TAP news agency
3 days ago

#Tunisia: 39 Palestinians, including 29 wounded, were evacuated from #Gaza to the country, aboard a military aircraft of the #Tunisian Air Force, which landed at #Tunis-Carthage (pilgrims airport) on Sunday evening from the #Egyptian airport of #ElArish.
Source: @TapNewsAgency

What does this mean?

If #israel knew about the #hamas attack for a year did they LET it happen which Tik Tok immediately said?
#egyptian intelligence said they told them now do you believe them?
A senior US House Intelligence
Committee member said they were informed but the specifics were unclear .
Questions must be answered. Too many lives have been lost.

Luca da Firenze
5 days ago

More than 500 km of #Hamas terrorists underground infrastructure
with schools & hospitals & 'hubs' in #Egypt & #Lebanon
active collaboration
of the #Palestinian #Egyptian #Lebanese #Iranian Gov.
and at least consent of Palestiniam Population
Defining Hamas only terrorists is a diplomatic 'kindness'
they are a military invading force 'without uniform'
despite this
#Iranians decided to abandon Hamas
so as not to compromise Iebanese #Hezbollah terrorists
with whom they have closer ties.

5 days ago
1 week ago

Did you know that the #Egyptian Cobra has a #divine & #royal #history?

The large, venomous #snake was represented in 2 different #Ancient Egyptian #goddesses.

Cobra-headed Meretseger protected the Valley of the Kings & Wadjet protected both #kings & childbirth.

In Lower Egypt, the cobra topped crowns.

In 2011, The Bronx #Zoo had to inform the public that an Egyptian Cobra escaped its enclosure.

It was found 5 days later hiding & named Mia - “missing in action”.

This is a photo of Mia, the juvenile Egyptian Cobra that escaped the Bronx Zoo.

We see a close-up of a snake's head and some of its body.

The snake looks into the camera, with small black eyes. Its colouring is a soft beigey-sand interspersed with black scales. 

The Cobra is in shallow water.
Arawak Spike
1 week ago

Mohamed Hussein the 24 year old Egyptian NYC halal cart vendor explains his altercation with #Stuart_Soldwitz!


Arawak Spike
1 week ago


Video footage shows a man, identified as #Stuart_Seldowitz, a former national security advisor to president #Obama, who also worked at the #US_State_Department expressing extreme anti-Islamic sentiments towards an #Egyptian man running a halal food cart in New York City, #USA.

Seldowitz ominously threatened the vendor with dire consequences from the Egyptian intelligence service, including potential harm and torture to the man's father in Egypt.

1 week ago

#Egyptian Minister of #ForeignAffairs Sameh Shoukry said on Monday that #Israel is implementing a plan to displace #Palestinians, disregarding international rejection.

Spoken in the meetings of the Union for the #MediterraneanRegionalForum in the Spanish city of #Barcelona, discussing the situation in the #Gaza Strip.

"European countries need to play a leading role in recognizing a Palestinian state," he said during the meeting snubbed by Israel.


Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
2 weeks ago

The Meaning in Magic - Ancient Magic Thought Lost in Modern Translation

🔥 Upcoming lecture 🔥
I introduce and discuss the rich original #ancient terminology hidden behind the modern terms "magic" and "magical" commonly used in the Betz translation of the Greek magical papyri.

Join my Thoth & Maat lecture series about "The Archaeology of Ancient Magic & Ritual Practice", introducing and discussing the #Egyptian and Greek #magical papyri and hundreds of ancient magical artefacts.


The photo shows a poster for my upcoming online lecture and the text reads:
Online Lecture by Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
The Meaning in Magic - Ancient Magic Thought Lost in Modern Translation
Sunday, December 17th, 6 pm CEST
This lecture is about the original ancient terms hidden behind the modern translations "magic" and “magical” in the most popular translation of the Greek magical papyri, edited by Betz in 1986: The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation. 
I will introduce the original ancient terms and their meanings and discuss the two major problems:
1) A highly diverse ancient terminology is reduced to two words: "magic" and “magical”
2) An individual ancient term is translated differently in similar or even identical contexts, sometimes as “magic”, and other times not.
Join my lectures & support my research and videos:
Quake Map of the Day
2 weeks ago

Author(s): Peter Bisseker (tiddles)
Title: Tomb
Date: 29.09.1998
Small to medium, linear, dark Maya-style map.
#rogue #egyptian #maya #quake

Steve Dustcircle 🌹
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago

If #Bible & #Torah are to be believed, #Jews have been in #Israel since time of #Egyptian pharaohs.

All jews descend from #Abraham, his son #Issac, and Issac ’s son #Jacob. Jacob was later bestowed the name #Israel and he is regarded as a patriarch of #Israelites.

Israel (Jacob) had 12 sons, including #Judah, #Joseph, and #Benjamin. Family dynamics led some of Jacob’s older sons selling Joseph into #Egyptian #slavery

Bible also mentions #Moses, who led Israelites to freedom across #RedSea

Anna Anthro
3 weeks ago

‘That’s not a potato’: The mystery of the Egyptian treasures found buried in grounds of a Scottish school


“18 #Egyptian #antiquities unearthed on three separate occasions by schoolboys over some 30 years in the most unexpected of places – Melville House, an historic building near the small parish of Monimail in Fife, #Scotland.”

Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
3 weeks ago

🔥 New Video🔥
Exploring the most extensive ancient Egyptian magical papyrus

✨ New insights into the creation of the scroll
✨Introducing the encryption methods
✨New details about the text and its translation
✨Based on my own research

#archaeology #ancientmagic #egyptian #egypt #magic #egyptology #ritual #grimoire #papyrus #papyrology #esoteric #occult #openscience

TAP news agency
3 weeks ago

#Tunisia: Political parties, associations & organisations said they are joining the human convoy, "World’s Conscience Convoy," called for by the #Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, in response to #Palestinian civil society appeals, to break the #Gaza siege.
Source: @TapNewsAgency

Quake Map of the Day
3 weeks ago

Author(s): DeathMethod
Title: Temple Of Anubis: Judgement Of The Dead
Date: 15.04.2009
#egyptian #temple #quake

Tales from the Two Lands
3 weeks ago

This is a detail from the lower torso of the outer coffin of a woman called Djedmutesankh, who lived around 3000 years ago. She was buried in tomb MMA60 at Deir el Bahri alongside other members of her extended family, and the tomb was excavated by the Met Museum in the 1920s.

As you can see the coffin is one of those busy 21st Dynasty ones, with motifs and gods almost totally covering up the yellow background. In the centre of the photo is a falcon with its wings outstretched and a sun disk on his head, probably Re-Horakhty.

Above & below are more falcons with their wings in front of them facing in (above) and out (below) from the centre. You’ve got two Osirises flanking a djed pillar above, and two more flanking a scarab beetle with a sun disk (the god Khepri) below. 🧵 1/3

#AncientEgyptian #coffin #egyptology #egyptian

This is a photograph of an ancient Egyptian coffin, showing the lower torso.  The coffin has a yellow background that is almost completely covered by Egyptian art motifs & texts which are predominantly dark blue in colour with some portions of red and white.  Some of these motifs are described and discussed in the posts in the thread that this photo is the illustration for.  The effect is of a bewildering mass of detail.
Dave, Now With Dishwasher
3 weeks ago

I had some basbousa (and a half dozen other tasty treats) at a bake sale put on by the local Coptic church this weekend, so I decided to try to make my own.

#cooking #baking #dessert #egyptian

chris actually
3 weeks ago

#Egyptian #Sphinx may have been carved from a naturally-occurring process that just so happens to make 'lounging cat' style sandstone formations!
#cats #rad #amazing

Steven Saus [he/him]
3 weeks ago

From 11 Nov: Mummified baboons point to the direction of the fabled land of Punt - Enlarge / Drawing of a trade expedition to Punt during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. Note... #ancient-dna #ancient-egypt #archeology #baboon #dna #egypt #egyptian-mummies #genetics #science

Benjamin Suchard
3 weeks ago

Did the Proto-Indo-Europeans borrow agricultural and cultural terms from a population that spoke something close to Proto-Semitic? Rasmus Bjørn has just published a new paper (paywalled) discussing 21 (Proto-)Indo-European words that have been suggested to be borrowed from Semitic or Afroasiatic more generally and argues that yes: there are enough terms in Proto-Indo-European and its daughters to posit the existence of a Semitoid “Old Balkanic” language bordering the PIE steppe homeland to the west.

A very exciting possibility! Unfortunately, there are some issues with the words that Bjørn compares. Let’s dive right in. The main question we’ll try to answer: do these Indo-European words really have close parallels in Semitic, and if so, is there convincing evidence that Semitic was the source and not the recipient language? (I’ve modified some of the transcriptions of reconstructed words to match conventions I’m more used to. (P)IE means that a reconstruction is reflected in several branches of Indo-European but is probably not Proto-Indo-European proper.)

