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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on August 7, 2001 16:35:17 UTC

Aymen,

I have read most everything you refer to on your post and found it all very interesting. I think you have certainly noticed some things of significance; however, in view of the rarity of solar eclipses, I think I would still translate the base hieroglyph as some variation on the modern idea say, call it "solar disappearance".

It seems much more likely that the ancient Egyptians would think of the disappearance of the sun at the horizon as a common everyday phenomena (to coin a phrase ???).

From that perspective, the "eclipse" becomes "solar disappearance in the heavens".

It is just that I often think people make too much attempt to translate things into modern language and thereby miss the essence of a different way of thinking.

Maybe I am full of it up to my ears!!

Thanks for the information -- Dick

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