In July after the episode was aired we posted on HBO Myth thread about the Egyptian Ka. In this episode (S5E7) Lafayette said to Jesus in Arlene’s and Terry’s wedding video:
“‘Cause I is who I is. Ka, bitch, ka.”
The ancient Egyptians believed that a human soul was made up of five parts: the Ren (name), the Ba (soul, vital personality), the Ka (vital spark), the Sheut (shadow) and the Ib (heart). The Ka was the Egyptian concept of vital essence, that which distinguishes the difference between a living and a dead person, with death occurring when the ka left the body. The Egyptians believed that Khnum created the bodies of children on a potter’s wheel and inserted them into their mothers’ bodies. Depending on the region, Egyptians believed that Heket or Meskhenet was the creator of each person’s Ka, breathing it into them at the instant of their birth as the part of their soul that made them be alive. This resembles the concept of spirit in other religions.The Egyptians also believed that the ka was sustained through food and drink. The ka was often represented in Egyptian iconography as a second image of the king. The divine kas also served as guardians. Osiris was often called the ka of the pyramids. The ka could also be seen as the conscience or guide of each individual. After death the ka became supreme. In hieroglyphic system of writing, interestingly ka is represented by raised arms.