The comparanda

  1. PIE *h₂ster– ‘star’, PS *ʕaθtar– ‘deified morning star’ (Ishtar, Astarte, etc.). Aren Wilson-Wright wrote a 2016 book about the Semitic deity and has suggested before (probably also in the book) that this is a loanword from Indo-European. I’m inclined to agree that ‘star’ > ‘deified Venus’ is a more likely development than vice versa. With four more-or-less matching consonants and very similar meanings, I think a coincidence is unlikely in this case.
  2. PIE *h₃or-(n-) ‘eagle’, PS *ġVrVn– ‘eagle’. I can’t find the alleged Arabic reflex ġaran- in Lane, which leaves just Akkadian urinn- (possibly a Sumerian loanword). If these words are related, the fact that *-n- is only present in a few of the Indo-European reflexes suggests that it was borrowed from Indo-European (or a third language family) into Semitic, not vice versa.
  3. PIE *ḱer-(n-)(h/u-) ‘horn’, PS *ḳarn– ‘horn’. Bjørn cites the PS form as *ḳar-n-, but the *n is part of the root in Semitic. I don’t know what’s going on with “Tigre ḳär(n)“, but if it lacks the –n sometimes, I’m highly skeptical that this says anything about Proto-Semitic; all of Tigre’s closest relatives do have the n. The tentative derivation from Proto-Afroasiatic *ḳar– relies on “Omotic [ḳ]ar” and “Egyptian ḳr.ty (dual) ‘horns of the crown (of one of the manifestations of Amun)’”. Omotic isn’t a language; it’s a language family, and we need attested forms to judge the possible relationship. Moreover, Omotic has not been demonstrated to be Afroasiatic. As Marwan Kilani’s personal communication in a footnote points out, the Egyptian attestation is highly specific; if it’s related to the Indo-European word, it could perhaps be a borrowing from something like Greek (I have no idea when or where the word is attested, so this may be difficult). Without any indication that the Semitic –n is a suffix, it is again hard to see the PIE word which sometimes lacks it as a borrowing from Semitic.
  4. PIE *guōu– ‘cow’ (I’ve also seen this as *gueh₃(-)u-). “[T]his is an item that is not attested in PS proper while being shared with the wider Northern Afro-Asiatic speech community”, i.e. Egyptian gw (referring to a certain kind of bull). The similar words in Northwest Caucasian, Northeast Caucasian, and Sumerian (and elsewhere, like Proto-Bantu gòmbè ‘cattle’) suggest a much wider cultural diffusion and/or onomatopoeia.
  5. PIE *septm ‘seven’, PS *tsabʕ– ‘seven’. I greatly appreciate the informed PS reconstruction based on some Twitter discussions we had in the past. Bjørn cites the masculine stem, *tsabʕat-; to really make the comparison to PIE work we should probably add the absolute state ending and make it *tsabʕat-Vm. Is there some known PIE process that would get rid of the laryngeal in a form like *seph2tm? If so, the fact that we can understand the *t and *m as Semitic morphemes does make PS > PIE a good possibility, if this isn’t a coincidence.
  6. PIE *(s)ues ‘six’, PS *sidθ– (not “*sidt”) ‘six’. “On the surface not very compelling as a contact phenomenon directly between PIE and PS, but the sequential nature and the similarities that permeate the same group of languages as for the number seven nonetheless make the comparison worth entertaining.” The similarities for ‘seven’ mainly consisted of many languages having a sibilant at the beginning. Either way, the argument for both ‘six’ and ‘seven’ being borrowed from Semitic would be much stronger if PIE ‘six’ also ended in *-tm.
  7. PIE *(H)otoH ‘eight’, Proto-Berber *okkuz ‘four’ (sic; this should probably be *ăkkuẓ, Maarten Kossman p.c.), (Proto?-)Kartvelian *otxo ‘four’. In the background here is the idea that the PIE numeral is a dual, either ending in the PIE dual suffix *-h1 (Bjørn thinks this unlikely) or something related to the PS dual suffix *na, making it ‘two fours’. The argument is that what looks like a coincidence for ‘eight’ individually may be significant given the pattern that ‘seven’ and ‘six’ also have relatives. We just heard the same argument for ‘six’, so where this isn’t circular, it all relies on ‘seven’. Note that ‘eight’ is not ‘two fours’ anywhere in Afroasiatic.
  8. PIE *medhu- ‘sweet, mead’, PS *mtḳ ‘to be sweet’. “Likely comparanda in both NE Caucasian and Uralic point to a wanderwort, possibly of Afro-Asiatic provenance.” Bjørn cites these comparanda, neither of which has anything corresponding to the PS *. PIE *dh : PS *t also isn’t very convincing. Also, the word does not mean ‘sweet’ in PIE (that would be *sueh2d-), just ‘mead’ and/or ‘honey’—at least, that’s my understanding of it, but Bjørn has written more about this.
  9. PIE *dh2p- ‘sacrifice, feast’, PS *ðabḥ- ‘sacrifice, slaughter’. The metathesis increases the chance of a coincidental match, but otherwise this one is nice. It would be annoying to bring up Zulu hlaba ‘to stab, slaughter, sacrifice’.
  10. PIE *dhoHn- ‘grain’, PS *duḫn– ‘millet’. This one looks great! No notes. If related, the direction of borrowing is ambiguous.
  11. PIE *gwrH-n- ‘quern, millstone’, PS *gurn- ‘threshing floor’. The PIE *-n- is normally taken to be a nominal suffix so the word can be related to *gwrh2-u- ‘heavy’, but Bjørn suggests folk etymology in PIE. That would also explain why the PKIE laryngeal finds no counterpart in PS. Still, “the comparison between PIE and PS suffers from discontinuous semantics” (in other words: a quern is not a threshing floor).
  12. PIE *kleh2-u- ‘lock, key, bolt’, PS *klʔ ‘to retain, detain’. As Bjørn writes, “[t]he semantic match is not immaculate”. PIE *h2 : PS *ʔ is not so intuitive either.
  13. PIE *(s)teuros, *tauros (with *a!) ‘bull’, PS *θawr- ‘bull, ox’. “The European reflexes of *tauros are uniform to a degree that suggests a late (dialectal) distribution”. The originality of the Semitic form is based on Militarev & Kogan identifying Afroasiatic cognates, which are not presented.
  14. (P)IE *ghaid- ‘goat kid’, PS *gady-. Pretty nice. As with ‘bull’, the form (*a!) and distribution suggest a late loanword. Bjørn also brings in Proto-Berber *a-ɣăyd, which matches the Indo-European forms even better (note that PB *ɣ probably corresponds to PS *, not *g).
  15. (P)IE *lāp- ‘calf, cow’, PS *ʔalp– ‘bovine’. This one is piggybacking on the credentials of the previous two *a-nimals, which have similar distributions.
  16. (P)IE *bhar-(s-) ‘grain, barley’, PS *bVrr- ‘grain, wheat’. Pretty good: *barr- with an *a is reflected in Hebrew, and the simplification of the *rr to *r is expected in Indo-European.
  17. PIE *h2eǵro-s ‘field’. The Semitic is a bit of a mess here: a PS reconstruction *ḫagar- is based on a Ge’ez form that can’t descend from it (hagar with h) and an Aramaic form that doesn’t exist (haǧar with h and a ǧ that doesn’t exist in premodern Aramaic; haḡar doesn’t exist either). This last one appears to be based on a misinterpretation of Leslau’s note “Ar[abic] ([of] Dat[ina]) haǧar village in ruins”. As Ge’ez hagar means ‘city’ etc., not ‘field’ either, I don’t understand where this *ḫagar ‘arable field’ is coming from.
  18. PIE *h2endh– ‘flower’, PS *ḥinṭ– ‘wheat’. The Semitic etymon is well attested, but the Indo-European one seems spurious (‘marshgrass’, ‘flower’, ‘arable field’, ‘soma plant’… are all of these related?). The formal correspondence is pretty nice, apart from PIE *dh : PS *.
  19. PIE *ǵlh3(o)u- ‘sister-in-law’, PS *kall-at- ‘bride, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law’ (Arabic kannat- has that last meaning; thanks, Marijn!). Citing earlier publications of his, he states that “the term should … be considered a Wanderwort tied to marriage and alliance strategies defying linguistic and cultural barriers”. This sounds exciting but I find the forms pretty different.
  20. (P)IE *h1is(h2)-u- ‘arrow’, PS *ḥVθ̣θ̣ (not “*ḥiθ̣w-“) ‘arrow’. The *w in Bjørn’s PS reconstruction must be based on Classical Arabic ḥað̣w-at- ‘small (headless) arrow used for practice’, ‘twig’. Without it, there’s hardly any resemblance between the IE and PS words.
  21. (P)IE *peleu– ‘axe’, PS *plḳ ‘to split apart’. The semantics are nice but the *-e-e- vocalism would look as strange in PS as it does in Indo-European.


