By Olaf Tausch https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/Dendera_Tempel_Zodiak_05.jpg

Deckenrelief (Kopie des Tierkreises) in der Kapelle des Tierkreises (Zodiak) auf dem Dach des Hathor-Tempels von Dendera, Ägypten, 16 October 2014 by Olaf Tausch

Dear Egyptomaniacs, Egyptologists etc.

Stumbling upon information on a lost Egyptian astrological treatise on the decans in the zodiak, called ‘Salmeshiniaka’, I wondered whether it would be possible to reconstruct the whole decanates based on scant information that we possess.

All of a sudden I got a flash of an inspiration. Perhaps the key lays in the Egyptian Book of the Dead? After all, the passages in the Egyptian Book of the Dead are in some way related to the journeying of the souls and the dead, journeying of the Sun and Deities....

So equipped with Budge’s Penguin edition, I browsed through the story. What I found is astounding!

Indeed the fragmentary stories from the plates correspond to the Dendera Zodiak.

The Book of the Dead, or the 'book of directions' as I like to call it now, was a guide of repeating the ‘descend and ascent’ of the sun and one’s individual spirit (female little Isis, male little Osiris) throughout the Southern gates, upon which the soul-spirit returned to heavens. That would correspond with later Orphic-Eleusinian and Roman-Mithraic mysteries.

I did not research it well YET, but I believe all correspondences may be extracted by future adventurers in Egyptology, for now I leave this small hint behind, as I plan to work on an academic paper related to this, please let me know what do you think?

I'm leaving the correspondences which I found already written on a yellow paper below:

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Drawing: Mateusz Zalewski-G.

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    Please do yourself a favour... Forget Budge... i know... I KNOW... This is the most easily avaliable translation, but his translation was innacurate even for his time, andits translation is totally outdated (and ugly, oh so ugly) for the modern standard. Remind this rule: Budge + Egyptology = mistake. That guy was writting in 1880-1920! With all the preconcieved notions of his time. Use Faulkner one as a standard, not Budge, never ever use Budge without knowing exactly what you are doing. – Gibet Nov 14 '18 at 8:18
  • Thank you, I will get a hold of Faulkner, I've got his 'Coffin Spells', I will gather what I may from the libraries. I'll leave this post for now, as a 'Budge approach' with your comment as a very informative point for others. – Wolves' Shepherd. Nov 19 '18 at 4:57
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    Good! then beware with good old Faulkner, people after his death did upgrade his unfinished translation (better knowledge of Egyptian... significantly) no monotheist point of view. There is one retouched by Carol Andrews, in modern american English. There is also one by Ogden Goelet with full illustrations [hireoglyhic + translation] (highly recommended by Gibet). – Gibet Nov 20 '18 at 9:23
  • You may find this an interesting read: The Dendera zodiacs as narratives of the myth of Osiris, Isis, and the child Horus – Codosaur Dec 2 '18 at 11:28

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