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The extraordinary story of a modern British woman who was able to prove that she lived in Ancient Egypt: Was Dorothy Eady Really the Pharaoh’s Lover?

The extraordinary story of a modern British woman who was able to prove that she lived in Ancient Egypt: Was Dorothy Eady Really the Pharaoh's Lover? 1

On January 16, 1904, in a suburb of south London, a beautiful girl named Dorothy was born to parents of Irish descent. When Dorothy was three years old, while playing in the family home, she fell from the top of the basement stairs, hit her head on the ground, and fell into a coma. The family doctor announced that Dorothy had died and asked that they prepare her for the funeral.

Despite her parents’ shock, Dorothy emerged from her coma naturally and in good health.

Of course, she surprised everyone when she woke up. But this surprise increased when she began speaking with a strong foreign accent and began asking to be “taken home.” It seems that the accident was the beginning of the incredible – the moment of discovery of the ability to remember a past life.

Dorothy grew up in a Christian home and attended church regularly as a child. But one day, during a trip to the British Museum with her parents, she came across a photograph in the exhibition hall of a New Kingdom temple and exclaimed:

“This is my home! But where are the trees? Where are the gardens?”

The temple belonged to Seti I, the father of Ramesses the Great.

She couldn’t understand why there was no vegetation around the temple, but she recognized monuments and other artifacts in the halls of the Egyptian collection. She reverently kissed the feet of the statues, an incident which prompted her father to keep her away from the museum so as not to disturb visitors.

When she was ten years old, she attracted the attention of the famous English archaeologist, Wallis Budge, who noticed her strong passion for Egyptian antiquities. He encouraged her to study the history of Ancient Egypt.

Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge.
Sir Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge.

Budge volunteered to teach Dorothy hieroglyphs and he was amazed at the speed with which she learned the complex writing of the land of the pyramids. When he expressed his amazement to her, she said that she simply remembered what she had learned earlier.

Despite his skepticism, she still insisted that the knowledge came from a long time ago and that in her previous life she was part of the court of Pharaoh Seti I. She told him about a dream in which she saw Seti I come to her in dream and begged her… to come home.

She claimed that he made her remember her past life. Over time, she turned more and more to the ancient religion and ceased to feel attached to Christianity.

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Ancient Egyptian priests.

By 1927 the family had moved to London, allowing Dorothy to indulge her Egyptomania. She went to art school and specialized in ancient art. During this time, she met a young Egyptian named Imam Abdul Majid, who also came to study. The relationship between them developed, and three years later they got married. She gave birth to a boy, whom she decided to name Seti.

This marriage became a ticket to her beloved Egypt, where she became an English teacher.

In 1933, she visited Egypt for the first time with her husband and, as soon as she landed in Port Said, she bent down to the ground and wet the pier with tears.

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Later, her husband received an offer to work in Iraq, but she refused to leave her homeland, Egypt, and the couple divorced in 1935. Apparently, the husband took Sethi’s child with him, since all the sources discussing her did not mention a child.

In her unfinished autobiography, Dorothy recounted apparitions of the god Ra-Horahuti, who revealed to her that she had once been an Egyptian woman named Bentreshit (“Harp of Joy”), whose father served in the army and whose mother worked as a vegetable vendor during the reign of King Seti I (1290 -1279 BC). After the death of her mother, her father could not bear the hardships of raising her and sent her to the temple of Abydos to work as a priestess in the service of God.

At the age of 12, Bentreshit declared that she would become a consecrated virgin, but a few years later she met Pharaoh Seti I. They became lovers and Bentreshit became pregnant. Unfortunately, the fate of the lovers was not happy. The high priest of the temple told her that the situation was an insult to the gods and would cause a lot of problems for the pharaoh, so Bentreshit decided to commit suicide.

After the divorce, Dorothy moved to live in the Nazlat al-Samman area, near the Pyramids of Giza. I drew a lot. Surprising many, she performed strange rituals in front of the pyramids.

At that time, the famous archaeologist Dr. Salim Hasan (1868-1961), who was conducting excavations in the Giza region, heard about it. He hired her as an artist for his archaeological group.

Thus, she became the first woman to work in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities. After completing her work with Dr. Hassan’s team, she continued to work with archaeologist Dr. Ahmed Fakhri, in the Dahshur region.

In 1956, she decided to answer the call of her soul and travel to the south of Egypt, namely El Araba El Madfuna, a village near Abydos:

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She told local archaeologists that this place was her home but of course, they didn’t believe her. Then she asked them for several recently discovered, not yet translated inscriptions and easily, without a single mistake, translated them. This surprised her and she was called an “eccentric lady.”

The matter was not limited to amazement; Dorothy also faced rejection from the village women, who feared the impact of her beauty on their husbands. More than once they wanted to stone her, but she continued to insist that she was at home, in her homeland and it will stay that way.

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Dorothy Louise Eady.

Eventually, through the help of Dr. Salim Hasan, she obtained a job at the Temple of Abydos, where she became known as Omm (Umm) Seti.

She built a house near the Pega Gorge. According to ancient beliefs, this gorge contains one of the portals to the Underworld. Omm Sethi believed that she had finally returned home.

Many scientists also believed in her story. Her life in Abydos was full of cooperation with Egyptologists, who, amazed at her knowledge of the area, asked her for help.

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She knew the contents of religious papyri even before she read them. Her descriptions of monuments, reliefs and other things she saw in her previous life have been repeatedly confirmed by excavations. She also told other researchers what prayers and rituals looked like. Edie had knowledge that was unavailable to specialists who had worked in Egypt for many years.

She has self-published several books. The most important subject of her work was, of course, the temple of Seti I at Abydos. She helped discover the garden where she believed she first met Seti I. Excavations revealed an area that looked exactly as she described in her memories.

By the way, according to Omm Seti, she knew where Nefertiti’s tomb was located.

“One day I asked His Majesty where it was. He said: Why do you want to know? I said I would like it to be dug up, and he said: “No, you don’t have to.” We don’t want anything else to become known about this family.” But he told me where it was, forbidding me to tell others.

Over the decades, Dorothy has inspired many explorers. Her stories of life and death during Seti I also touched many hearts. Based on her words, many discoveries were made.

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Reliefs from the temple at Abydos.

Every morning and evening she visited the temple to say prayers. She even turned one of the temple rooms into a personal office, where she did her work and became friends with a cobra, which she regularly fed, to the constant alarm of the guards.

Omm Seti impressed Egyptologists with her knowledge of Ancient Egypt. An archaeologist from the Institute of Oriental Studies commented that “she had visions and worshiped ancient Egyptian gods. But she understood the methods and standards of science, which is not usually the case with nuts.”

Dorothy Eady died at the age of 81 and was buried in the Coptic cemetery at Abydos. She believed that death would allow her to be reunited with her lover. Even now, researchers are still trying to prove that she was a liar who somehow gained access to the latest literature and had excellent acting skills.

Omm Seti may have attracted many because of her past life story, but it was her achievements and knowledge in her current life that made her reincarnation case one of the most compelling.

Whether you’re skeptical or not, the Omm Seti case is a remarkable example of reincarnation. She was highly respected in the highest echelons of the Egyptological community and demonstrated incredible knowledge where the source was not always clear.

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