Comet Egypt and the Two Lands (gks 15)

There were two Egypt’s, one up one down, heaven and earth. Through child-like eyes and in the absence of 3,000 of science the blackness of space was perceived as a hemispherical dome shaped land canopying our flat earth. The Egyptians quite naturally called these ‘two lands’ Upper and Lower Egypt. Upper Egypt is where the transposed Egyptians, the stars resided. The stars were perceived as real people living a life eternal in the black land (kemet) above. During the night they slept just as we do on earth. On the morn the ‘two lands’ burst into life as the Red Sun rose in the east. The inhabitants of both Upper and Lower Egypt would awake to begin such tasks as ploughing the fields, sowing and reaping. In other words the stars would awake the same time as their earthly counterparts to undertake the same agrarian tasks they once undertook on earth.

The space in between Upper and Lower Egypt I have dubbed the intermediate space, although the Egyptians may have called it the Duat. This location is to be seen as having more in common with Lower Egypt, earth. The Egyptians believed when they were born two of them were created, the physical body and an exact double they called the ka. Our modern day interpretation has erroneously deemed the ka as some kind of spirit form, this is incorrect. In a world dominated by cosmic catastrophe, the kas of the Egyptians were the infinite number of comet shaped bodies inhabiting the intermediate space between heaven and earth. It was believed after death the Egyptians would join with these astral doubles and after a perilous journey (chaos), and providing they’d been ‘good and just’ during their earthly life, it was hoped they would be reborn as a star in the kingdom of Osiris (the god who look after the stars above).

On this page, and by way of the art historical approach, it is my intention to demonstrate how close proximity cometary bodies dominated ancient skies. Moreover, the outline or shape of said bodies was clearly reflected in Egyptian art especially in regards to the afterlife and the gloriously decorated coffins.

The photo on the left shows comet Holmes in March 2008. This incredible image is unaltered apart from rotating it. The nucleolus of the comet can be seen enveloped by a gigantic spherical coma. Compare this to the Sarcophagus of Mesrē. It takes little imagination to see the Egyptians are undoubtedly emulating the shape of comets, or as they believed, their celestial counterparts, their kas. The face represents the nucleolus while the distinctly odd copious hairdo represents the coma.

Comet Holmes Chaos

Comet Holmes (Credit: NASA)

Egyptian Sarcophagus Mesre

Sarcophagus of Mesrē. (Credit: Rama)








Compare the following comet images with outline of other coffins and on the right an afterlife figurine called a shabti.

Comet Holmes Egyptian Egyptian Coffin Afterlife Shabti Figures Comets

This isn’t’ rocket science, cosmic catastrophe and a sky awash with cometary bodies pathed the way for such imagery. Most of the comet images on this page have been captured using powerful telescopes; in ancient times there was no need for magnification instruments just a cursorily glance skywards revealed comets of all sizes. This would include cometary planets as demonstrated with Comet Venus – all granted visibility day and night courtesy of a hazed red sun.

Comets Solar System

Asteriods Comets Meteorites

New Kingdom Coffin








Golden Egyptian Coffin

Mummy KV55 Akhenaten

Ancient Egypt Statues

Male and Female ‘Comets.’