So what have we got?

  • ‘seven’ has the same meaning in both families, is formally similar, and has linguistic arguments supporting a borrowing from Semitoid to PIE.
  • ‘grain’/’millet’ is semantically and formally very close, with no reason to see either family as the source.
  • ‘star’/’Venus’ is formally very close, with the semantics making IE more likely as the source than Semitoid.
  • ‘eagle’ and ‘horn’ have formal reasons to see IE as the source, not the recipient (if the Semitic words are even related).
  • ‘six’, ‘mead’/’sweet’, ‘quern’/’threshing floor’, ‘bolt’/’to detain’, ‘flower’/’wheat’, ‘sister-in-law’, and ‘axe’/’to split’ all have formal and/or semantic mismatches or problems increasing the chance that they just look similar by accident.
  • ‘cow’, ‘eight’, ‘field’, and ‘arrow’ lack a convincing Semitic counterpart. Bringing in other branches of Afroasiatic (which have massively different lexicons!) greatly increases the chance of a coincidental match, especially when we allow for diagonal comparisons like ‘eight’ : ‘four’ and ‘cow’ : ‘class of bull’.

Most interestingly:

  • ‘bull’ and ‘grain, barley’/’wheat’ both show a very close formal resemblance; allowing for metathesis, so do ‘calf’/’bovine’ and ‘goat kid’, and maybe ‘sacrifice’. Most of these cannot go back to Proto-Indo-European due to the presence of an *a (rare or non-existent in PIE). Whether ‘sacrifice’ is PIE depends on the identification of possible reflexes in Hittite and Tocharian. Notably, the forms with *a are all limited to European languages, and these words all belong to the same, agricultural semantic field.

Two strong examples and three weak ones isn’t a lot to base a whole account of European prehistory on, but I think this last category could point to post-PIE borrowings from Semitic or something close to it, which is a cool finding! For the rest, with just one word that is more likely to have been borrowed from Semitic into PIE than vice versa and one that could go either way, I don’t think there’s sufficient evidence to say that there are Semitoid loans in Proto-Indo-European proper. The two possible examples should be attributed to chance resemblance.

Coincidence, really?

