More Hornung

Probably going to drop juicy bits out of this book for a bit.

By evading rigid schemes and fixed roles, the Egyptians went against precisely those ordering principles that modern science strives to uphold. Overly schematic modern attempts at interpretation prove incompatible with ancient Egyptian sources and fail to promote genuine understanding. While they eschewed complete symmetry, the Egyptians also avoided the opposite extreme of sheer randomness and the dissolution of all order. Their ideal was to follow a middle course of lively yet careful deviation from a set pattern–and that ideal was closely related to their notion of ongoing regeneration.

– “Limits and Symmetries”, Erik Hornung, Idea into Image

If any of my readers are interested in a Wheel of the Year basis calendar, by the way, I made one of them too.

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