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Eyes on Egypt and the Book of the Law

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Re: Eyes on Egypt and the Book of the Law
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 2003 17:37:01 GMT

blandcriminal wrote:
> 
> jk wrote:

> > Prophet 718 wrote:

> >> The translator could have used the name *Behedet*---
> >> in describing the winged disk as it appears on the stele,
> >> but the name is really the town where the legend was born.

 "Legend"? I thought this was a religion. 

> >> Instead, he chose *Hadit*, 

> How do you know that?

> which based on the crude understanding

> of Egyptian grammar in 1904 

> How would this "crude understanding" [of grammar] have 
> affected the translation of the name?

> >> was probably a name
> >> that is synonymous with the winged disk and
> >> the eye of Hoor: Hadjit. 
> >> The translator may have considered the *D* as
> >> the correct phoneme, and not *Dj*.

> > And why again would the translator have made this consideration?

English spellings i have seen for the Egyptian word that
names the object generally called the "Eye of Horus" or "Eye
of Hoor" include uajet, udjat, udjet, utchat, utchut,
wadjat, wadjet, wadjit, wadjyt, wedjat, etc. (Note that
there is also an Egyptian cobra-goddess called Wadjet, also
spelled some of these same ways in English.)

The central "j", "dj", or "tch" sound is carried though in
every English transliteration i know of the word describing
the Eye of Horus. I have never -- outside of Crowley's
writing -- seen the word for the Eye of Horus spelled
"Hadit." 

I find it difficult to believe that the generally poor
understanding of Egyptian *grammar* in 1904 would lead any
Egyptologist (even an "assistant" who was merely making
transliterations) to substitute a hard "d" for a distinctly
voiced "j" "dj" or "tch" as known and understood by all
other Egyptologists of the era. 

cat yronwode 

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