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Lotus and water lilycelebrating people, sometimes held by the person as if he were sniffing it, often hovering above his or her head.
In architecture pillars were sometimes shaped like bundles of lotus supporting the skies embodied by the temple ceiling.
In mythology, the lotus was the first plant to rise out of the primordial waters and, at the same time, it also appeared out of the light, like the sun at dawn. The lotus flower disappearing in the water at dusk and rising out of it in full glory in the morning became a symbol of rebirth. In the Book of the Dead Re is referred to as the golden youth emerging from the lotus. The change of the deceased into a sacred lotus flower symbolises the hope to be born again:
I am the holy lotus that cometh forth from the light which belongeth to the nostrils of Ra, and which belongeth to the head of Hathor. I have made my way, and I seek after him, that is to say, Horus. I am the pure lotus that cometh forth from the field [of Ra].The god Nefertem, offspring of Ptah and Sekhmet, was often shown emerging from a lotus flower. One of his epithets was Lord of Perfumes. The fragrance of the flower was most attractive, at least a scribe thought so, when he tried to convince his pupils of the usefulness of a good education:
Behold, it is beneficial to complete it (i.e. the schooling), more than the smell of lotus flowers in summer time, more than anointing oil in the tomb (?)The suggestion that the ancient Egyptians sniffed lotus flowers to become intoxicated, would–if proven to be correct–throw a new light on this passage, but it appears that the water lily's psychoactive properties are insignificant.
The blue water lily was the heraldic plant of Upper Egypt, while the papyrus was that of Lower Egypt.
It was possibly this water lily which was collected by the poor for food:
When the river has become full and the plains have been flooded, there grow in the water great numbers of lilies, which the Egyptians call lotos; these they cut with a sickle and dry in the sun, and then they pound that which grows in the middle of the lotos and which is like the head of a poppy, and they make of it loaves baked with fire. The root also of this lotos is edible and has a rather sweet taste: it is round in shape and about the size of an apple.
The lotus is thought to have been imported from India in the sixth century BCE.
 After a transliteration and German translation on the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website. Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig: Literarische Texte => 3. Weisheitslehren => Neuägyptische Weisheitslehren => Die Lehre des Amunnacht => 06. oLacau => Die Lehre des Amunnacht
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