Solar Ships of RA
The Inspiration behind the piece
Ra, the Supreme Solar God was believed to traverse the sky each day in a solar barque, or sun boat, and pass through the realms of the underworld (Duat) each night on another solar barge to reappear in the east every morning. These two sun boats in which Ra was supposed to sail over heaven were called the Atet, or Matet, the boat in which he journeyed from sunrise until noon, and the Sektet boat in which he journeyed from noon until sunset. According to ancient Egyptian mythology he was attacked in the Underworld and battled against Apep, the mighty or serpent or snake god, that typified of evil and darkness. Explore the fascinating world of Sun Boat.