So, in the hopes of getting myself active and doing research and posting some more, since I’m in theory trying to work on a new book, I’m going to be trying to do a weekly quotation from some of my books. Going to start with some of the classics for my line of study. Some of these will be important, some of these will be quirky, some of these will just be ‘here, have a shiny object’, I suspect.
So here is a thing:
The origin of the created world in a process of diversification, of the separation of elements that were previously united, dominates Egyptian ideas of creation. Earth and sky, which were originally united, are separated by Shu; light comes forth from darkness; land emerges from the primeval water; the creator god “divided (wpj) the nature of the one from that of the other”, thus endowing every being with its unmistakable individuality.
– Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many, Erik Hornung, pages 171-2, translated by John Baines. The internal quotation is attributed to the Cairo hymn to Amun 4,3 in a footnote.