The  Ritual Embrace

The Egyptian, Ritual Embrace or Sacred Embrace received as part of the ancient coronation ritual conveyed to the pharaoh the attributes and powers that allowed him to become the recognized son and god on earth.  The powers most often conveyed in the embrace was: ankh  - immortality and eternal life, was - power or priesthood, snb, - health, and djed, - stability or endurance through eternity and continued posterity.  These blessings are often signified by the individual hieroglyphic signs that represent these elements of power and blessing, conveyed through the embrace.  The sacred embrace is most often seen and depicted in the temples of Egypt immediately before entering the "Holy of Holies" or the sanctuary of the god.  The embrace is recognized by the unusual, yet unusual, stance and close proximity of the god with the pharaoh.   The feet of each participant are usually touching each other, while both hands of the god are touching or embracing the back or head of the pharaoh. The  faces are close together with an implied equality as god and man are now foot to foot, eye to eye and mouth to mouth. 

Read about the Ritual Embrace by Hugh Nibley.

Related information about the Ritual Embrace


A Coronation Embrace. 
Shu, "the Lord of Thrones," says to the new king
"I give to thee all life, strength (priesthood power), and health."
(Lanzone, Pl. 389) In Hugh Nibley's  The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri, an Egyptian Endowment, p. 242.



The last king of the 25th Dynasty receives the royal embrace from Amun-Re, who says,
"I give to thee all life and power."

The characters on the right are various symbols of embracing. The two fans flanked the king protectively when he went forth (Moret); the two parts of heaven, each with a seal, are followed by the Selkit emblem with its counterweight, which hangs on the brest to impart breath and life; the two open arms protrude from the djed-symbol of strength and endurance , thus completing the usual trio of  ankh-djed-was.
In Hugh Nibley's  The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri, an Egyptian Endowment, p. 251)


Ramses embracing the god Ptah, the creator and father, receiving immortality, eternal life, and priesthood power.


See Nibley's discussion  on the Egyptian Ritual Embrace