The Festival of the Celestial Cow (Moomas)

I was reading about The Festival of The Celestial Cow (colloquially called Moomas) by Sedjfaiemitui. It’s a holiday observed mostly by those of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith around the end of December. It falls on Pahenutmut (I Peret) 25, which in Regnal Year 25 of Nisut Hekatawy Reverend Tamara L. Siuda of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith, falls on or around Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Moomas celebrates the exultation of Hathor (and/or Neith) as the Goddess Nut in the form of a great cow or cow-headed deity at the time of Ra’s retirement to the heavens on the back of the Celestial Cow Mehet-Weret. It is rather a somber, if not mournful, holiday, it has taken on some rather spirited Western traditions of secular Christmas.

The background to the Festival of the Celestial Cow in the Book of the Heavenly Cow is the story of the destruction of mankind.

In the myth, it starts out that humans lived among the gods and Ra was the king. Then after some time, Ra began to grow old and mankind started to conspire against Him. After Ra found out about it, He called a meeting with the Gods and Goddesses. It was suggested that he send forth his Eye to punish humanity. And lo, Ra sent His Eye in the form of the goddess Hathor. Hathor was transformed into the lioness goddess Sekhmet. The goddess Sekhmet goes on a rampage and was about to wipe out humanity, but Ra took pity upon humanity. In order to stop Sekhmet, Ra called for beer to be died red to look like human blood. At night the beer was poured into some fields. The following morning, Sekhmet saw the flooded field and thinking that it was human blood, began to drink. After becoming drunk, the goddess fell asleep.

After those events, it was when Ra retired.

Note: Though not all Kemetics observe the same holidays, based on their tradition/cosmology and when they observe Wep Ronpet (Ancient Egyptian/Kemetic New Years). Exempli gratia, in the chapter “A Year of Kemetic Observance” from Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde, there is a festival called The Sailing of Mut on 30 Tab’ibet, roughly around December 15, which can work for a seasonal holiday. And in Utah, Wep Ronpet was roughly around August 10 of 2017; so figure August 10 of 2017 plus 145 days for The Festival of the Celestial Cow and we get January 2 of 2018, also add 150 days for The Sailing of Mut thus we get January 7 of 2018. And if you go with a Wep Ronpet date of July 18 of 2017 and you observe the Festival of the Celestial Cow, you would observe it around December 10 of 2017.

—Jackals in the Mountains wish that you and your family have happy and safe holidays this December—

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