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Dorothy Eady: The Reincarnation of Omm Sety Priestess of the Nile

Nell has been interested in reincarnation for many years. She is also studying genetic memory.

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A Very Special Little Girl

On the banks of the Nile, near an ancient temple built to the god Osiris by Pharaoh Seti I, lived an elderly English woman. But this was no ordinary lady. Dorothy Eady 'died' at the age of three, and when she woke up, her life had changed forever. She was convinced that she had once been born across the sea in ancient Egypt. She claimed that she had been an Egyptian Princess.

Many young children tell the story of past lives. Parents tend to put it down as imagination or telling tales. But in the case of Dorothy Eady, her reincarnation story wasn't so easy to dismiss.

She insisted that she had been a woman named Bentreshyt. She went on to claim that she had served at the court of King Seti. Her strange journey into the distant past, which she described in 1973, began as a child after she fell down a stairway and was declared dead by the family doctor.

Dorothy Eady old age

Dorothy Eady old age

Dorothy was born in 1904 into a wealthy family from South London, England. Her life was very much like anyone else's until that fateful day when she fell down the stairs. Strangely, her parents and even the family doctor declared her dead. It was only when the doctor returned with a nurse to check her over that he found that the little girl was very much alive and well.

Soon after, Dorothy took to hiding under tables and behind furniture. Her strange behaviour didn't stop there. Instead of turning back into the little girl that she was before the accident, her actions become even more bizarre.

She bewildered her parents with demands to be taken home. On another occasion, when her parents took her to visit the British Museum in London, Dorothy's behaviour became even more bizarre when they entered the Egyptian Galleries. Among the Mummies of Ancient Egypt were statues of all the Egyptian gods and goddesses.

For no apparent reason, Dorothy rushed up to them and began kissing the feet of the statues.

Then to her parents' horror, she began screaming in a voice that sounded strange and old. the words that came out of her mouth stunned them.

Dorothy stated that she wanted to be left 'with my people'.  The British Museum The British Museum

On a separate occasion, Dorothy was shown a photo of the temple built by Seti I. She immediately told her father that the temple was her real home, a conviction she never lost as she got older.

She then went on to claim that she had known Seti and that he was a kindly man. As her convictions grew, Dorothy began to learn how to read hieroglyphics at the British Museum.

She astounded her teacher with her ability to learn the symbols easily.

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Dorothy explained to her that actually, she wasn't learning a new language, just revising the old language that she had forgotten.

Her behaviour didn't just affect her parents. There were many times when her insistence that she was the reincarnation of Omm Sety caused her and her parents embarrassment.

Her Sunday School teacher, at her wit's end, asked Dorothy's parents to keep her away from the class purely because she was upsetting the other children.

On one occasion, Dorothy compared Christianity with 'heathen Ancient Egyptian'. Heathen, in this sense, meant pagan or of the earth.

She then refused to sing any Hymns that inferred derogatory names aimed at Egyptians, such as, 'curse the swart Egyptians'.

Her regular visits to Mass by the Catholic Church were terminated because she kept referring to it as 'liking to the Old Religion'.

After a bombing raid during World War 1, Dorothy went to live with her grandmother in Sussex.

Here she continued her study of Ancient Egypt. As she grew older, she became fascinated with archaeological sites and began to collect Egyptian Antiquities.

By the time Dorothy was living in Portsmouth after working at Plymouth Art School, she took part in various Egyptian roles, such as drama and singing. At one time, she actually took on the role of Isis and sang the lamentation to Osiris at his death.

At the age of 27, Dorothy started work in London at an Egyptian Magazine. Here she wrote articles supporting Egyptian politics and independence.

It was during this time that she met her husband, Eman Abdel Meguid, an Egyptian student.

In 1931, Dorothy moved to Egypt, and on arriving, she knelt down and kissed the ground. Then she announced that she had come home to stay.

She went on to have a son with Eman, and she named him, not surprisingly, Sety. Hence the name that she was given. Omm Sety, or mother of Sety.

Bentreshyt: Dorothy Eady's Previous Incarnation

Dorothy reported visitations of a spirit named Hor-Ra. he told her the story of her first life or previous incarnation.

