Memory, Medieval Bestiaries, and the Gates

What follows is speculative, but if you’re up for a bit of a ramble, you might find this post quite fun. You will, of course, be familiar with the old trope that in Egyptian art, everyone looks like everybody else, and that the only way of telling one person apart from another is to look … Continue reading “Memory, Medieval Bestiaries, and the Gates”

The Amduat II: Unity of Opposites

…their philosophy, which, for the most part, is veiled in myths and in words containing dim reflexions and adumbrations of the truth, as they themselves intimate beyond question by appropriately  placing sphinxes before their shrines to indicate that their religious teaching has in it an enigmatical sort of wisdom. —Plutarch, Isis and Osiris, 354 C. tr. … Continue reading “The Amduat II: Unity of Opposites”

The Amduat, or, Backstage at the Theatrum Mundi

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players —Jacques, As You Like It, Act II Scene 7. In this post I want to share some long, rambling thoughts about the long, rambling title of a very strange ‘book’ painted on the tomb walls of some eighteenth- to twentieth-dynasty kings, the first … Continue reading “The Amduat, or, Backstage at the Theatrum Mundi”