I want to finish with a note on this last point, chance resemblance. Can it really be a coincidence that ‘seven’ is *septm in PIE and *tsabʕ-at-Vm in PS; that ‘grain’ is *dhoHn- in PIE and ‘millet’ is *duḫn– in PS; and so forth, if you want to include more examples? Well… yes. Depending on how many of the comparanda you find close enough to consider them being related, we could just be dealing with the couple of words that end up looking similar and having similar meanings in any two languages you compare. In the case at hand, this risk of coincidence is increased because Bjørn isn’t very strict when identifying formal matches. For example, PIE had (at least) three laryngeals: guttural sounds of unknown realization, labeled *h1, *h2, and *h3. *H means “one of these three but we can’t tell which one”. PS, on the other hand, had six guttural sounds: uvular * and *ġ, pharyngeal * and *ʕ, and glottal *h and *ʔ. Bjørn is OK with any of these matching each other:

*h1*h2*h3*H**h2eǵro-s/*ḫagar-?*dhoHn-/*duḫn–*ġ*h₃or-(n-)/*ġVrVn–**h1is(h2)-u/*ḥiθ̣w-*dh2p-/*ðabḥ-; *h2endh–/*ḥinṭ–*ʕ*h₂ster-/*ʕaθtar–*h*h2eǵro-s/*hagar-?*ʔ*kleh2-u-/*klʔ

It’s also fine for a laryngeal or guttural to be present in either language with nothing matching it in the other, as with *septm/*tsabʕ-, *(H)otoH (is this a suffix?)/*okkuz, *lāp-/*ʔalp-, and *ǵlh3(o)u-/*kall-at-. That means that we can increase our forms that would count as a match: PIE *dhoHn– would match all of the following:

  • *duḫn
  • *duġn
  • *dun
  • *duʕn
  • *duhn
  • *duʔn
  • *dunn

Moreover, PIE has three series of stops: voiceless, voiced, and voiced aspirated. PS has similar triads of voiceless, voiced, and ejective stops, affricates, and fricatives. These, too, can mix and match:

*T*D*Dh*T*h₂ster-/*ʕaθtar-, *kleh2-u-/*klʔ, *(s)teuros~*tauros/*θawr-, *lāp-/*ʔalp–*ǵlh3(o)u-/*kall-at-*medhu-/*mtḳ*D*septm/*tsabʕ-, *(s)ues/*sidθ-, *dh2p/*ðabḥ-*dh2p/*ðabḥ-, *ghaid/*gady-, *h2eǵro-s/*ḫagar-*dhoHn-/*duḫn-, *gwrH-n-/*gurn-, *ghaid-/*gady-, *bhar-(s-)/*bVrr-**ḱer-(n-)(h/u-)/*ḳarn-, *peleu-/*plḳ*h2endh–/*ḥinṭ–The one correspondence Bjørn does not find is PIE voiced/PS ejective, which would have worked so well for the Glottalic Theory.

So we can expand our list of acceptable PS matches for PIE *dhoHn-; this now includes:

  • *tuḫn
  • *tuġn
  • *tun
  • *tuʕn
  • *tuhn
  • *tuʔn
  • *tunn
  • *duḫn
  • *duġn
  • *dun
  • *duʕn
  • *duhn
  • *duʔn
  • *dunn
  • *uḫn
  • *uġn
  • *un– (this root means ‘to grind’, as in tahini! Semantically close enough to match ‘grain’, right?)
  • *uʕn
  • *uhn
  • *uʔn
  • *unn

We’ve increased the odds of getting a match by coincidence by 21 times, and have indeed found another match in the root *ṭḥn ‘to grind’.1 So if we really want to consider how likely it is that these similarities between PIE and PS are coincidental, we should ask ourselves how likely it is for one match as nice as *dhoHn-/*duḫn– to occur by chance, and then multiply that chance by 21. Would we really expect this to happen through sheer chance? In my view: yes, we totally should.

  1. This is only made worse by allowing for metathesis of the second and third consonant: now we have 40 options. Allowing for an additional final consonant corresponding to nothing, as in *medhu-/*mt, multiplies the chance by a factor of 27 or so, taking some root co-occurrence restrictions into account. That would give us 1080 potential matches, although these wouldn’t all look as nice as *dhoHn-/*duḫn-. ↩︎

#Afroasiatic #Akkadian #Arabic #Aramaic #Berber #Egyptian #GeEz #Hebrew #IndoEuropean #linguistics #NECaucasian #news #Omotic #ProtoSemitic #Sumerian

Ricky de Laveaga
4 weeks ago

The #Egyptian, which hosted Hollywood’s first-ever movie premiere in 1922, will screen classic movies on the weekends, programmed by #AmericanCinemateque, the non-profit which previously owned the theater. During the week, it will host screenings for #Netflix, which purchased the building in 2020.

4 weeks ago

Last night I ate an entire large all meat pizza and a large box of fried potato wedges. Normally I wouldn't do this, but I went to bed soon after eating because I've been TIRED from the past month or so of work. Had a dream that I was looking for the lost tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess so I could revive and marry her to be the new Pharaoh of the Earth.

So how was your night?

#Number57 #ArmoredPuppet #Esis #Egyptian #ModelKit #Dreams #ToyPhotography

Tales from the Two Lands
4 weeks ago

This is a false door, which was an architectural feature that was particularly common in Old Kingdom tombs. This example is from the tomb of Pepyankh the Younger at Meir, and he lived during the reign of Pepi II around 4000 years ago.

It’s clearly not a functional door that could be used by living people, hence why Egyptologists call it a false door. But it was functional for a part of the soul of the deceased person – the ka could pass through from the afterlife and into the tomb.