Evidently, she had been called Bentreshyt. Bentreshyt was of humble origin. her mother was a vegetable seller, and her father a soldier. This was the time of Seti (1290 BC – 1279 BC)

When she was three years old, her mother died, and she was placed in the Temple of Kom El Sultan.

There she became a Priestess.

At twelve years old, she took the vows to become a 'Consecrated Virgin'.

Over the next couple of years, Bentreshyt acted in various plays about the gods. One day Seti visited her, and they became lovers.

When she became pregnant, she told the High Priest, and to her horror, she was told that it was a sentence of death to break her vows.

Bentreshyt committed suicide instead of waiting for the sentence to be carried out.

Over the years, Dorothy worked as an archaeological research assistant. Then after the break up of her marriage, Dorothy moved to Abydos. By this time, it was 1956, and she was 52 years old.

This was the time that Dorothy began to be known locally as Omm Sety, as the village people always named a woman after the firstborn.

And this is where her knowledge was tested.

Would her previous life be proved? Was Dorothy really the reincarnation of the Priestess of the Nile?

Abydos was a special place for Dorothy. This is where she believed that as a young girl, thousands of years ago, she had lived, worked and loved. Then met her tragic death.

The location was powerful. Not only to Dorothy, who remembered her past, but to others eager to test the theories of her past life.

On one of her trips to the Temple of Seti, where she believed she had worshipped thousands of years ago, the chief inspector from the Antiquities Department, who knew of her claims, decided to test her theories about reincarnation. Was she real? Had her soul travelled through time to become the Omm Sety who they knew today?

Asking her to stand near a particular wall painting in near darkness, the inspector told her to identify them according to her previous lifetimes' memories.

The answer to the question of whether she had retained her memories was simple.

It was yes. The paintings and markings had never been published in an Egyptian book, magazine or anywhere else in the world. Not only did she know the answers, but she told them things that they hadn't even discovered for themselves.

Either Dorothy was a great liar or a good con artist. Or she was telling the truth.  Temple of Seti I paintings Temple of Seti I paintings

Without Doubt

Along with her knowledge of ancient paintings and wall art, she went on to translate difficult pieces and works of art that even the most hardened of scientific minds found difficult.

Her astonishing memory, skill, and knowledge of the language of Egypt were a great help to the archaeologists who were working at the site.

Then came the moment when there could be no more doubt in her abilities and her previous life.

Each morning and night, Dorothy would go to the Temple to pray. On the birthdays of Isis and Osiris, she would observe the ancient food ceremonies and bring offerings of beer, wine, and bread.

On this particular day, Dorothy said that when she was Bentreshyt, the Temple used to have a wonderful garden where she would sit and meditate and would meet and talk to Sety.

At that time, there was no sign of a garden.

Then, whilst staying in Abydos, archaeologists unearthed something amazing. It was a garden. And not only a garden.

It was placed in the same location, exactly, as Dorothy had said. Surely this was proof of reincarnation?

Over the years, Omm Sety, or Dorothy, continued to live and work in the area. The locals came to trust her and asked her for her medical knowledge and listen to stories told about the time of Seti.

Whether the West believed her or not, the local people did. And surely it must be their thoughts that we should take into consideration. They would know more about their own country than outsiders.

Over the years, Omm Sety, Dorothy or Bentreshyt, whatever you want to call her, worked her magic with the local people, the media, and the archaeologists.

Did they believe that she was the reincarnation of Bentreshyt, a local girl from 1290 BC? I believe many people did.

Of course, there will always be skeptics.

Dorothy died on 21 April 1981. her body was interred in an unmarked grave facing west, outside a Coptic cemetery in Abydos. Unlike the burial she had asked for, a tomb in the manner of the ancients.  Dorothy Eady Dorothy Eady

My Thoughts

There is so much information about Dorothy and her reincarnation to Omm Sety. The intrigue and magical quality of her story make me believe that surely there must be something in the amazing belief that she really was a young girl reincarnated into recent times.

Along with the knowledge of the paintings that were undocumented at that time, to the discovery of the gardens in the Temple of Seti.

