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After thumbing through many more relief photos I've yet to see that symbol again. You would think that, if it were a symbol rather than an artists depiction of sperm, it would have to be repeated somewhere else on the walls of Luxor Temple.
We know with relative certainty that Egyptians didn't have microscope technology (that being said there are A LOT of things regarding ancient peoples that we are "certain" about that are being debunked on a regular basis), so where else in nature could they have possibly given an idea of what human sperm could look like? Tadpoles?
INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF LENSES
AND VISUAL CORRECTIONS
Archaeological optics is a branch of science studying the early history of lenses, optical devices and
introduction of visual corrections from ancient civilizations up to our modern world. The first known lenses
were located in Egypt, (ca 2600 BC). There are well documented studies of discoveries adressing the early
use of corrective lenses.
...The first known lenses have been located in Egypt (ca 4630 BP: Before the Present time); later lenses
were encountered at other sites in the Middle East and the Greek Islands . Mirror use can be traced
back 8000 BP in Anatolia (located in south-central modern Turkey). Mirrors latter appeared in Egypt
Early optical discoveries on the American continent occurred remarkably early and are only poorly
documented. By about the year 4000 BP (2000 BC) mirrors appeared broadly throughout the Middle
East, Greece and Etruria, Asia and China, and surprisingly in the New World. Mirrors in Western
Asia, Egypt and in Eastern Mediterranean areas
reply to post by abeverage
Hey what are these spermatoza doing in light bulbs!
The relationship of the Atum serpent to the lily bulb maybe? Mind you if the Egyptians did have light bulbs powered by clay pot batteries they would have understood these as representing the light bringing Atum that gave rise to Ra who illuminates, and his serpentine aspect would make a lovely filament, so not necessarily a case of one or the other interpretation.
Wake up and smell the water Lily
reply to post by Danbones
The serpent relating to the Lily no?edit on Kpm33179vAmerica/ChicagoFriday2131 by Kantzveldt because: (no reason given)
reply to post by Skyfloating
The item right under the eye might resemble a....
133CF 𓏏 EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPH X001
• transliterated as t
Although the temple dates to the late Ptolemaic period and was built by Greeks, the builders used the Egyptian symbolism and world view. Also interesting is an architectural element found on every passage to a group of crypts: a band of inscriptions explaining the usage of the rooms. The two southern "lamp" crypts are, according to the text, "Secluded rooms of the statues of the house of Somtus." Somtus is the Greek rendition of the ancient Egyptian god /smA tA.wy/ Sema Tawy - "Uniter of the Two Lands" to whom the crypts were dedicated to. Somtus is the god of the Unity of the Two Lands, known from the Old Kingdom on but he didn't play a great role until the late New Kingdom. Then he emerges as Harsomtus Hr smA tAwy /Hr smA tA.wy/ Har Sema Tawy - "Heru, Uniter of the Two Lands" a personification of the sky, and as Resomtus /ra smA tA.wy/ Ra Sema Tawy, the personification of the sun, especially the new, rising sun. This last form was preferred in Dendera, he is often shown as snake
According to Papyrus Chester-Beatty I, Set is depicted as trying to prove his dominance by seducing Horus and then having intercourse with him. However, Horus places his hand between his thighs and catches Set's semen, then subsequently throws it in the river, so that he may not be said to have been inseminated by Set.
Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. The gods first listened to Set's claim of dominance over Horus, and call his semen forth, but it answered from the river, invalidating his claim. Then, the gods listened to Horus' claim of having dominated Set, and call his semen forth, and it answered from inside Set.
Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food.
I have only read the op so I'm sure this has been said, but its a jar of liquid being spilled not a sperm