The Okasha Institute of Psychiatry Logo

The Okasha Institute of Psychiatry Logo

The Ba is the logo for the Okasha Institute of  Psychiatry since it is the closest representation of the “psyche” in Pharonic times

The Ancient Egyptians believed the soul had three parts, the ka, the ba, and the akh.

The ka and ba were spiritual entities that everyone possessed, but the akh was an entity  reserved for only the select few that were deserving of maat kheru.  Their beliefs were that the living were responsible to help the dead  journey into the Afterlife.  “The living had a duty to help those who had gone before them, and to those who would come after, by building and maintaining tombs.  Tombs were the interface between time and eternity.”

The Ka

“The ka was essentially a person’s double,” it was the life force and at death it was separated from the body. The reason for extensive and elaborate preparation for the body for the afterlife was to ensure the ka had a home.  The living would leave more than just food for the deceased if possible.  They would also leave servants, weapons, jewelry, clothes, and their mummified pets, in their tomb—anything that would help them in their afterlife.

The Ba

The ba, another spiritual entity was seen as a human-headed bird hovering over the deceased or exiting the tomb in the hieroglyphics, and was the part of the soul that could travel between the worlds of the living and the dead.