What Is The Chennet?

The Chennet

The Chennet was originally the Granary of Memphis Egypt. It was sacred to Ptah, the creator or builder god of Egypt. Now, with the blessings of God, I hope to rekindle that fire and to create from the ashes of the old Chennet a new storehouse of spiritual sustenance for mankind.

The Chennet features prominently in the following “coffin text” of Egypt:

“Whether I live or die I am Osiris,
I enter in and reappear through you,
I decay in you, I grow in you,
I fall down in you, I fall upon my side.
The gods are living in me for I live and grow in the corn
that sustains the Honoured Ones.
I cover the earth,
whether I live or die I am Barley.
I am not destroyed.
I have entered the Order,
I rely upon the Order,
I become Master of the Order,
I emerge in the Order,
I make my form distinct,
I am the Lord -of the Chennet (Granary of Memphis?)
I have entered into the Order,
I have reached its limits. . . .”

It is important to remember that symbolism is the oldest form of language, and as such, it speaks to us more deeply and more completely than simple words ever could. In this text, the Chennet is a storehouse of grain, the Staff of Life, that which feeds the multitudes and grants them the ability to continue their lives. It is also well known that Ptah was the overseer of the Chennet, because it was through Him that all the world was made, that growth was possible and that, because of him, mankind was saved.

This is not to say that we must turn to the old ways and call our Great God Ptah or Amun, or Ra or any other name coined by the priesthood of Ancient Egypt. God by any name is still God. However, the ancients did have wisdom that we have here-to-fore forgotten. It is my hope that I may, through my understanding of the ways of our fathers, breathe new life into the teachings of old and re-introduce the teachings of the Chennet into our daily lives. May God see fit to make me a useful servant.