By Bes-na-Maut my breast I beat…

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You find evidence of the increasing prominence of Thelemic themes in the unlikeliest places…

For example, today’s Daily Mail newspaper includes a by-the-numbers piece by Robert Hardman on spending some time in the brand new, climate controlled mummy store “deep inside the [British] Museum’s Bloomsbury complex”.

Buried equally deep inside the article is the following:

[…] an elaborate coffin containing what is very clearly a chap, because his face is painted on the lid and he is sporting a long black beard. He turns out to have been a priest called Besenmut, a very senior figure in the Egyptian holy city of Thebes, who died in 600BC. The coffin is painted with symbols which either demand food and beer for the deceased in the after-life or vow terrible vengeance on anyone who interferes with his grave…

Most visitors to LAShTAL.COM will be aware that the name Besenmut (or Bes-na-Maut) features on the Stele of Revealing and therefore in Crowley’s paraphrase of the “inscriptions”. The stele’s “owner”, Ankhefenkhons I was son of Besenmut I.

I’m aware that there were several priests named Ankhefenkhons, related to high officials named Besenmut, but it’s all very suggestive, nonetheless…

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