Akhenaten: Egyptian Museum of Cairo by Farid Atiya

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At the end of the prescribed period he is again summoned before the shaykh. ’ The text does not disclose to the reader what they are. The secret is preserved; it is exclusively revealed by direct personal instruction. The act of initiation is here understood as a rebirth; the neophyte is like a new-born infant. He is given a new name and the initiation into knowledge turns him into a new man. The entrusted good (amana) is now handed over to him, and it is his duty to pass on his knowledge. The shaykh dismisses the youngster who returns to his village.

Again and again he addressed admonishments to them and taught them wisdom (hikma); to this end he assembled them and sat for them most of the day. Every day he would sit for the faithful, talk to them and explain, and he Halm ch2 24 20/3/01, 18:16                 1    ordered the da1is to do the same. 5 This is how the clans and tribes of the Kutama people were gradually won over for the da1wa and took the oath of allegiance to the Imam-Mahdi, whose name had not yet been made known.

The text does not disclose to the reader what they are. The secret is preserved; it is exclusively revealed by direct personal instruction. The act of initiation is here understood as a rebirth; the neophyte is like a new-born infant. He is given a new name and the initiation into knowledge turns him into a new man. The entrusted good (amana) is now handed over to him, and it is his duty to pass on his knowledge. The shaykh dismisses the youngster who returns to his village. His spiritual leader, the da1i, accompanies him to the edge of the village, where he too leaves him for ever.

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