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Stele of Revealing.

From: ata 
Subject: Re: Stele of Revealing.
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 12:59:45 +0200


The stela is described fairly detailed in "The Holy Books of Thelema", from
where the following has been "lifted":

The stela is a funerary monument of Ankh-f-n-khonsu, a Theban priest of
Month (or mentu) who flourished circa 725 B.C.E., in Egypt's 25th Dynasty.
The Egyptologist Abd el Hamid Zayed gave the stela its first publication in
the archaeological literture in 1968: "The back of the stela is occupied by
eleven horizontal lines of inscription, the first part of which is a version
of The Book of the Dead, chap. 30. This chapter is usually engraved upon a
large scarab. It is very unusual to find it inscribed upon a stela. The
second half of the inscription is part of The Book of the Dead, ch. 2, and,
in the Theban recension, it was entitled: 'The chapter of coming forth by
day and living after death'. Its object was to allow the astral form of the
deceased to revisit the eart at will." certain other observations by Zayed
are of interest. he notes that painted wooden stelae are uncommen, since
they were usually carved in stone. This stela is doubly unusual in that the
reverse side, usually undecorated, is also painted. Concerning painted
wooden stelae in general, he remarks that "it is noteworthy that they all
seem to originate from Thebes and its neighborhood, and that their owners
are mostly persons attached to the cults of Month and Amon." He also notes
that "a very interesting point about these stelae is the evidence they
afford for the religious views of the period. Most noteworthy is the
identification of the forms of Ra-Horakhty {Ra-Hoor-Khuit] with Soker-osiris."

The curator of the Boulaq Museum arranged for a French translation of the
Egyptian text of the stela in the weeks preceding the writing of Liber
legis. Crowley translated this into English, in verse form. The French
translation is given in Appendix A in "The Holy Books", as well as the
translation known as The Gardiner-Gunn translation that was commissioned by
Crowley from two prominent Egyptologists, and a new analytical translation
prepared in 1982.

93 93/93

fr. Evmaios
Sine spes, sine timor.

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