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... . If myth is a failure in the first attempt, its ends and methods in the second and third are still indispensable. THE UNIFICATION OF EGYPT I would now like to use one specific set of catastrophic myths, those found in the Pyramid Texts of Old Kingdom Egypt, to ground these generalities. Egypt is one of the most conservative and unified civilizations known. In my view it was also, in its early phases, among the least riven by the split between matter and spirit which is now our danger. For the Egyptians astronomy, the precise notation of heavenly movements, was inseparable from mythology, the theory of divine motivations, for the simple reason that all heavenly bodies were divine. And mythology was equally inseparable from historiography, the precise notation of human actions, for the simple reason that all memorable human actions had divine imperatives. This unity of thought has at least one concrete determinant in the institution of kingship. Everyone knows the ethnological cliche that agricultural peoples dependent on a single great river-system need to secure political harmony over a wide area of ...
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92. Letters [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... role. I can judge his remarks which concern the Hebrew language, and I do not find him persuasive. But there are three remarks dealing with Egyptian philology: A. ? In Duk-hat-amen you make duk-hat= dah.? This is the queen of Tirhaka whom I identified with Hurria of el-Amarna; and whose queen-dowager of Egypt was called in cuneiform Dahamun (comp. Letter 41 of EA; Hall in Anatolian Studies Presented to Ramsay, 1923, p. 179). B. ? In spite of the fact that the Egyptians themselves never confused their word ? iswr (Assur) with ? isr ? i;l (Israel), you make the one equal the other.? (In my Ch. of Thutmose). C. ? In like manner the Egyptians wrote pwls;t (Philistia) and prs or prswt (Persia) and yet you equate them, a thing which no philologist would admit.? I remember to have read of Pareset invading Egypt of Ramses. The article of Macnaughton D. is: ? The use ...
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93. Briefing [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... From: SIS Chronology and Catastrophism Workshop 1989 No 1 (May 1989) Home¦ Issue Contents Briefing Death Knell for Sothic Dating source: Discussions in Egyptology 13 (1989), pp. 79-88 Nel Weggelaar and Chris Kort's 'The Calendar Reforms of Ancient Egypt' is a paper which challenges R. A. Parker's widely accepted thesis that the Egyptians used a 365 day calendar throughout most of their history. They note that there is little positive evidence in favour of Parker's contention: for the Old Kingdom we have only two inscriptions mentioning 'the five days upon the year'. This they argue does not necessarily mean five epagomenal days: an alternative explanation could be found within a lunar calendar in which feasts were celebrated for the birth of the gods on those 'five days upon the year'. During the Middle Kingdom there is unequivocal evidence for the existence of epagomenal days. But by studying the geometry of the inscriptions Weggelaar and Kort discovered the year should have been 1 day shorter than the 365 in Parker's model. Their conclusion from this was that the Middle ...
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94. Letters [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... you that Sham-gar is composed of two synonyms: Shema=étranger, voyageur (Weill p. 189) and the same meaning has our Hebrew/Canaanite ? ger ?. Weill wants to bring the XIIth dyn. closer to the XVIII and moves the XII down considerably, though he is less revolutionary with the XVIII, which he moves for 25 years only. Very interesting in R. Weill: Bases, Méthodes et Résultats de la Chronologie Egyptienne, (Original: Paris, 1926) Compléments. 1928 the resistance of the Egyptians to any change in their calendar, according to the Greeks (p. 47 of the ? compléments ?). Last not least: Richard A. Parker: The Calendars of the Ancient Egypt. Chicago, 1950. He comes to the conclusion that prior to the fourth cent. B.C. there is no evidence that any other method than observation was used to begin the month. Very important quotation from H.E. Winlock: The Origin of the Ancient Egyptian Calendar ? Proceedings of the Amer. Philosoph. Society LXXXIII ( ...
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95. Chapter V: the Yearly Path of the Sun-god [Dawn of Astronomy (Book)] [Books]
... Chapter V The Yearly Path of the Sun-god LET us, then, imagine the ancient Egyptians, furnished with the natural astronomical circle which is provided whenever there is an extended plain, engaged in their worship at sunrise, praying to the "Lord of the two Horizons." The rising (and setting) of stars we will consider later; it is best to begin with those observations about which there is the least question. In the very early observations that were made in Egypt and Babylonia, when the sun was considered to be a god who every morning got into his boat and floated across space, there was no particular reason for considering the amplitude at which the supposed boat left or approached the horizon But a few centuries showed that this rising or setting of the sun in widely varying amplitudes at different parts of the year depended upon a very definite law. We now, more fortunate than the early Egyptians, of course know exactly what this law is, and with a view of following their early attempts to grapple with the difficulties presented to ...
