Thursday, October 19, 2006

Rameses


One technique of the royalty is to claim connection to heavenly firmament. There was Louis XIV, the Sun King, and there's been a few sons of heaven, eg. the emporer of Japan. One evening I was watching a show on ancient Egypt, actually, the decyphering of the Rosetta stone. They were explaining how an egyptologist deduced the pronunciation of "Rameses". He'd concluded that meses was near enough to a known word meaning "born of". But the show jumped on from there, leaving me wondering, born of what? It would presumably have to be something to do with Ra. What's Ra?! Oh, Ra, the sun god, or just the sun. So Rameses would be, born of the sun. Unlike the rest of us riff raff. Well, well, well, the game was going on even way back then. Today it continues in the movie entertainment world, where we call them stars, not plain old actors.

The egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion who figured out how to read many hieroglyphics from the copies given him in France, did eventually make a visit to Egypt. They say he ran around the walls reading everything with the eagerness of a kid let loose in a candy store. Maybe fractals are the same way, one big candy store.

2 Comments:

Blogger Tim said...

Gods of the Electric Brain

Pouring forth the holy voltage down an arching, sparking pantheon waterfall of warlords, one drop falling from the toe of lowest king, hitting the earth and sending it into crackling convulsions of power.

I think I've had too much candy. I feel dizzy.

10/20/2006 12:07 PM

 
Blogger Philip Northover said...

Or, as the Bangles might say, walk like an egyptian or the curse of King Tut will be upon you! ;-)

10/23/2006 8:38 AM

 

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