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ITHEORIES OF DIVINE KINGSHIP
The Shilluk first became famous, in Europe and America, through James Frazer’s book
The Golden Bough
. They are so firmly identified with Frazer that most are unaware the Shilluk did not even appear in the book’s first two editions (1890 and 1900). Originally, in fact, Frazerdrew largely on Classical literature in making an argument that all religion was to some degree derived from fertility cults centered on the figure of a dying god, and that the first kings, who embodied that god, were ritually sacrificed.
their bare essentials. It strikes me this is especially true of the predatory and utopian elements,both of which can be seen here in embryonic form—not because the Shilluk political system is inany sense “primitive,” in fact; not because forms of sovereignty were only beginning to emerge like some half-formed idea, because it seems obvious that anyone living so close to ancient centers of civilization like Egypt, Meroe, or Ethiopia was likely to be perfectly aware of what astate was; but rather, because those elements in Shilluk society who would have liked to create something along those lines.
It is doubtful whether Osiris can be regarded as equal to Tammuz or Adonis, or whether Hathor is related to the "Great Mother." There are closer relations with northeast African religions. The numerous animal cults (especially bovine cults and panther gods) and details of ritual dresses (animal tails, masks, grass aprons, etc) probably are of African origin. The kinship in particular shows some African elements, such as the king as the head ritualist (i.e., medicine man), the limitations and renewal of the reign (jubilees, regicide), and the position of the king's mother (a matriarchal element). Some of them can be found among the Ethiopians in Napata and Meroe, others among the Prenilotic tribes (Shilluk)."
Early predynastic temples of Naqada. connected to the fertility god Min[ compare to the Shilluk sanctuary below/b]
Naqada I very simple very rustic
Naqada II now a growing complex.
This pic is interesting it shows a man wearing a penis sheath I suspect the figure is somehow connected to Min and less we forget the Puntites further south also made use of the Penis sheath dido for certain Libyans to the West.
Puntites wearing the double penis sheathsedit on 1-7-2013 by Spider879 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by LUXUS
reply to post by Spider879
So in your mind there is a connection between a mosque built from mud and sticks in Mali which dates to the Islamic period when Arabs invaded Mali and a temple in Egypt which is far older and built from cut blocks of solid stone...i wonder which in your mind displays superior skill and why would people who built in stone revert to building in sticks and mud?
You see connections where others don't because its what you want to/need to see!
edit on 2-7-2013 by LUXUS because: (no reason given)