> Hi Jacob,
> Thanks for the link - it is certainly an
> interesting read. I wasn't setting out to prove or
> disprove Pi was known when I read this story in
> the Westcar Papyrus. Essentially, I theorise the
> entire set of stories in the Westcar Papyrus are
> mythological. They leverage a mix of real
> characters (e.g. Sneferu, Djoser and Khufu) and
> fictional characters (Djedi) intermingled with
> various wonders / fantastic things . There is a
> little background on my thinking in my post here:
> Lyne Kelly in her work demonstrates the encoding
> of various information into story, song and dance.
> You can get a taste of her expertise from her
> website here:
> Also her other book here:
> My interpretation of this story is actually the
> scene is that the story is representative of a
> constellation and the circular motion is
> deliberately depicting a scene from the night sky.
> Lull and Belmonte identify a boat constellation
> known to the Ancient Egyptians to Sagitarius in
> Table 6.1 on p162. Also in discussion on pp
Lull and Belmonte
> Surprisingly, or perhaps not, all these can be
> easily identified in the Zodiac of Dendara with a
> fish at the bottom of the water-pouring Hapi, an
> inundated field in the middle of Pisces, a bird
> and snake close to Leo and a small bark (much
> larger in other representations; ... a special
> mention should be made in the case of the Bark. We
> have shown that the ancient Egyptians perhaps
> recogized a boat or bark (wi3) in the area of
> The fact that there were 22 people on the boat
> gave me reason to pause and think about whether
> this papyrus connects Pi to astronomy?
>  Kelly, Lynne, “The Memory Code”, 2016
> Publisher: Allen & Unwin.
>  Jose Lull and Juan Antonio Belmonte,
> “Constellations of Ancient Egypt”, accessed
I have been researching real world use of the zig zag line heiroglyph and found that it’s quite variable in the number of peaks and valleys. This makes its usage for the 7 to stand on tenuous ground.
Reading the story again, there is another piece that I missed which is that the fish pendant is sitting on top of a shard or sherd. The shard is only mentioned the once in the story yet takes up seven glyphs.
Supporting the theory that this story has an astonomical theme to it, the water height we are told is 12 cubits and 24 when folded over this representing the Egyptian 12 hours of the day and night.