martes, 29 de marzo de 2016

West wall. Sennedjem tomb


The sun sets between two lions, seated back to back, supporting the hieroglyph of the double hill, which represents the horizon. Above them is the hieroglyph of the sky.
The gods represented here could be Ruty and Aker, but the latter could also be Ra or Atum. Here, it is more likely that the representation is of the god Ruty (ru-ty being a nisbe form : two lions), linked with Shu and Tefnut in earlier times. The lion, which lived at the borders of the desert to the east an...d the west of the Nile valley, is appropriate to these two cardinal points. In §17 of the Book of the Dead, it is on the back of Ruty that the sun rises daily.
The two lions are sometimes named yesterday and tomorrow. So the idea of the solar cycle is perpetually renewed, typical of the Egyptian mentality which is obsessed, as the sociologist of religions Max Weber said, by "the strong desire to endure".

West wall. Sennedjem tomb
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