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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Briefly Noted: The Dawning Moon of the Mind - Unlocking the Pyramid Texts.

The Dawning Moon of the Mind, by Susan Brind Morrow (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). “The Pyramid Texts,” a four-thousand-year-old set of hieroglyphs in the Pyramid of Unis, have long been dismissed by Egyptologists as a primitive narrative about monsters and animal gods. In this exciting book, Morrow, an archeologist and linguist, argues that they are, instead, “the earliest surviving body of written poetry and religious philosophy in the world.” She provides a radical new translation and a line-by-line exegesis, presenting an “unfolding series of poetic riddles,” each with layers of concealed meaning. The complex belief system that emerges suggests that elements of Tantra and the Abrahamic faiths—including virgin birth and the imagery of Adam and Eve—could have their origin in ancient Egypt.

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