men of noble birth were found to be necrophiles. Evidence of Necrophilia has been found around the world and throughout history, including in Ancient Egypt.

And yet, what makes Ancient Egypt different is the way not only necrophilia but rape and incest too is sewn into its mythology. Layered through centuries, its gods acquired personalities and traits, both good and bad, as this polytheistic religion grew around a mythology that deals not only with the good, the right, the righteous, and the moral, but also with the darker side of human nature. The ancient Egyptian gods don’t appear as angels with wings white as snow. They are good and evil, light and dark; they help and destroy, procreate and kill – why, they even attempt to sodomize other gods.

But before we judge, it’s important that we reflect upon the time when the Egyptian mythology must’ve been in its formative centuries. Right before Egypt was united for the first time, humans were learning the concept of family and property. The moral code of right and wrong too was being defined for the first time. This was when humans were learning to “judge.” The mythological stories were being woven not to preach morality but to make sense of human existence. These people weren’t born with pre-written moral codes that they had grown up with, they were experimenting, discovering, and establishing the concept of morality.

This is why in the lore of Osiris, Isis, and Seth, we see Osiris being killed by his evil brother Seth, then we see him resurrected from the dead by Isis and her sister, so that Horus may be born of the sexual union between Isis and her dead brother Osiris (Necrophilia and incest.) Later, we learn of Seth attempting to sodomize is nephew so that he might become subservient to Seth by receiving Seth’s seed, an attempt that Horus deftly thwarts. (Homosexuality, beginning of male-supremacy.)

And yet in Ancient Egypt, the mores for humans were slightly different from those for the gods, because Herodotus mentions in his “The Histories – Second Book,” that nobles would let the corpses of their women decay for three to four days, before sending them away for embalming, for they feared desecration of the corpses and necrophilic sexual-abuse.

“The Necrophile’s Ring,” one of the five stories in “Mysterious Kemet II – Seduction & Conspiracy in Ancient Egypt,” is woven around this dark but repulsive, time-worn reality.

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This story outlines upon the psychology of the necrophile and the fear experienced by the women in his life.

I’ve always been drawn to the exceptional and the abnormal – curious about how such men and women connect with the society. Their connections, obviously are either broken or deformed, and so they seldom become a part of the society. Regardless of whether criminality is manifest in their behavior or not, we find them on the sidelines, manipulating others in various degrees. They are able to achieve this through an absence of emotions that are felt by most of us normal humans.

Unfortunately, these individuals with their gnarled world-view live among us, undetected, perhaps even loved and cared for. Some of these are respected members of our society – they are affluent, powerful, but internally twisted.

Between now and then, the only thing that has remained unchanged throughout our history is human nature.

 

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