The Ancient Egyptian cosmological treatise Amduat describes the realm which the boat of the sun god Ra traverses during the twelve hours of the night. During the New Kingdom these magical texts and representations were applied to the walls of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Already from the Old Kingdom Pyramid Texts it appears that the Duat was seen as a watery area within the body of Nut, the goddess of the sky. When Ra goes down in the West, he is swallowed up by Nut. The vanished sun then makes a difficult and invisible voyage back along the stars towards the East. The deceased Pharaoh who is equaled to the night manifestation of the sun god undergoes a regenerative process. The difficult nightly journey of the sun can be regarded as the process of pregnancy that is taking place in the body of Nut. Eventually a renewed sun will be born at dawn.

Course Fees

The course fees will be as following:

EES Members: 250

Student EES members: 200

Non- EES members: 350

Student non-members: 300

Tickets are available via the Cairo Office, [email protected] 

Course Tutor

Egyptologist Huub Pragt (1961) took his study of Egyptology at Leiden University. He did an internship in 1987 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and in 1989 he worked for the Giza Mastaba Project. After completing his studies, he worked in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. For more than ten years he was involved in education and public activities. In January 2001 he founded his own training institute 'Huub Pragt Egyptoloog'. In the years that followed, he specialized in teaching courses on hieroglyphic writing. He also wrote two novels on Ancient Egypt.
Huub Pragt is a specialist in religious texts from the New Kingdom and he is often asked to present lectures. In addition, he leads tours and short excursions in the field of ​​Ancient Egypt.
The accessibility and the way he presents his knowledge make Egypt enthusiasts become even more enthusiastic. In November 2015 Huub Pragt taught the well-received EES course ‘Stars above Egypt’ in Cairo.