The Ancient Egyptian cosmological treatise Amduat describes the realm which the boat of the sun god Ra traverses during the twelve hours of the night. During the New Kingdom these magical texts and representations were applied to the walls of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Already from the Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts it appears that the Duat was seen as a watery area within the body of Nut, the goddess of the sky. When Ra goes down in the West, he is swallowed up by Nut. The vanished sun then makes an difficult and invisible voyage back along the stars towards the East. The deceased Pharaoh who is equaled to the night manifestation of the sun god undergoes a regenerative process. The difficult nightly journey of the sun can be regarded as the process of pregnancy that is taking place in the body of Nut. Eventually a renewed sun will be born at dawn.
For many years Huub Pragt has been directing his educational institute on Egyptology in The Netherlands. Every participant will receive the syllabus entitled ‘Amduat’ that will be used during the course.
This one-day course can be combined with the one-day course Book of Gates that takes place a day later.