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Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends

    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    No one can rightly comprehend the trend and currents of Egyptian faith who does not possess some acquaintance with Egyptian history, manners, and customs.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    My remarks, too, upon totemism in Egypt may engender opposition, though I believe that the rank of the authorities I can call to my aid will succeed in disarming criticism of my arguments.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    Their lifelong acquaintance with original texts gives them, of course, authority to which I gladly bow, but I feel, on the other hand, that my own close studies of mythological problems, which are as vital to the interests of the science as its linguistic and archæological sides, entitle me to advance my personal views upon such, even when these are opposed to those of authorities whose reputation in the field of Egyptology stands deservedly high.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    sedulously careful not to attempt the impertinence of contradicting them in matters linguistic.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    If I have differed from Egyptologists of standing in matters mythological, I have been sedulous
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    In the study of hieroglyphic systems I was attracted toward the wonderful system of writing which prevailed among the Maya of Central America, and through it to the consideration of Mexican archæology in general.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    For several years I laboured at these assiduously, studying the languages, Semitic and African, including Coptic, which are cognate with the Egyptian.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    I find it necessary to state, then, that the study of Egyptian hieroglyphs is not new to me.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    —it is essential that I should at the outset protect myself against any charges of lack of acquaintance with the science of Egyptology.
    Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    are Egyptian and therefore 'classic' and inviolate will no longer remain unquestioned among that section of the public accustomed to think for itself, and such pronouncements as that the animal gods of Egypt have no connexion with totemic origins will shortly assume their proper perspective.
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