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Hwt-Ka-Ptah, translating roughly into "Temple of the Spirit of Ptah", was a major Khemetan city that centered its cosmological importance around the Great Netjer Ptah. As Hwt-Ka-Ptah is an English transliteration of the consonantal Khemetan spelling Hwt-Ka-Pth--believed to have been pronounced "Hewt-Kah-Patah" or "Hewt-gAhp-Tah"--other spellings include: "Het-Ka-Ptah", "Hut-Ka-Ptah" and "Hi-Ku-Ptah". It was this city in which Our modern term Egypt owes its name. As linguists and historians generally agree that language barriers prevented hellenic-speaking peoples from accurately rendering the phonetics of the Khemetan language, Hwt-Ka-Ptah was hellenized into Ai-gyp-tah, and later Ai-gyp-tos. Today, it is more commonly known as "Memphis".

The Great Netjer Ptah (right), along with Tefanuwt (center) and Shu (left) symbolized the cosmogony of Akhut.[1]


Hwt-Ka-Ptah--along with Anu and uWo'se (Uwaset)--symbolized an Earthly representation of what the Khemtnu saw as the Highest Manifestations of Ptah (All Physical Manifestation), Ra (Manifestation of the Mind) and Yaman (Unseen and Quiet Concsiousness), respectively.[2] In Hwt-Ka-Ptah, it was said that the Great Netjer Ptah, also known as the "Great Engraver", was the teacher of artisans, metalworkers and builders.[3] However, remaining Conscious of the importance of Duality to the Khemtnu, Ptah is also said to be the One who fashions un-manifest ideas of the Human Mind (Yaman) into physical form.

Ptah, "The Great Engraver".


  1. "Luminous Horizon"..the Neteru that impart the spark of life through the emanation of light or fire..(Clark, pg. 57)
  2. Ashby, Pert-M-Heru..(pg. 84)
  3. Clark, Sacred Tradition..(pg. 63)


  • Ashby, Muata (2006). "The Book of Coming Forth by Day". Cruzian Mystic Books.
  • Clark, Rosemary (2000). "The Sacred Tradition in Ancient Egypt". Llewellyn Publications.
  • James, George G.M. (1954). "Stolen Legacy". African American Images.