But what if it was all based on a dream she had as a child? Had she seen books and magazines about ancient Egypt? Did something catch her eye and fill her with wonder at the amazing statues in the British Museum?

Surely, over the years in England and then Egypt, she would have acquired lots of information that would have only added to her belief that she really was here for the second time. Her easy knowledge of learning the language and her further translations may well have just given her more information that she may have believed was coming from her own mind or soul.

I don't think we will ever really know.

But to be honest, if there really is such a thing as a travelling of the soul, reincarnation, or something else we may not even have thought of, Dorothy Eady was definitely a very special lady.

I, for one, would love to believe that our souls transmigrate into other people. What a wonderful thing that would be.

Omm Sety ancient egyptian woman mother of sety

Omm Sety ancient egyptian woman mother of sety

© 2013 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on July 01, 2019:

Trust me Brian, I totally understand! lol! Sometimes I want to throw the computer out the window, LOL!

brian from uk on July 01, 2019:

No but I did write my interiptation of meditation practice on this Web site but it got regejection it said it had got spammy elements I did not know what they were talking about I looked at it several time it looked ok to me maybe a few spelling mistakes so I gave up computers are not human so what do they now they don't have feeling or sensations or get inspired sorry if it sounds down I'm not bothered really you just have carry on sounds like a comedy to me

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 30, 2019:

Hi Brian, that sounds fascinating! Have you written about them?

brian from uk on June 28, 2019:

I really enjoyed that read unfortunately I beleave I am a new soul as I have memories of totally different existance but fab story

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 11, 2019:

Thanks so much Perry, I am so glad you liked it.

Perry on February 10, 2019:

That was a very good story. Thank you very much! Makes you wonder if that was a blessing or a curse?

Wonder what her life would have been like if she hadn't of died the 1st time.

Very good thank you! :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 02, 2019:

Thank you Beatriz.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2018:

Thanks for your opinion. But its a proved story. Have a great day.

Ligma Balls on December 11, 2018:

I think that this is just another conspiracy theory.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 09, 2018:

Thanks Isabel, yes I totally believe too!

Isabel Washington from Bath, PA on June 09, 2018:

I love this article, great job. I personally believe in reincarnation a 100%, I was told once that I have an old soul, and I have been a medicine woman in one of my past life. I have never looked into it but I think I definitely would look into now.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 13, 2017:

Thank you ilsa for such a lovely comment. Yes I totally believe, whatever anybody says this cannot be any other answer can it? thanks for reading.

Ilsa Metzger Freiman on November 12, 2017:

I am so stunned over the story of Dorothy of course she was reincarnate she knew so much nd did so much work in Egypt I truly believe in reincarnation .

I honestly think some people have to come bak for a reason wonderful stories I really enjoy reading them thank u so much

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 29, 2017:

Thanks Donell, yes its pretty intriguing isn't it? And something I hadn't thought of. Thanks for your comment.

Donell West on August 29, 2017:

Oddly she always used Greek names. During the times of Seti (19th Dynasty) no one described anything or any person with Greek names. States she was visited by Hor Ra, another name (Hor) that is Greek. She calls the land Egypt yet states she knew Seti. She learned hieroglyphics from E.A. Wallace and seen the picture of the Temple of Seti at the British museum where she frequently visited. Last but most important, she see's no difference in the people of modern Egypt and ancient Egypt. The invasions of persian people (Arab), followed by Alexander changed the people of Egypt. Looking at the real Seti and his sons carved in stone, they look very different than those of modern Egypt. I believe in reincarnation, but today if Seti awoke, he wouldn't know what or where "Egypt" is. To me that's more of egyptologist talk than reincarnation.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 04, 2017:

Thanks Armando, updated the date, and yes I really do believe! I think reincarnation is a fascinating subject and one people should study more, thanks for reading.

Armando on May 03, 2017:

FYI Dorothy Eady was born in 1904... This is an incredibly interesting article. Do you believe you were reincarnated? I do... :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 04, 2016:

Thanks Charlene, maybe you should book a session with a regression therapist? if you do will you come back and tell me? thanks

charlene on September 03, 2016:

Wow, amazing stories! I would like to believe in reencarnation, too. I have been to places that seems familiar to me.

