A really rather wonderful book, the latest by renowned expert Toby Wilkinson, A World Beneath The Sands is essential (and gripping) reading for anyone interested in the history of the Boulaq Museum, Brügsch, Maspero, Budge and the rest.
Thanks to the new Google Arts & Culture tool Fabricius, anyone can interactively discover this fascinating language by means of three dedicated gateways: First, you can “Learn” about the language of ancient Egypt by following a short educational introduction in six easy steps. Secondly, Fabricius invites you to “Play” and translate your own words and messages into hieroglyphics ready to be shared with your friends and family.
“In the late Victorian era, the famous English occultist Aleister Crowley was also intrigued by the sphinx, writing in Liber Aleph (De Natura) of the sphinx’s wholeness and simultaneous fragmentation, an intermingling of the feminine and the masculine. There, the sphinx becomes a symbol of that which cannot be signified. According to Willis Goth Regier in Book of the Sphinx, the French symbolist Alfred Jerry, who lived at the same time as Crowley, was also fascinated by the sphinx.”
Ancient Egypt magazine continues to be an essential monthly read for all those interested in the Egyptological basis of Thelema and to contextualise the life of Ankhefenkhons I. This month’s issue is especially interesting…
God Osiris sits on the throne and the balance with its two pans is put in front of him. In one of the two pans, there’s a feather of justice; which is known as “Maat”. In the corresponding pan, the heart of the dead person is placed. If the heart pan is heavier than the feather pan, the dead person crosses safely to the afterlife and vice versa. Horus; son of God Osiris is there in every trial to give a helping hand to the dead person; whether man or woman.
LUXOR, Egypt, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) — The first Chinese archeological team in Egypt has officially started on Thursday its excavation work in Montu Temple at the Karnak Temple Complex of monument-rich southern city of Luxor. “This is a very important moment for us,” Jia Xiaobing, head of the Chinese archaeological mission in Egypt, told a press conference held in the open air at the precinct of Montu Temple.