The reason the ka did this was that this was the place in the tomb where food offerings would be placed. It was clear to the Egyptians that nothing was eating the food, instead they believed that the ka (or life force) of the deceased was nourished by the life force of the food. 🧵 1/2

#egyptian #egyptology #tomb #AncientEgyptian

A photograph of an ancient Egyptian tomb feature called a "false door".  It is a door shaped piece of stone with a curved border above where the lintel of a door frame would go.  The door shape is framed on three sides (left, top, right) by stone border within which is broad border on those same three sides with a hieroglyphic text carved on to it.  This border takes up about half the surface of the door shape.  In top of the central portion framed by this large border text is a square panel with another hieroglyphic text, below which the space is divided into three vertical stripes.  The outer two of these have more hieroglyphic texts, and the inner one is left blank.  It is through this blank inner portion that the ancient Egyptians believed the ka (or life force) of the deceased could enter & leave the tomb.
Yahia Lababidi
4 weeks ago

#Art by #Egyptian modernist #artist Abdel Hadi al-Gazzar, (1925-1966)


Laurel Stvan
1 month ago


A family Zoom session for my sister’s birthday. Including much heartfelt, off-key singing.

Remembered to head out for a walk before the surprisingly early sunset happened.

Reading a great (translated) #Egyptian graphic novel, Shubeik Lubeik by Deena Mohamed.

Quake Map of the Day
1 month ago

Author(s): Rutger Baks
Title: Around the World!
Date: 23.09.2006
Small egyptian map with a base part. Was created for speedrunning but works for
the casual player too. ;)
#egyptian #base #speedrunning #quake

1 month ago

What was #Sunak saying about #ArmisticeDay being disrespected?

(but i found this by pure chance when looking around the very limited street view)

There are also graves from the "Egyptian Labour Corps"

cc other me

#EgyptianLabourCorps #Egyptian #BritishEmpire

Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
1 month ago

This is an unusal Egyptian #divination combining two techniques:

A yes/no answer based on the individual appearance of the god
a personal encounter with the god who will talk to the practitioner.

It's also extremely short for an Egyptian divination and the invoked god is not mentioned by name.

The London-Leiden Magical Papyrus, 2nd-3rd century
British Museum EA 10070
Translation: my own

#archaeology #magic #egypt #papyrus #egyptian #ancientmagic #ritual #oracle

Poster with an ancient Egyptian ritual instruction for a divnation. Here is my translation of the Egyptian-Demotic text:
A “God’s Inquiry” according to the voice of Pasech, the priest from Ks, of which he says it has been approved nine times. 
"I am Ramschô, Schô, Ramschô, the son of Tapaschô, of his mother, Tapaschô. 
If the matter in question will happen, you shall not come to me with your face of Pachet, (but) you shall come to me in your appearance as a priest, in your secret appearance as a man of the temple! 
If it will not happen, you shall come to me in your appearance of the warrior!
Because I am Ramschô, Schô, Ramschô, the son of Tapaschô, of his mother, Tapaschô."
[Say it] towards Ursa Major on the third (day) of the lunar month, in that there is a clove of three-lobed white garlic with three needles of iron piercing it.
You shall recite these about it 7 times (and) you shall put it on (or: before) you:  Then he sees you (and) he speaks to you.
The London-Leiden Magical Papyrus, 2nd-3rd century, Egypt, British Museum, London, EA 10070 © The Trustees of the British Museum
Tales from the Two Lands
1 month ago

The Singer in the Residence of Amun Ankhshepenwepet was buried at Deir el-Bahri (in tomb MMA56) around the early 7th Century BCE. Her burial was in a pit tomb and had been disturbed in antiquity but quite a few things remained, including these two shabti boxes.

The boxes are made of wood, painted white before being decorated. The text along the sides of both boxes is an offering formula, and on the lid of each box is a rather faded boat. The boat on the left has its sail up for sailing south, and the boat on the right has a cabin.

These boats are probably representing the pilgrimage to Abydos, place of Osiris. Linking the deceased to the god Osiris was intended to aid her in her entry to the afterlife. Once she got there the shabtis were to do any necessary work for her so she could enjoy herself. 🧵 1/2

#egypt #egyptian #AncientEgypt #egyptology

A photograph of some ancient Egyptian objects found in a tomb.  In the foreground are two white boxes.  They are rectangular in shape, and the tops of the two short sides are arched as if they were holding up a vaulted roof.  The lids are flat.  On the long side of each box that is facing us there is a hieroglyphic text written horizontally in black ink, above and below this text is a red stripe.  The effect is to divide the side into three, a blank white portion, a text, another blank white portion.  On each lid you can see a faded drawing done in multiple colours.  Both drawings are boats, which are yellow, sailing on a blue river with a brown steering oar at the back (left hand side of the drawing).  The boat on the box on the left has a yellow mast & sail with brown ropes holding it in place.  The boat on the right has a somewhat indistinct black shape on it which is a cabin.
Kriszta Satori
1 month ago

The UN said four of its schools in #Gaza that were being used as shelters had been damaged in less than 24 hours.The UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees also noted that at least 20 people were reportedly dead at a school in the Jabalia refugee camp

A limited number of citizens were able to leave Gaza through #Rafah , near the #Egyptian border, which opened on Wed. Egyptian officials said 21 injured #Palestinians had left on Thursday, plus 344 foreign passport holders, including 72 children

Yahia Lababidi
1 month ago

After weeks of waiting, hundreds of people were allowed to leave the besieged #Gaza Strip, today, the first of thousands of foreigners, aid workers and critically wounded patients who were expected to exit in the coming days.

