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Set 'n' Horus - bad history alert

From: (Michelle/Tom Catlett-Tetzlaff)
Subject: Re:  Set 'n' Horus - bad history alert
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 23:33:20 -0800

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Tim writes:

>Worst of all the essay descends into quasi-Atlantean crackpotism:
>>These blacksmiths, the mesniu, were men armed with weapons made of metal
>>(divine iron). Whether the forged iron was star metal from an Asteroid or
>>some other source we are not able to determine.
>"We are not able to determine," indeed! Such careful attention to closely
>reasoning and intellectual standards is warming to the heart. Strangely
>enough I am also not able to determine whether the air is filled with
>intangible anteaters. However, I feel reasonable enough giving the answer
>"no" to that question, or to the question of the asteroid origin of the
>blacksmiths' swords.

Frankly, this just looks to me like an awkward condensation from the source
material.  Meteoric iron was generally clearly distinguished from
terrestrial iron in ancient texts (Hittite and Egyptian, for example)
because of its divine / heavenly nature.  It was reserved for use by kings
and priests.  Therefore it wouldn't be at all out of line for the author of
whatever source text was used to write this essay to speculate that the
weapons of the heroic/divine metalworkers were forged of 'black iron of
heaven' since the bearers of such weapons were believed to be invincible.
Of course, 'asteroid' is not synonymous with 'meteorite,' but it seems
fairly clear that he isn't claiming that the heroic metalworkers mined an
asteroid.  In fact, if the source text actually translates the weapons as
being of 'divine iron,' then it's almost certain to have been meteoric
iron.  It's no mystery.  Modern archaologists are not at all confused on
this point!

I'm not sure where the whole bit about iron is going in the essay, however.
The Temple of Horus at Edfu is pretty late, between 200 and 300 BC, from
what I remember.  And the techological accomplishments of the builders of
the pyramids are hardly in question.  The source material may have dated
from last century, is my thought.  Donald, what source material did you
use?  Where does the speculation about the deified human Horus come from?

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