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The Peculiar Codex Jerusalem 22

The Peculiar Codex Jerusalem 22

Chapter:
(p.97) Chapter Eight The Peculiar Codex Jerusalem 22
Source:
All the Names of the Lord
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388724.003.0009

This chapter explores Horus Apollo's Book on the Hieroglyphics. The subject is the symbolic logic behind the Egyptian script. The passage itself introduces the peculiar cultural association between the world in its entirety and the sacred Cynocephalus Hamadryas, the dog-headed baboon whom the Egyptians associated with the underworld, the spirits of the dead, and Thoth, the patron god of wisdom, magic, and writing. The common ground on which this unexpected association rests, is—yet again—the number seventy two. Moreover, the analogy does not immediately lend itself to perfect homology: seventy two is a measure of time in the cynocephalus myth, while it serves clearly as a spatial matrix for the division of the world. This correspondence was essential to the Egyptians, so much so that they based on it one of their central hieroglyphs for writing the cosmos.

Keywords:   Horus Apollo, Book on the Hieroglyphics, symbolic logic, Egyptian script, Cynocephalus Hamadryas, underworld, Thoth, seventy two, homology, hieroglyphs

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