Buses ferried 361 foreign nationals over the border to Egypt, and ambulances carried 45 severely injured #Palestinians, along with some of their family members, to #Egyptian hospitals.

#palestine #news

Quake Map of the Day
1 month ago

Author(s): DaZ
Title: Arabian Nights
Date: 25.06.2000
An essential 3-map classic crafted in a sadlark-like egypt style.
#egyptian #medium #sand #temple #planetquakemapoftheweek #quake

Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
1 month ago

Cryptography in the Ancient Magical Papyri:

The "Magic Signs Key" in an #Egyptian Ritual Manual

Live zoom-lecture about my #magic signs research for all of my Magic Signs, #Thoth and Maat, and Creator patrons :-)

Sunday, October 29th, 6 pm CET

#Archaeology #cryptography #papyri #Egypt

Yahia Lababidi
1 month ago

#Egyptian podcaster #RahmaZein accuses #Israel of being "a spoiled brat, you're unable to say no to" which has grown up to be "a sociopath."

"The #usa has given permission for Israel to have #genocide."

#palestine #palestinians #news #media #IsraelPalestineconflict

Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
1 month ago

Technical #terminology in #ancient magic:

(A) God's arrival
pH-nTr : peh netjer

An ancient #Egyptian technical term for a #divination ritual during which a higher power appears in person

In PDM XIV, the invocation during a pH-nTr ritual references the #mountain at which the Ten Commandments were given to #Moses by God.

For more on the pH-nTr see the recent online paper (free access) by Mark Roblee (2020):

#archaeology #magic #egypt #commandments #ancientmagic

„God's arrival“ 
pH-nTr : peh netjer

An ancient Egyptian technical
term for a divination ritualduring which a higher powerappears in person

PDM XIV, col. R.5, 11-12:
„Reveal yourself to me, here and today, in the manner of revealing yourself towards Môses, which you made on the mountain, before which you had created darkness and light.“

Created by: @antikemagie
Kriszta Satori
2 months ago

V Reuters Dam Williams:
Second convoy of 17 aid trucks enters #Egyptian side of #Rafah crossing towards #Egypt - security and humanitarian sources

2 months ago

Aid enters #Gaza as #Rafah border crossing opens

The #Egyptian-controlled Rafah border crossing from the Gaza Strip opened on Saturday morning, letting trucks carrying humanitarian aid into the blockaded enclave, which has been under siege from the Israeli military for almost two weeks.

The first of 200 trucks loaded with about 3,000 tons of aid, which have been blocked near the Rafah crossing for days, started moving toward Gaza early Saturday

#HumanRights #Israel

Kriszta Satori
2 months ago

#Egypt is holding a peace summit today to discuss the deepening conflict between Israel and the Hamas group in Gaza.

The list of attendees compiled by Reuters include #Egyptian Pres al-Sisi, #Palestinian Pres Abbas, UK Foreign Sec Cleverly, UN sec gen Guterres, and several heads of state in the Arab region, among others.

Notably, there are no #Israeli, #Hamas, US and #Iranian representatives on the list.
The Egyptian organisers say the main goal is a ceasefire.

2 months ago

Looks like trying to age your wine for 5,000 years doesn't quite work (all the liquid evaporates!) #egyptian #wine #archeology

Kriszta Satori
2 months ago

The #Egyptian military opposes that desire. It overthrew an elected Muslim president in 2013.
#Egypt 's current regime has relations with #Hamas, and has in the past been the link between Hamas and #Israel . But it does not want an influx of #Palestinian refugees.
The camps in Gaza still exist 75 years after they were established to house refugees - forced out by newly independent Israel - who have never been allowed home.

Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
2 months ago

Interested in ancient magic gems?

Join my online lecture this Sunday about the largest group of ancient magical artefacts and learn about their applications in ancient ritual practice.

October 15th, 6 pm CEST, with subsequent Q&A

#archaeology #classics #magic #gems #ancientmagic #forgeries #ritual #greek #egyptian #egyptology #magicsigns

Poster for the online lecture "Ancient Magic Gems" depicting five ancient magical gems
Kriszta Satori
2 months ago

From #BBC Monitoring colleagues:

Third strike reported on border crossing between #Gaza and #Egypt - in some #Arabic media

Fears in Egypt of a possible Gaza exodus

An aid convoy is said to have been turned back from the #Egyptian border

#Qatar For Min says it is too early to talk about direct mediation

#Doha, Cairo and Ankara said to have been talking to Hamas acc to AlArabiya

Stop That
2 months ago

Wow, this really is Israel’s 9/11.

An #Egyptian intelligence official said #Israel's government downplayed threats from #Gaza and was repeatedly warned of 'something big'

Kriszta Satori
2 months ago

V Reuters
the #Rafah border crossing between #Gaza and #Egypt had been closed - and then reopened but for humanitarian cases only. #Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-#Sisi and #Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman #MBS - talking in a phone call - have said the "voice of reason" should prevail in the conflict between #Israel and #Hamas.

An Egyptian presidency spokesman said that they agreed the ongoing escalation threatens the region's stability.

