How to bleach linen: a Theosophist ‘explains’ Egyptian mythology

On a bookshelf in my home there are two books by G. A. Gaskell.  One is called A Dictionary of all Scriptures and Myths, and the other Egyptian Scriptures Interpreted.  In them G. A. Gaskell fits various myths into the Theosophist worldview. Egyptian Scriptures Interpreted will be the focus of this post. I really, really … Continue reading “How to bleach linen: a Theosophist ‘explains’ Egyptian mythology”

Faulknerese: a mild case of traduttore, traditore

When you delve into the subject of Egyptian magic, you very quickly discover how much you must rely on translations of primary sources.  Almost as quickly you discover how much those translations differ depending on their age and the translator’s worldview. E. A. Wallis Budge, for example, did not have the advantage of our modern … Continue reading “Faulknerese: a mild case of traduttore, traditore”