The Ascension of the Divine Cow
Otherwise known as Moomas.
It’s the modern Kemetic holiday celebrated during the month of December. I saw “modern” because, much like Christmas, it was implemented as an alternative to current celebrations going on at the same time.
The myth behind Christmas is that it’s the day that the Christ child was born, thus ushering in a new era of love and connectedness to God. It represents the birth of a way for humanity to be saved from destruction and death.
The myth behind Moomas mirrors that: the world was loveless. Ra ruled over humanity (basically as the first Pharaoh), and the people decided to rise against him. Ra sent out the warrior Goddess Sekhmet to get vengeance on those that would seek to overthrow Ra.
Once the bad had been rooted out, those left prayed to Ra for forgiveness. He called Sekhmet back; however, she was so consumed by her bloodlust and vengeance that she couldn’t stop. Ra tricked her by dying beer red to mimic blood. When she woke, she saw the beer, thought it was blood, and drank it until she couldn’t hunt anymore.
When she hadn’t killed anyone for 24 hours, she came back to Ra, who transformed her into the Goddess of love, Hathor. Basically giving love the power over vengeance and anger and hate.
Then, to make sure that nothing like this would ever happen again, Ra took Hathor up into the heavens so that even after death, we will all know love.
Moomas is a time to celebrate love. It’s a time to celebrate forgiveness.
KO implemented this holiday a few years ago to give the Kemetic Orthodox faith a holiday that they could celebrate during this holiday season, since there isn’t any major event that really happens during this time.
I would almost say it’s akin to the organization of Christianity where the early Church put Christmas during December to rival the pagan celebrations going on at the time to make it easier to transition.
This year, we’ve created an idol of Hathor that we’re about to decorate. We have a special Moomas shrine/altar, and we’re going to have a special meal with cider that I’m going to dye red like it is in the myth. I’m looking forward to it.
Ever year, we add a little bit to our traditions, so we’re working building it up into our full celebration.
Now, KO set the holiday to be four days after the Solstice, but that falls on Christmas a lot of the time, so we’re celebrating early on the Solstice instead. I think, when it comes down to it, we’ll probably end up celebrating on the Solstice every year.
I love this holiday, actually. I love the story. I love what it represents. I love the forgiveness and the triumph over vengeance and evil. I love the hope I get from it that things will turn out for the best because love will win out.
I also had the privilege of sharing my faith and the faith of Neo-American Paganism with the elementary youth in my church this past weekend. It was awesome to tell the story of Moomas and then compare it to that of the story of Jesus’ birth. The kids really got into it and then we made suns using our hands to make the sun rays and once that was finished, there was a coloring page for Hathor.
Next week, we’re looking at Islam and Christmas story.
With as busy as we have been here, we’ve been working each year by adding in more and more traditions to our big celebrations. Right now, we celebrate The Days Upon The Year and Wep Ronpet (August 1 – 6) and Moomas (December 21/22, for us).
Eventually, I want to add in the Wag Festival (late August), Opet (Late September), and Osirian Mysteries, which are in November.