Sometimes Research = More Reasons To Want To Set Things On Fire

Calendar again, of course.

I was looking into Rekeh-Wer and Rekeh-nedjes, the festivals of Greater and Lesser Burning, because I figure things that matter enough to get recorded at least for a while in month names should be considered as things to put on the calendar.

Which led to running http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rekeh-wer and http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rekeh-nedjes through Google translate and swearing a lot. Because not only are these festivals, as I vaguely remembered, named for “the months you really need the furnace going ‘cos it’s cold”, but which months they were celebrated in apparently changed over time! (Possibly with the precession of the calendar, even, to keep them at the same time of year.)

Which means – for one – that the concept of these festivals, no matter how significant, has a major northern/southern hemisphere split and is thus incompatible with the goal of a calendar that makes some bloody sense regardless of location and is more localisable than that. (Here, the Lesser Burning would probably fall earlier than the Greater, for example.)

So what the fuck do I do about that? I mean, aside from research to see if there were any other associations for these festivals if I can find some information about them. Even if they were month names in the Middle Kingdom (by the New they’d been replaced, more or less) and thus worth considering, they’re just. Argh. Local. Essentially by the power of their naming.

Mutter mutter kick things set things on fire LOOK I AM CELEBRATING A BURNING FESTIVAL. JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEXT BLIZZARD.

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7 thoughts on “Sometimes Research = More Reasons To Want To Set Things On Fire

  1. jewelofaset says:

    They are listed in the Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara Siuda if that helps any.

  2. Ian Dennis says:

    Do you mind if I ask how you celebrate the burning festival? What exactly do you set fire to? (Nothing important, hopefully. ;) )

  3. jewelofaset says:

    Oh, I’m also remembering reading a reference to them in the House of Horus at Edfu by Watterson (I think).

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