|Born||Dorothy Louise Eady|
16 January 1904
|Died||21 April 1981 (aged 77)|
|Other names||Omm Sety|
|Occupation||Author / draughtswoman, antiquities caretaker, folklorist|
|Known for||Early practitioner of |
Dorothy Louise Eady, also known as Omm Sety or Om Seti (16 January 1904 – 21 April 1981), was keeper of the
Dorothy Louise Eady was born in London in 1904 into an Irish lower-middle-class family as the only child to Reuben Ernest Eady, a master tailor and Caroline Mary (Frost) Eady, and raised in a coastal town. At the age of three, after falling down a flight of stairs, she began exhibiting strange behaviours, asking that she be "brought home". She also had developed the
After being taken by her parents to visit the
After a close escape during a bombing raid during World War I, she moved to her grandmother's house in Sussex. Here, she continued her study of ancient Egypt at the Eastbourne public library. When she was fifteen she described a nocturnal visit from the mummy of Pharaoh Seti I. Her behaviour, coupled with sleep walking and nightmares, led her to be incarcerated in sanatoriums several times. On leaving school at sixteen she visited museums and archaeological sites around Britain, facilitated by her father's investigations into the nationwide booming cinema industry.
Eady became a part-time student at Plymouth Art School and began to collect affordable Egyptian antiquities. During her period at Portsmouth she became part of a theatre group that on occasion performed a play based on the story of Isis and Osiris. She took the role of Isis and sang the lamentation for Osiris's death, based on
At the age of twenty-seven, she began working in London with an Egyptian public relations magazine, for which she wrote articles and drew cartoons that reflected her political support for an independent Egypt. During this period she met her future husband Eman Abdel Meguid, an Egyptian student, with whom she continued to correspond when he returned home.