The Guide (The Legacy Series Book 2)By: Sheritta Bitikofer
Terms to know:
Wepwawet – Egyptian diety, depicted as half man and half wolf. His images on the walls of temples and tombs thoroughout Egypt have sometimes been mistaken for Anubis, but they hold the distinct difference that Wepwawet’s head is purposefully painted white or grey to resemble a wolf. However, Anubis and Wepwawet share funeral process duties such as guiding the dead through the various gates of the underworld after death. Wepwawet, which holds an epithet of “opener of the way/path” is attributed to the creation of the Opening of the Mouth ceremony which is essential in the embalming process so that the “ba”, or life essence, can find its way back to the mummy in order for it to continue on into the afterlife. Wepwawet has also been honored in the pharoah’s hunting parties, serving as a scout for various missions and called “the one with the sharp arrow who is more powerful than the gods.” He has also been symbolically attributed as uniting Upper and Lower Egypt, both for religious purposes and political. Scholars believe this because his standard is sometimes paired with the standard of the Apis Bull, which represents Lower Egypt. Wepwawet is also the god of the thirteenth nome of Upper Egypt and his main temple is buried eight meters below the capital city of the nome, Asyut.
Hem-netjer-tepi – Literally means the “first servant of the gods” and holds the position of high priest in the temple.
Duat – Ancient Egyptian underworld
Aaru, Field of Reeds – Ancient Egyptian’s form of heaven, where a righteous soul goes to spend eternity.
Ammit – Egyptian god with the body of lion and head of a crocodile that devoured souls that failed the Weighing of the Heart in the afterlife.
Feather of Ma’at – Ma’at, the goddess of order and morality. Her feather is weighed against the hearts of those who died. If their heart was lighter than the feather, they would be permitted into the Field of Reeds as reward for living a good life. If their heart was heavier than the feather, their soul would be eaten by Ammit, the devourer of souls.
Anubis – God of the underworld (Duat) and the one who weighs the heart against the Feather of Ma’at on the scales.
Padrone – An employer, protector, provider role in a dependent relationship. Padroni is plural.
Jerkin – A leather vest worn overtop shirts.
Piacere di conoscerti – Italian greeting for “pleased to meet you”
Amico mio – Italian “my friend”
Buona sera – Italian for “good evening”
Benvenuto – Italian for “welcome”
Signorina – Italian for “miss”
Signore – Italian for “sir”
Lupo Mannero – Italian term for werewolf or wolf man.
Grazie – Italian for “thank you”
Ragazzi – Itialin for “boys”
Istanbul/Constantinople – Central trading hub in Turkey. The capital became officially known as Istanbul in 1453.
Asena – In Turkic mythology, Asena was a grey wolf that rescued the survivor of a raid and nursed him back to health. He later impregnated the wolf and she gave birth to ten half-wolf, half-man sons. One of which, Ashina, is said to have founded the Ashina clan which ruled over the Göktürk and other Turkic nomadic empires.
“Ride below the crupper” – Euphemism for sex.
In the desert outside Asyut Egypt, 1570
The bright sun emerged over the eastern horizon, bathing a golden glow over the sands of Egypt. As light hit the brilliantly painted limestone of the temple’s outer walls, Tor awoke in his private chamber. Slowly, the rays of the life-giving sun passed through the pylons, through the courtyard, and into the inner sanctuary that faced east.
His dark eyes watched as the beam of light slowly traveled across the stone floor, passing over the cracks and worn edges of the bricks that served as a reminder that so much time had passed since they were first lain. Yet here he was, carrying on the traditions of his forefathers that had been passed down since time began.
With stiff movements, he sat up from his bed, a mere wooden frame with braided straps that kept his sleeping body off the dusty floors. The wool pillows that might as well have been as old as the temple itself were in great need of new stuffing.