The Legend of Kun’Re
By: Elise Weikel, staff writer
In the hot Egyptian sun Hatmenhotep scoured the sands for water. He was supposed to be along the Nile. Now he was lost and on the verge of passing out. He lay there and said, “O Re, I am lost. Please help.” Just then, a hawk flew down to his left side. “Horus!” He sat up. “Where am I to find water?” The hawk flew up and to the left. He followed it and came to an abandoned tent near the Nile. “O, Horus, I thank you, ten fold!” He crawled in side and saw many Egyptian delicacies. He ate noisily and then took a nap shortly afterwards.
When he awoke there was an Eagle-headed goddess in front of him. “…” She didn’t speak. Hatmenhotep bowed “Please, goddess, tell me your name. I will tell Pharaoh Akhenaton all about you! He will surely love this shelter you have made.” The goddess nodded and grabbed her staff from the cloth wall. It had an ankh on the top of it and 3 rods on the very bottom. “I am Kun’Re, goddess of shelter, I made this tent for weary Egyptians who need rest during their travels.” Hatmenhotep stood up and said calmly, “Come.” Kun’Re followed Hatmenhotep to the large city of Thebes. They reached the royal palace and Hatmenhotep whispered “Stay in this underground chamber. I will come for you soon so I may present you to the pharaoh.” Kun’Re climbed in the large, muddy, damp chamber.
Hatmenhotep closed the lid and poked a giant hole into the top with his scribe tool. He then went to the Pharaoh Akhenaton and closed the door behind him. Akhenaton straightened his back and spoke clearly, “What did you bring me this time? A “moon rock” or, let me guess, a “lost” piece of the sphinx?” Hatmenhotep was his collector. “No, sir. This is something quite extraordinary! It is a…” Hatmenhotep stopped, “Excuse me.” Akhenaton put his head on his hand and excused him. Hatmenhotep went outside and looked in the chamber for Kun’Re. She was there. “Well, I can’t bring you to him.
He doesn’t want us to believe in Osiris, Isis, and all the other gods! But I can bring you to the next pharaoh. Maybe he’ll accept the old religion and then I can present you to him.” Kun’Re smiled, “Until then I will stay with the trusted priest, Atenamon.” Hatmenhotep sat down on his knees. “Goodbye, then.” He bowed, “Kun’Re, Goddess of Shelter.”
As Kun’Re snuck into Atenamon’s room Hatmenhotep went back to Akhenaton with a bundled up thing in his hand. “What is it this time?” Akhenaton sounded bored.
Hatmenhotep unraveled the piece of art. “A treasure. The Eye of Kun’Re”. Akhenaton blinked “Well, hmm. Inlaid with gold. Very nice.”
In Atenamon’s chamber Kun’Re waited for 2 years. When Tutankhamen (King Tut) became heir to the throne, Hatmenhotep came leading the Goddess of Shelter to him. “This is the goddess I found. Her name is Kun’Re” Tutankhamen sat back. “Wow, a new goddess. This will surely bring back our religion!”
Tutankhamen announced the new goddess and people all over Egypt cheered. In two minutes the marketplace was packed with people buying The Eye of Kun’Re and a statue of her. One artisan even made replicas of her staff.
This era of happiness ended soon when the Kushites invaded Egypt and replaced Kun’Re and other Egyptian gods with Kushite gods. When this happened the Egyptians revolted and refused to worship their gods. But they forgot all about Kun’Re. She sat in the Temple of the gods and waited… for a hymn, a prayer, or even an offering. But she was forgotten like a tiny pile of sand.
Kun’Re still waits for something. But nothing ever comes to her, the Egyptians threw away the replicas of her staff and the statues. But one little girl still gives her hope, Hatmenhotep’s daughter, who heard her father tell the story of being saved one day long ago.