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 26, 2016:

Thanks Peartree, yes its the stuff that can be proven that really blows my mind, isn't it? unless of course there are other explanations that we haven't thought of yet! thanks so much for reading, nell

Peartree. From Australia on June 25, 2016:

It is amazing how these cases seem to be a proof of having lived before. They would seem to be just stories, or imagination, were it not for the facts that these people appear to remember, like Dorothy's knowing where the temple garden was, and what the paintings were.

Nell Rose (author) from England on November 05, 2015:

Good point dressie, yes maybe she did?

dressie on November 05, 2015:

I wonder if she ever touched on the building of the Pyramid's or other mysteries of the time?

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 27, 2015:

Thanks again Kristen :)

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 27, 2015:

My pleasure Nell. I see it if I believe it. Yep it's pretty weird to me.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 27, 2015:

Hi Kristen,thanks so much for reading, yes its pretty weird isn't it? if there is such a thing as reincarnation then this is definitely the real proof! thanks, nell

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 25, 2015:

This was a mind-blowing and puzzling hub of yours, Nell. Real interesting, too. The H in her for her body should be capitalized. Voted up!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 09, 2015:

Thanks aesta, glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 07, 2015:

This is so interesting. I have not really known someone who has knowledge of who is she a reincarnation of.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 08, 2015:

Hi Prabhjot, I am sure they just either kept away from her, or thought she was a dotty old lady but she was amazing wasn't she? thanks for reading, nell

Prabhjot from Delhi, India on February 08, 2015:

Very interesting hub........ After reading about Omm Sety, I just can't stop thinking about how did she manage when people might have thought that she was mad..... she was for sure a strong woman and proved herself by contributing so much for the place that was her home in her previous life. Awesome.....

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 07, 2015:

Hi Pollyanna, she was amazing wasn't she? I love these kind of stories, makes you realise that something strange is going on! thanks for reading, nell

Pollyanna Jones from United Kingdom on February 07, 2015:

What a terrific article! I had not heard this story, and it is absolutely fascinating. She must have been an amazing lady to talk to about the past.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 07, 2015:

Hi Jodah, thanks so much for reading, no I haven't heard of him! now you got my attention! lol! thanks, I will go and take a look, have a great day!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 07, 2015:

This is another fascinating hub From you Nell. It is difficult to dismiss reincarnation after reading the facts and evidence presented here and in your other articles. I believe Dorothy was Omm Sety and lived a past life. Have you heard of Arigo "the surgeon of the rusty knife"..?..If not I recommend you Google him, you will be amazed at his story. Voted this up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 06, 2015:

Hi Deb, yes history was so intertwined back then, and still now in places, and Dorothy was definitely the real deal where reincarnation was concerned, there is no argument there is there? people want proof, well here it is in its full glory! lol! thanks as always, nell

Debra Allen from West By God on February 06, 2015:

This is so interesting and awesome. I am a firm believer that reincarnation exists. I have her other book Embracing The Light. It is a really good book full of interviews of others who have experienced their reincarnations. I, too, hate to see Christianity oppose the Egyptian empire. Notice most of the Bible is about Egypt ...getting out of it and how horrible it was but then you read the Ten Commandments and they match the precepts in The Book Of The Dead. Too much coincidences and such between the two Jews and Egyptians in those days.

Nell Rose (author) from England on February 06, 2015:

Hi Nadine, thanks so much for reading, yes she was amazing wasn't she? that could not have been a fluke, she definitely was the reincarnation! and this was a long time before this sort of thing was popular to read about or write about, thanks, nell

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 06, 2015:

What an amazing story and topic. Yes i do believe that she recalled another life. I believe the our soul lives and experiences many lives besides this one. Time does not really take place but our mind Is programmed to think in a beginning, and an end.

Her accident must have shaken or torn the veil between her normal consciousness and her sub or super consciousnes.

Many thanks for this wonderful post. Voted up. Awesome

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 28, 2014:

Hi Paula, wouldn't that be great? yes you could be right, it would probably defeat the object, and of course can you imagine remembering all those you loved before? how horrible would that be? thanks as always, nell

Suzie from Carson City on August 27, 2014:

Nell....This type of story always intrigues me. Like you, I believe and I don't then I do again and then I wonder.....Yes, it would be very exciting to know for certain.

