By John Barth
In Chimera John Barth injects his signature wit into the stories of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and Bellerophon, who tamed the winged horse Pegasus. In a publication that the Washington publish referred to as “stylishly maned, tragically songful, and serpentinely elegant,” Barth retells those stories from various views, interpreting the myths’ dating to truth and their resonance with the modern global. A winner of the nationwide ebook Award, this feisty, witty, occasionally bawdy publication provoked Playboy to remark, “There’s each likelihood on the earth that John Barth is a genius.”
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In some versions of the myth, Satis is said to be the consort, or wife, of Khnum. One of Anukis’s titles was “Goddess of the Cataracts [rapids] of the Southern Nile,” and her temples were at Sehel Island (south of Aswan) and Elephantine Island (Abu Island). Although her name means “to embrace,” Anukis, like many Egyptian goddesses, has a dual nature—both sweet and fierce. It was said that her embrace could also become a chokehold. As “Goddess of the Hunt,” her sacred animal is the gazelle. ” Most often Anukis is portrayed as a woman holding a papyrus scepter and an ankh and wearing a tall headdress made of ostrich feathers or reeds.
When first light appears upon the horizon, the sun god is reborn and will make his daily journey across the sky. A complete version of the Book of Caverns can be seen in the tomb of Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. ), the Book of Gates refers to the 12 gates separating the hours of the night. It is a vast body of writings, spells, and incantations collected from the religious literature stored in temple libraries. The gates divide the 12 hours of the night and separate the enemies that the sun god will encounter.
At times it was a part of the soul of the deceased—the person’s spirit—and at other times it seemed to be the entire soul or the essence of the deceased. ” It was able to fly from place to place and is often shown hovering over the mummy or resting on a shrine. Most commonly it is represented as a bird with a human head and arms. Supposedly it could assume any form it chose, and the Book of the Dead has many spells to assist the ba in its transformation. One of the most important functions of the ba was to unite with the ka so the deceased could reach the heavens and become an akh spirit.
Chimera by John Barth