Egyptian HOR, OR HAR, in ancient Egyptian religion, god in the form of a falcon whose eyes were the sun and the moon. Falcon cults were widespread in Egypt. At Nekhen (Greek: Hierakonpolis), however, the conception arose that the reigning king was a manifestation of Horus and, after Egypt had been united by the kings from Nekhen, this conception became a generally accepted dogma. The first of the Egyptian king's five names was the Horus name–i.e., the name that identified him with Horus.
Horus appeared as a local god in many places and under different names and epithets: for instance, as Harmakhis (Har-em-akhet, "Horus in the Horizon"); Harpocrates (Har-pe-khrad, "Horus the Child"); Harsiesis (Har-si-Ese, "Horus, Son of Isis"); Harakhte ("Horus of the Horizon," closely associated with the sun god Re); and, at Kawm Umbu (Kom Ombo), as Haroeris (Harwer, "Horus the Elder").
The origin of Osiris is obscure; he was a local god of Busiris, in Lower Egypt, and may have been a personification of chthonic (underworld) fertility, or possibly a deified hero. By about 2400 BC, however, Osiris clearly played a double role: he was both a god of fertility and the embodiment of the dead and resurrected king. Osiris, god of the underworld was not only ruler of the dead but also the power that granted all life from the underworld, from sprouting vegetation to the annual flood of the Nile River.
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I liked the one about the hawk. An hawk eats about once in three days. Having hunted for a couple of days, his gravity wouldn't be restored to him until it was excercised. Most stunts would result in the prey getting away until having starved it would be in perfect balance with itself, its environment and its intention.
Then it would be back on a watchtower for a day or so, farting off dead rabbits or small birds -whatever.
I like the timing of the hawk's meals. One dinner to the next in digestion time periods that is similar to the rainy season versus the dry in the Sahel, is it? Not? At any rate the idea is prefererable to the idea that horses can't survive shipment through the horse channels for a few days or longer. Why send them by sea? Why not buy the stock in Britain or Ireland and send them from there?
What about the cattle?
Cattle need 5 tmes more water than horses. Horses are animals of the desert and the steppe. They thrive in the Sahel. They are the preferred livestock in Northern China, Mongolia and Mustang.
I'd have thought that if any livestock was so numerous in the seas off Spain and Portugal -headed for America, the things would have been cows or Oxen.
There is no reason to suspect the gods of various regions having similar myths about them, would have something in common with the sound of their names in a completely different language.
But I like the idea.
Babylon used to have a two seasonal year. Summer and winter we'd call it in the northern hemisphere.
But I am a dweller of the north and my ideas are those of the chaotic British weather and the organised British calender.
I like the idea that the gods would be revealed in the names of the parts of the earth.
Babylon is in the zone we call the Horse Latitudes; the region at sea where merchants used to sacrifice horses.
No; I don't think so.
That sounds like a very expensive religion. Not one likely to get rich quick or slowly.
The Horse latitudes are most likely the regions named after the chaotic nature of the weather there.
It is the region most likely to reach a stable sea surface pressure of about 1016 millibars, if I were asked.
Which I won't be, because I don't know.
How about naming the physics of place after the various religions of the place.
Would it make more sense if the Horse Latitudes were nmaed after the gods Horus? Osiris? or Error?
That last one was me making the pieces fit again. Error isn't a god. It is the nearest to the sound of the name of a Babylonian god that I can make the fit to.
But then, when it comes to religion you can make your god fit your needs very easily. Look what the rednecks in the Colonial Party did in the last decade.
What the current oaf is doing.
What the last home of every righteous thing used to do under Victoria and on down. Wasn't every English Edwardian Lady married to a racist?
…that would be the people who were alve when George Bush's mother was getting her education.
What do you think?
The world was divided in those days into the British Colonies and Elsewhere.
And the people in the world in those days were either whites or natives.
The higher etchelon of course were the White British. And they have, still to this day, three etchelons. Upper class and Middle class and us.
(Us; "We" the people who used to do the work before the Upper class discovered China.)
SPeking of China…
The Horus Latitude is a nebulous region that extends roughly whatever the weather is doing around 30 degrees north and about the same degree to the same degree south.
From the outer edge of one tropic to the outer edge of the other the world contains a weather phenomenon called the Hadley cell.
Tropical storms run under it.
Outside that remit lie great semi deserts of the world. Regions whose lives are controlled by the vagaries of the "Rainy season".
Unless you live in China or southern North America (Mexican USAsia)Indonesia.
Or even then…
What do I know?
…I know that the mathematics worked out by Hadley and the improvements to his model of the atmosphere made by people like Coriolis and Ferrel, all mean less than nothing if there is no means of analysing the calculations in a laboratory and investigating the behaviour with scientific controls….
And showing the distribution of packets of air by inserting them with marked atoms or molecules and releasing them into just such a system outside the laboratory and then showing us the unequivocal results proving it…
…Is the only way this third class, second rate Elizabethan is going to take the concept to heart once again.
In the meantime, here is a good one to play with:
Invent a pictographic set of icons that shows the distribution and physical behaviour of water in the weather cycle.
René Descartes managed it in a woodcut for his treatise:
"Discourse on Method".