On the same evening and referring to the the second story “Ubainer and the Wax Crocodile” which is told to Khufu by Prince Khafre as a story of the Chief Lector Priest Ubainer in the time of the Pharoah Nebka. This story has suffered significant lacunae but the narrative provides a vivid and traumatic story of the Chief Lector Priest Ubainer whose caretaker informs him that his wife is improperly meeting with a commoner in the Pavilion of his garden. Ubainer fashions a crocodile of wax and instructs his caretaker:
“As soon as the commoner has gone into the pool, as is his daily custom, then you will throw this crocodile [...] after him."
This passage sets up a notion that the commoner has a daily routine that is predictable, which when read in conjunction with other passages that describe his “coming out” during the evening provides a hint that the commoner may be a star or asterism. Ubainer’s caretaker follows Ubainer’s instructions on an evening where Ubainer’s wife entertains the commoner again:
“After it had become evening the commoner came out, as was his daily custom. Then the caretaker threw the crocodile of wax after him into the water, and it became a crocodile of seven cubits, and it seized the commoner [...]”
The traumatic experience of the commoner being seized by the Crocodile in seeming retribution for an act of impropriety makes the story highly memorable. Following this seizure of the commoner, a seven day period elapses before Ubainer summons the crocodile in the presence of Pharoah Nebka:
“Then the majesty of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Nebka, justified, said: "Perhaps it is a crocodile."
Ubainer then bent down and picked it up, and in his hand it was a crocodile of wax. Then, the chief lector priest Ubainer recounted this thing that the commoner had been doing in his house with his wife to the majesty of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Nebka, justified. Then His Majesty said to the crocodile:
"Take what is yours!"
The crocodile then went down to [...] of the pool, and the place where it went with him never became known.
Then the majesty of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Nebka, justified, had the wife of Ubainer taken away to a plot of land north of the residence and he burnt her, [...] thrown in the river.
Lull and Belmonte identify a large crocodile in the space where Hydra is and a small crocodile in the space where Leo Minor is. Possibly the commoner referred to is Cancer or Gemini.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 13-Feb-20 13:16 by engbren.