- Paperback: 350 pages
- Publisher: St. Lynn's Press (December 8, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976763133
- ISBN-13: 978-0976763130
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Omm Sety's Egypt: A Story of Ancient Mysteries, Secret Lives, and the Lost History of the Pharaohs Paperback – December 8, 2006
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About the Author
Hanny el Zeini is the retired director of Egypt's national sugar industry, a lifelong amateur Egyptologist and closest confidant of Omm Sety, with whom he recorded hundreds of hours of conversations about her strange life in two worlds, and the unsolved mysteries of Egyptian history.
Catherine Dees is a California writer and editor with an abiding love for ancient Egypt and its brilliant, still-mysterious legacy. She is the author of several historical and romance novels and was co-producer of Continuum: the Immortality Principle, a major public exhibit that explored the limits of consciousness.
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Omm Sety was born Dorothy Eady. She was an Englishwoman born in 1904 to relatively normal, middle class parents. When she was a child, she had an accident, and the doctor who was summoned declared her dead...which made everyone all the more surprised an hour later when she opened her eyes.
The author of the book, Hanny el Zeini – an Egyptian chemist (of all things) who was a good friend of Omm Sety's and had an interest in ancient Egyptian history – even points out the obvious conclusion: that the doctor was wrong. Maybe his examination was too cursory, or maybe his stethoscope didn't work properly, or whatever. That's likely what Omm Sety's family believed, except for the fact that after her “miraculous” recovery, she turned a bit...odd. (Which I suppose is like saying the sun is a bit warm.) This very young girl was completely convinced that she could remember a temple that not only had no one she knew ever visited, but that no longer even existed except as a ruin.
Anyway, thus began Omm Sety's lifelong fascination with ancient Egypt, so after spending her childhood learning from an Egyptologist friend, she married an Egyptian man, moved to Egypt, took an Egyptian name, and spent the rest of her life quite literally living the dream she had as a concussed toddler. Her unusual experiences didn't end with her childhood, either. She spent a lifetime receiving otherworldly visitors...including her long-dead Egyptian lover.
I am not a mystical person. I believe in science and logic. I believe that numbers always add up the same way, and I believe in following the rules. I am agnostic, and I lean more toward atheism than theism. I am a great lover of fantasy fiction and video games, so it's not that I don't *want* to believe in magic or ghosts or past lives, it's that I'm simply not equipped to. I'll be the first to admit that I don't know everything about this sometimes-mysterious world we inhabit, and neither do I think humanity as a whole has even scratched the surface of all there is to know...but I have to say, I'm very skeptical about all of this.
And so I spent much of this book entertained but still convinced Omm Sety was off her nut. But, assuming the book doesn't contain flat-out lies, there were enough inexplicable goings on that my doubt came to the fore, and I almost convinced myself more than once that this lady really did have a window into the past. I can say this much: should future investigations prove some of her theories correct, I'll be thrilled. Which isn't to say that I'd necessarily believe she'd had a past life as a priestess, but it would go along way toward convincing me that, wherever her knowledge came from, there was more to her than met the eye.
Well, regardless of whether you think she was a total crank or the reincarnated spirit of 19th Dynasty priestess Bentreshyt, she WAS incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of ancient Egypt and one cannot say she didn't put her money where her mouth was, given that she chose to live in abject poverty so as to be closer to her temple and her work. If Egypt is a subject that interests you, well...biographies on the topic really don't get more unusual or interesting than this, you know? No matter what the truth is, I'm very glad to have read it.
The author does a fantastic job of mixing third-person story-telling, diary entries and first person accounts to give you a multi-dimensional view of Omm-Sety and her life. It was not at all boring non-fiction.
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Highly recommend it to those interested in Ancient Egyptian History, etc.