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Calling of the Sheut

The Ancient Egyptians believed that a human 
existence was comprised of many distinct parts,
all of which were necessary to form a whole being:

Khat - physical body
Ka - vital force
Ab - center of thought
Ren - true name
Ba - character
Sheut - shadow

All elements of a person were highly regarded
but the Sheut was of great import. The Sheut was 
cast by the Sun which was revered by the Egyptians
and influenced much of their culture. Additionally,
the shadow was always in company of the person 
from whom it was cast so it was considered to hold 
characteristics of that individual. Furthermore, the 
shadow was visible like the physical form. These
views led the Egyptians to consider the Sheut
to be a second self.

To keep the Sheut safe, protective accommodations
known as shadow boxes were kept by each individual
to provide it a place of residence.

Although viewed as a component of its owner, it 
was also seen as a separate style of existence. 
This brought forth the use of 'Sheut' as a term to 
describe statues or paintings of a human. This 
artwork was usually depicted as a small human 
figure outlined or filled in with black.
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