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in hieroglyphs
Hotep offering table
Part of base of basalt royal statue. Queen's feet on 9 bows before an offering table. Hotep sign at front edge. Hes vase with spouted vases and lamp. Late Period. From Egypt. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London

Hotep (ḥtp) is an Egyptian word that roughly translates as "to be at peace". It is regularly found in the names of ancient Egyptian figures such as Hotepsekhemwy (ḥr ḥtp-sḫm.wj "the two powers are at peace"), the first ruler of Egypt's Second Dynasty.[1]


Hotep is the Egyptological pronunciation of Egyptian ḥtp, which was pronounced differently over time. Cuneiform texts during the New Kingdom period suggest the contemporary pronunciation of /hátap/ for the verb, which eventually became Coptic ϩⲁⲧⲡ/ϩⲟⲧⲡ hatp/hotp "be content" and ϩⲱⲧⲡ hōtp "be reconciled".[2][3]


Hotep is rendered in hieroglyphs as an altar/offering table (Gardiner sign R4). It has special semantic meanings in the Ancient Egyptian offering formula, also known as the ḥtp-dj-nsw formula, to refer to the "boon given by the king", or the food and goods on which a dead soul was supposed to subsist during the afterlife.[4]

The phrase m ḥtp has been translated to mean literally "at peace" or living the life in balance (Maat).[5][6][7]

Hotep movement[edit]

In recent years[when?], a Black nationalist new religious movement has emerged that calls itself Hotep. Followers of the Hotep movement are African-American and follow an Afrocentric version of Kemetism with the claim that the ancient Egyptian pharaohs were black.[citation needed]

Pharaonic names with hotep[edit]

List of pharaohs with "hotep" as part of their name:

Other names with hotep[edit]

List of non-pharaonic people with "hotep" as part of their name:

In popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Egyptian kings - Hotepsekhemwy, Hetepsekhemwy, Bedjau, Boethos". 
  2. ^ "Coptic Dictionary Online". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  3. ^ Allen, James P. (2013-07-11). The Ancient Egyptian Language: An Historical Study. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107032460. 
  4. ^ Gardiner, Alan. (1957). Egyptian Grammar, Third Edition, p. 170. Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. ISBN 0-900416-35-1.
  5. ^ "NiankhkhnumKhnumhotep Names United". 
  6. ^ Branney, Sean (1988). Strange Eons (PDF). 2, Issue 10. Retrieved July 16, 2006. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2006-07-16. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived January 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Rudy Aunk (November 29, 2007). "What is the Meaning of Hotep?". The Cultural Health News Blog. Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  10. ^ Angelica Jade Bastién (October 16, 2016). "'Insecure' Season 1, Episode 2: Failure to Change". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Faulkner, William (1991). Middle Egyptian. Griffith. ISBN 0-900416-32-7. :
    p 159 hrt = "peace", hrw = "pleasing, be pleased, satisfied";
    p 179 htp = "altar, offering, boon which the king grants, be pleased, be happy, be gracious, pardon, be at peace, be peaceful, become calm"
    p 180 "rest, satisfy, make content, htpw peace, contentment, good pleasure, make peace, htpt peace, contentment. To put to rest disputes, and settle the complaints of petitioners be peaceful, calm, make peace".

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