If it truly is possible for this to occur.....I would hope that we could all be totally aware of who we were, where we lived and remember all the details of our former life. Yet, somehow, that may defeat the purpose of reincarnation...........ooooooooo spooky, Nell Rose!.....Up++++

Nell Rose (author) from England on August 19, 2014:

Thanks David, glad you liked it, nell

David Stone from New York City on August 19, 2014:

Excellent research and reporting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on July 20, 2014:

Thanks Anita, it is fascinating isn't it? there is definitely something in it, scientists try to prove other reasons, but what other reason can there be? thanks as always, nell

Anita Saran from Bangalore, India on July 20, 2014:

Amazing hub. Voted up and so well written. I definitely believe in reincarnation. The Buddha said we have been born many times, even as animals. He himself recalled being an animal in many past lives. I have always been fascinated by ancient Egypt and for some years worshipped Isis because of a dream I had. In a regression, I discovered life as an Egyptian priestess with a similar end as Dorothy in her incarnation as priestess. Perhaps it really did happen since I have always been so into ancient Egypt.

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 20, 2014:

Hi Wiccan, she definitely made me more of a believer, I don't know, like anybody else, but something is definitely going on isn't it? thanks so much, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 20, 2014:

Hi mary, thanks for reading, yes a diamond back would be pretty scary to let go! lol! the bible does say strange things that never really explain it but do point the way to reincarnation, not sure who Anastasia is? thanks, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 20, 2014:

Thanks Phyllis, she certainly believed it didn't she, and the proof was there! her reincarnation was kick started so to speak by opening up the part of her brain that stored the memory! glad you liked it, nell

Mackenzie Sage Wright on May 20, 2014:

Awesome Nell Rose; love this story. She definitely helps make the case for reincarnation (which I would like to be true, but to be honest I have to admit I don't know what comes after death). Thanks for sharing, I love reading your hubs.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 20, 2014:

Here's my take on reincarnation: The Bible tells us we will live forever and ever. I don't think it says we can't come back as another person or animal, etc. I never kill or harm any living thing (unless it is a diamond back rattler). It may be my Grandmother!

This story reminds me of the story of Anastasia in a way.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on May 20, 2014:

Nell, I so enjoyed reading about Dorothy Eady/Om Sety. I believe her claims were real, that she had been the priestess of a former time. What a fascinating person she was. I am so glad I spotted and read this hub. Very well done. Up ++++ and shared.

Nell Rose (author) from England on September 14, 2013:

Hi lyric, thanks so much. yes she is a fascinating woman isn't she? It would be great if it was true, but sadly I don't think it can ever be proved one way or another, but I hope its true! lol! thanks!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on September 14, 2013:

Nell, another great article as usualy my dear:) I love the topic and I love this story. We may never know if this is possible, but as you stated, there's certain elements that certainly make it possible. I'd like to think that we'll have another chance down the road, makes accepting mistakes easier. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared on FB. Great research Nell. Best wishes always:)

Nell Rose (author) from England on June 11, 2013:

Thanks Walter, glad you liked it, and I will go take a look at the link, thanks!

Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on June 10, 2013:

A very interesting hub, Nell Rose. Voted UABI! Wonder whether you've viewed the below YouTube video:

Nell Rose (author) from England on May 15, 2013:

Hi Lisa, yes I am sure it does give your mother comfort, and who knows? maybe she is right! yes Dorothy Eady was a fascinating woman, and someone who really does make us want to believe in reincarnation, her story is so amazing, thanks so much for reading, nell

Lisa from WA on May 15, 2013:

This is such an interesting story. I have never heard of this woman before so thanks for sharing. Reincarnation has always been a fascinating topic for me. At around eight years old, my mother told me she was convinced that I am her little sister reborn. Her sister died in a car crash at around that age and apparently I have a lot of quirks that are just like her, even though I obviously never met my aunt in my life. I don't, however, have any sort of memories or any other experience similar to those I've heard about in reincarnation stories like this one. I'm not sure if I believe it but it gives my mother comfort so I let things be and try not to question it. Great hub!