> I would encourage a reading of Lull and Belmonte
> to give you a good overview of how the AE viewed
> the night sky.
> Jose Lull and Juan Antonio Belmonte,
> “Constellations of Ancient Egypt”, accessed
Thanks for the link and post.
I've researched this before but I believe that there exists a discontinuation that makes it impossible to discover or deduce the original meanings of the stars. This isn't to say that nothing can be found, merely that the original historical universe is necessarily unrecoverable with the data that survives.
When writing was invented in 3200 BC the first things written down was history and the record they had made in the stars. Stars were the mnemonic for history but they wrote it down in an attempt to preserve it forever. But then language changed and even the mathematics that were used to study astronomy and invent time keeping were lost. Names of the stars, constellations, and decans survived but not what they represented.
Language, math, astronomy, and everything else were intimately connected in ancient times but as human knowledge increased it became impossible for the average man to understand these connections. The language began to fail which is what gave rise to writing in the first place: utterances in modern language (pidgin) had severe drift in meaning with each retelling. Writing was invented to prevent this drift.
The only history that survived this change in language are "remembered" in legends, fables, and "holy" writings but, of course, these are all confused.
However "s3h" (Sah) and "s3pd3t" (Sopdet) were so much a part of the language they are relatively well preserved in the Pyramid Texts. They represent the (probably mostly theoretical) first "homo sapiens". "Sah" was the first individual with a speech center closely tied to higher brain functions which for the first time on this planet allowed for complex language. It was complex language which allowed generational learning and the advent of the human "race'. For the first time we could stand on the shoulders of giants. "Sopdet" was his mate whom he taught as much as he could. They are remembered by stars and are the basis of our confused knowledge of "Adam and Eve".