Just finished book 3 in the "Empires of Bronze" series! Will be buying the next three books soon 😍

@bookstodon #bookrecs #historicalfiction #hittite #egyptian

Kriszta Satori
2 months ago

On the hostages, v ToI:
WSJ cites #Egyptian officials saying that their negotiators “failed to convince the #Palestinian factions to release injured #Israeli captives.”

Earlier the newspaper reported that #Israel had reached out to #Cairo to request its intervention.
#hamas #Gaza

3 months ago

Guess who still hasn't acquired a piece of glass to roll ink on? This is the block inspired by the #Egyptian tale of the shipwrecked sailor.

#Linocut #Egypt #birdart #printmaking #art

A block in which a feathered serpent wraps around a small bird which is burning figs in an offering to the gods.

#Astrology-specific #introduction: I practice astrology of #questions. I study the #traditional foundations of technical charts of the #moment in #Mesopotamian / #Babylonian, #Egyptian, and #Hellenistic systems with #medieval #Jewish and #Islamicate techniques in the lineages of William #Lilly, Geoffrey #Cornelius, John #Frawley, Project #Hindsight, and others.

I have studied with @hawk, Adam #Elenbaas, @kirastrology, and other colleagues in


7 months ago

Interesting! Ancient #Egyptian tablet was decoded some time ago and determined to be a work #timesheet, recording absences and reasons for employee absences. One of the most common was workers busy "brewing beer" #beer #homebrew

7 months ago

ancient egyptian mermaid all done! 💜

#mermay #mermaid #art #mastoart #illustration #egyptian

A drawing of a mermaid in ancient Egyptian style.
Dr. Kirsten D. Dzwiza
8 months ago

Live #Lecture on Patreon with Q&A and discussion!

I will talk about the making and use of #ancient magical artefacts as described in the #Egyptian and #Greek magical papyri. This was the topic of my PhD :-)

Starting with an overview of the ancient sources and then going into details concerning the core question of the lecture series: How does ancient #magic work?

You currently get a free copy of my upcoming Sourcebook of Ancient Magic Signs for your support


The photo shows an ancient Greek magical papyrus inscribed with a ritual instruction which contains a drawing of a higher power with seven magic signs to its right and seven more to its left. On top of the photo is an image of a small red gem (carnelian) inscribed with numerous, tiny magic signs. At the bottom of the photo is an inscribed gold lamella, its shape is a horizontal rectangle.
The text on the photo reads:
Online lecture for patrons
"Making & Use of Ancient Magical Artefacts"
Sunday, April 16th, 4pm CET
Suzi Dragonlady
8 months ago

You liked the other one that I posted so here is another old digital artpiece I did. This one is from 2008 and it is called "Suddenly it broke", he did not do it on purpose! 😁
#art #digitalart #anubis #dogs #egyptian #fantasy #egyptianmythology #canine #drawings

A digital drawn artpiece showing two pharaoh hounds, that look like a dog version of Anubis. The younger one is sitting on the floor on the right side, he lookd embarassed and touches a broken vase with his toes. The other older one is on the left and looks surprised to the other one.
Yahia Lababidi
8 months ago

I'm proud of my creative 25 year old #Egyptian cousin, who is working with Icelandic-Danish #artist, Eliasson Olafur, to put #ClimateChange front and centre in #Qatar exhibition & #desert installation.

My cousin is the young man in yellow t-shirt with the towering afro :)

#art #climate #family #news #love #CreativeToots #creative #egypt #environment #iceland #Denmark #culture #activism #today #JoinIn

Yeah nah.
11 months ago

Reconstructions (suppositions?) of ancient Egyptian music. (He has Greek and Roman stuff on his page too.)

#noxp #bandcamp #music #egyptian #ancienthistory #reconstruction #michaellevy

Tales from the Two Lands
11 months ago

This bowl was found inside the coffins of Rennefer next to her head. She lived during the reign of Thutmose III and her husband, Noferkhawt, was a scribe – she’s buried in his tomb (MMA 729, excavated by the Met in 1935 and this piece is now in that museum acc. no.: 35.3.78). 🧵 1/5

#AncientEgypt #Egypt #Egyptian #Archaeology

A photograph of a faience bowl decorated with a marsh scene (discussed in the fourth post in the associated thread).  The left hand edge of the bowl is bright turquoise with black decoration and close to the original colour but the bulk of the bowl is a rather dirty looking brown with brown decoration.
11 months ago

I also wrote a really nice conference paper on the #replicationcrisis as it played out in #psychology that no one read.🤣

I would like to move into doing studies of #conspiracy and #conspiracytheory narratives and their underlying psychology, but that is still in the future (i.e. no funding/time yet). I think a lot about why people believe "weird" things.

For fun, I'm studying Egyptian #hieroglyphics (AKA the middle #Egyptian language).

Fin. (4/4)


Vero Balderas Iglesias
1 year ago

#Introduction 👋🏼 #twittermigration International Broadcast Journalist/VJ for #voiceofamerica. I began posting on #Twitter (@VeroBalderasI) while covering the #Egyptian Revolution in 2011 for #CNN .Never imagined back then (or even a week ago) I’d need to explore other social platforms to freely do my job. So, here we are!