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Harum Scarab

The ancient Egyptians seemed to have a god for every kind of animal with which they were familiar, some of which were quite prominent and others more obscure. The scarab beetle was a common symbol in Egypt, used for many … Continue reading

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Say My Name, Say My Name

Names have a lot of power. Just try saying someone’s name when they’re across the room, and see how quickly they turn to look at you. The idea that names are somehow magical is something I first came across in … Continue reading

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Mixed Mythology Makes Mischief

It’s no secret that I enjoy fiction based on classical mythology, or that I put a little too much energy into pondering how crossovers work. And when something includes elements from the mythology of various cultures, it can often become … Continue reading

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Under Neith

When reading The Serpent’s Shadow, I was intrigued by the character of Neith, a hunting goddess I hadn’t heard of before. Apparently she’s actually a quite old deity who took several forms and duties throughout the history of Egypt. She … Continue reading

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There’s an Apophis for That

The Serpent’s Shadow, by Rick Riordan – The third and presumably final book in the Kane Chronicles has Sadie and Carter finally defeating the serpent Apophis, and ties up some other loose ends as well. Among other matters, the story … Continue reading

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If the Shu Fits

I’ve started reading Rick Riordan’s new book, The Serpent’s Shadow, and I have to say I was entertained by the appearance of the primordial Egyptian god Shu as a conservative, prudish old man. This conception of his personality is almost … Continue reading

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Sunny Side Up

I like to try to tie my mythology posts to holidays when possible, but here it is Easter weekend, and I’ve already written about the goddess Eostre/Ostara. I’ve also covered the resurrection stories of Osiris, Attis, Tammuz, and Odin. So … Continue reading

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A Spy in the House of Life

The Throne of Fire, by Rick Riordan – In the second book in the Kane Chronicles, our heroes have to fight to avoid the rise of Kronos. No, that was Percy Jackson. In this series, it’s Apophis, the giant snake … Continue reading

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Crocodile, with the Jaded Jealous Smile

Considering all the craziness going out in Egypt as of late, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight an Egyptian deity this week. I have to suspect it’s Set who’s behind the whole thing, what with his being the … Continue reading

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Jesus Christ, Copycat

Merry Christmas! I’ve never really understood why (at least in the United States) this is the one holiday when we’re supposed to be merry instead of merely happy, but there you go. And as we all know, the true meaning … Continue reading

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