The Ancient Egyptian cosmological treatise Book of Gates narrates the passage of the ba-soul of the deceased into the afterlife. It corresponds to the journey of the sun god Ra through the Duat during the twelve hours of the night. The ba-soul is required to pass through a series of gates at different stages in the journey in the sunboat which is protected by the winding snake Mehen. Each gate is watched over by a guardian and it requires that the deceased recognises the particular characteristics of each stage. The text implies that some ba-souls will pass through unharmed, but that others will suffer torment in a lake of fire. This nightly journey of the sun can be regarded as the process of pregnancy that is taking place in the body of the sky goddess Nut. Eventually the deceased will be reborn at dawn just like the renewed sungod Ra-Horakhty.
For many years Huub Pragt has been directing his educational institute on Egyptology in The Netherlands. Every participant will receive the syllabus entitled ‘Book of Gates’ that will be used during the course.
This one-day course can be combined with the one-day course Amduat that takes place a day earlier.