Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A short history lesson....

This is a simulation of an ordinary Egyptian's personal household shrine from Ancient Egypt about 5,000 years ago. The Ankh in the center is the hieroglyph meaning "Life", and in those days, it was often shown in combination with the hieroglyphs for "Strength" ( a candle flame ) and "Health" ( a shepherd's crook ) in the common phrase "Life, Strength, Health" which was roughly equivalent to Commander Spock's famous Star Trek saying "Live Long and Prosper". 

And that's your "Egyptology 101" for this morning, Kiddies. Enjoy your day!

Short 'PS' ....
There are approximately 600 different hieroglyphs or 'pictographs' or 'ideograms' in the language of the Ancient Egyptians. Chinese is a similarly hieroglyphic or pictographically expressed language, but there are over 3,000 symbols, taking many years to fully learn. Amazingly, our English does it on less than three dozen, including punctuation. But - and this is a big 'but' - English doesn't have the means for the inflections and modifiers included in those others. So those others can be much more specific if done well by experts.

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