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Friday, 8 February 2013

All Good Wishes for the Year of the Snake

This Sunday is Chinese New Year- the Year of the snake. And this afternoon our Egypt Centre volunteers are looking at the relationship between animals and gods in ancient Egypt. Of course we will have to include something snakey. Snakes were not all bad at all but were also symbols of rebirth and protection.

I am resisting the temptation to talk only about how flint knives were considered an appropriate weapon to ward of snakes or how the snake on the mountain of Bakhu had his front half made of flint.
We will, however, look at this fine snakey pair on the left- a large stone fragment depictig Isis-Thermouthis and Serapis Agathadaimon, guarantors of royal power and protection of the land.
And more snakey items (information on link here).
Wishing you all a great New Year with snakey revival and protection!