|The heiroglyph for "Eternity", and the Netjer of the same|
The Ancient Kemetics measured time by using the stars and dividing them into 12 periods, wenut, which means hour. The Goddess Wenut was rabbit headed (the hieroglyph contains a rabbit too) and there is a wonderful sculpture of her here.
They used star clocks and a simple sighting instrument to do so, and found 36 divisions of the sky – not twelve – as is used in traditional astrology and which was introduced from
Babylonia under post Alexander The Great rule. (Modern
astrology does however divide each of the twelve traditional signs into 3 decans
of 10 days though, I do note).
But they may not have experienced time as we do. The word for hour has the star and the sun disc as its determinative, and is also used in groupings referring to priests, astronomers and workers – those performing a service. Water clocks were introduced later in Egyptian history like the Zodiac. A palm frond – used for counting – is the hieroglyph for year. The glyph for millions, which came to be equated with eternity, features a Netjer with arms raised in the ka gesture and a palm frond on his head.
|The Netjer Heh, this time depicted holding palm fronds, along with the ankh and the disc of the sun on His head|
It appears that there were two conceptions of time: linear and cyclic, represented by Djet and Neheh respectively. An excellent explanation of these can be found here (with thanks to the leader of the Kemetic Orthodox faith!)
We know that the temples and pyramids were meant to last forever, but were the tombs also meant to be discovered to yield their treasure to us in these times (literally and spiritually I mean)?
|This is my first "T" post for the PBP 2012|