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96. John Holbrook [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... the dim past, but well within recorded history. The first of these events of which any remembrance remains occurred at the end of a period during which the terrestrial sky was dominated by a celestial body which the ancients called Uranus. Although the exact nature of this event is unknown, this body lost its dominant place in the terrestrial sky it may have become the planet which we now call Uranus; and Saturn took its place. (The following names were applied to Saturn by the ancients: Khima [Hebrews; Osiris [Egyptians; Baal [Assyrians and Babylonians; Chronos [Greeks and Saturn [Romans.) The period which followed this event was called hte Age of Chronos by the Greeks. Saturn was far more massive then than it is now; and it probably moved much closer to the earth then than it does now. Possibly Saturn and Jupiter formed a binary system of dark stars; and/or the earth orbited Saturn rather than the sun. During this period, it never rained on earth; men were vegetarians; and dinosaurs still ...
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97. Chapter VIII: the Earliest Solar Shrines in Egypt [Dawn of Astronomy (Book)] [Books]
... named at Heliopolis. Abydos was another of the holiest places in Egypt in the very earliest times. Since the temples and temple mounds at Abydos can be better made out than those at Heliopolis, I will take them first. The orientations given by different authors are so conflicting that no certainty can be claimed, but it is possible that at Abydos one of the mounds is not far from the amplitude shown in the tables for the sun in the Nile valley at sunset at the summer solstice. If this were so, the Egyptians who were employed in building the temple must have known exactly what they were going to do. At Heliopolis, as I have hinted, the matter is still less certain. Almost every trace of the temple has disappeared, but of remains of temenos walls in 1844, when tie site was studied by Lepsius, there were plenty. At Karnak, where both temples and temenos walls remain, we can see how closely the walls reflect the orientation of the included temples, even when they seem most liable to the suggestion of ...
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98. Granite-working In Ancient Egypt [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 137: SEP-OCT 2001 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects Granite-working In Ancient Egypt The ancient Egyptians cut and shaped limestone with ease and alacrity. The 2.5 million multiton limestone blocks in the Great Pyramid are more than ample proof of their ability to work this soft stone. But how about the polished black granite walls of the King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid and the hollowed-out sarcophagus of obdurate chocolate-colored granite in the same room? These granites are much harder than limestone and even harder than the copper saws and drills that the Egyptian stoneworkers had at their disposal. So, how did they work their granite? [No lasers allowed! The King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid is encased with multiton blocks of hard-to-work granite. For some reason the five granite slabs in the ceiling were finished on only their bottom sides. (From: Ancient Structures) As a matter of fact, there is little mystery here despite what you read in the popular magazines. The Egyptian workers simply dribbled ...
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99. Philistia Ascendant [Catastrophism & Ancient History Journal $]
... of the Sea." By the time Ramses III fought the "Prst," the Philistines might no longer have been a seagoing race. Velikovsky suggests that the Exodus cata-strophe had an especially heavy impact on maritime activity (Ages in Chaos, 113). For hundreds of years geological aftershocks and disturbances made it dangerous to sail the seas. Philistines traded in their ships for shields and battled to preserve their hold on the Canaan coastal plain. The Israelites would have known them as "people of the sword," but the Egyptians might have used their earlier maritime identity. It is possible they were the "People of the Sea," but I don't believe it has been proven. Sanders also mentions Willam Dever's "astonishing" report of a "life-sized circumcised terra cotta phallus" discovered at Gezer. Since the Philistines were not circumcised, Sanders assumes the artifact must have been of "Israelite influence." This is not necessarily the case. Phallic objects were not normally made with a visible prepuce. Ostensibly, they were used in fertility rites. ...
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100. The Path Of The Pyramids [Science Frontiers Website]
... Science Frontiers ONLINE No. 136: JUL-AUG 2001 Issue Contents Other pages Home Page Science Frontiers Online All Issues This Issue Sourcebook Project Sourcebook Subjects The Path Of The Pyramids About the same time the Egyptians were hauling 100-ton limestone blocks to the Giza Plateau, some South Americans were toting basketball-size rocks in bags woven from reeds to a site called Caral, located 23 kilometers from Peru's Pacific coast. While the Egyptians piled their weighty blocks neatly into pyramids, the South Americans simply dropped their stones, reed bags and all, onto crude but growing piles. When finished, the largest "rock pile" at Caral contained 7 million cubic feet of rocks and had assumed the shape of a pyramid (or platform mound) four stories high (60 feet) and covering an area 500 by 450 feet. This was probably the first monumental architecture in the New World; and it was constructed some 800 years earlier than mainstream archeologists had expected. In fact, Caral boasts six large platform mounds, three sunken plazas, and many impressive buildings. Layout of the Coral ...
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