Sunday, April 16, 2006

Ancient Egyptian Proverbs for Young Children: 10 Virtues Required of a Candidate for the Priesthood

Aristotle studied in Egypt, and adopted this list for his virtues of Man. This list has been edited slightly for young children.

1. Control of thought.

2. Unswerving pursuit of Justice.

3. Fortitude, or steadfastness of purpose..

4. Temperance, or identity with a spiritual life instead of everyday passions.

5. Evidence of having a mission in life, and

6. Evidence of a call to spiritual Orders of the Priesthood in the Mysteries. The combination of 5 and 6 was the equivalent to Prudence, or a deep insight and graveness that befitted a priest.

7. Courage, or freedom from resentment when under experiencing persecution and wrong.

8. Confidence in the Teacher, and

9. Confidence in one's own ability to learn. 8 and 9 together are known as Fidelity.

10. Readiness for initiation.

2 comments:

RedMolly said...

I am so not qualified to be an ancient Egyptian priest.

Oh well...

Thanks for the proverbs!

Myrtle said...

I really like your proverbs entries. I remember the first year I started reading Greek literature in translation and the thing that struck me the most was that there were so many values expressed that I had always been told were "Christian" but turned out to really be pagan Greek. I remember my grandmother telling me, "God helps him who helps himself." Sounds like a nice hardworking Puritan value. Then I find out that in Aesop's fables which are as old as Moses the original was, "The gods help them who help themselves."

Now that I'm reading this entry perhaps the Greeks were just repeating what they heard from an earlier civilization.