An Annotated & Illustrated Collection of Worldwide Links to Mythologies,
Fairy Tales & Folklore, Sacred Arts & Sacred Traditions
by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
Pacifica Graduate Institute
EGYPT & THE SAHARA
Isis (on the left), sister-wife of Osiris
and their sister Nephthys, sister-wife of their brother Set
Detail from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer,
Painted papyrus, Thebes, 19th Dynasty, c.1285 BCE
Also check under Multiple Category Sites,
Religious Beliefs & Practices,
and Egypt: General Information
[Annotation updated 23 January 2003]: This site is from Katherine Griffis-Greenberg, an instructor at the University of Alabama who has a long involvment with Egyptology; several of her excellent essays are excerpts from longer papers and reflect her love of Egyptian scholarship. On this page she offers four illustrated essays of varying lengths: a brief one looks at Egyptian goddesses and the role of women in general; another brief one looks at Isis; a third, which is much longer and richer, explores Hathor. My favorite is a very long, illustrated, detailed, marvelous paper on Neith. (For my review of this, check my Star Lore page.) Here is a direct link to the Neith page: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/8669/neith.html.http://members.aol.com/egyptart/mytho.html
This is an attractive and large collection of myths, and gods and goddesses by artist/photographer, Richard Deurer. His stories and texts are very well done, informative, appealing. He illustrates this site with ancient artifacts as well as with his own renderings of the deities. Related links will lead you to galleries of his own photographs and Egyptian-style, often amusing, paintings. (See under my Egypt: through the Eyes of Photographers for a direct link to his photos of cities and sites of Egypt.)
"Walk like an Egyptian" is the name of this site by Ramona Louise Wheeler. It is philosophical, insightful, rich in data, very lengthy. I haven't yet had a chance to read all of it but I was struck by her approach to the Seven Portals (chakras) and plan to spend time reading the entire site at a later date. She's an interesting woman who taught herself to read Egyptian hieroglyphs as a counter-balance to dyslexia -- years of study into the language's deep-structures have given her a unique viewpoint.Update 2 March 2000: I'm pleased to announce that this site has recently been published as a book in its own right! Click on its link for further details.
Copyright by the artist, Sandra Stanton (used with permission)
FYI: Stanton's site provides data on Sekmet.
This site on the cat-goddess Bast (and lion-headed Sekhmet) is written by a very appealing modern-day worshipper who is passionate, insightful, and learned in the scholarship on Bast -- I'm really pleased that she is careful to provide good data on her references. Just click on "Essay" (in the top menu-bar) and follow her links.http://www.m-m.org/jz/sphinxj.html
This is on the Bennu, or Egyptian phoenix, and its connection to the god Horus. It comes from the intriguing divination system, The Book of the Dead: An Alchemical Oracle from Ancient Egypt, by Athon Veggi and Alison Davidson.
At the bottom of the page, the icon for the "Sphinx" will take you to lost civilizations and the debate over the age of the sphinx. Although I initially backed off when I came across this, I looked at a few articles and found them sober and balanced. Since this section on my website is on Egyptian mythology, it seems fair to include current esoteric mythologies as well (especially since I did not come across any foolish Robert Temple quotes at this site). If you follow these links, however, please also read the eloquent argument for the other side by Dr. Zahi Hawass, Director General of the Egyptian Pyramids (this link to his official website is also in my section called Pyramids).FYI & off-topic: this Bennu site is run by a group called "Millennium Matters" (MM) and you'll find their other icon-links at the bottom of their page. The one on "Gaia" will take you to some fascinating data on earth changes (go to "Geology Alert": under "Earthquake Data Resources" click on "Understanding Earthquakes," and then click on "Rotating Globe" -- this is a fascinating animated globe, which can be viewed at different angles, showing active earthquake activity on land and sea). The site also gives predictions of future changes; common sense survival needs, etc. What I saw of the overall presentation impressed me as being both serious and tasteful; nothing was sensationalized.
[Link updated 23 January 2003]
This page on Egyptian mythology comes from the huge "Encyclopedia Mythica," an ambitious project undertaken by Micha Lindemans of Holland. With close to 5000 entries overall, he is covering worldwide mythology with brief summaries of key deities, heroes, figures of lore, peoples, themes. (He accepts material for his project from interested people of all ages, which accounts for the uneven, albeit interesting, quality.)
For Egypt, he provides over 200 entries. Although I loathe sites with intrusive, choppy frames, this one really works. He lists small-printed names alphabetically to the left in a small vertical frame that takes up very little room and never spills over into the text. Then he provides summaries, some very brief, others pleasantly detailed, in the space to the right. If you jump to his home page, you can get an idea of the scope of his project. In many areas, he relies heavily upon Bulfinch's sentimentalized, outdated stories, but people do seem to love them and that counts for a great deal.
Alexandria/ Amarna/Art & Artifacts/Daily Life in Ancient Egypt/Egypt: General Information, Travel, Etc./
Egypt: through the Eyes of Photographers & Artists/ Hieroglyphs, Papyrus & Texts/ Links to the Links/
Men of Ancient Egypt/ Multiple Category Sites/ Mythology/ Other Archaeological Sites/ Pyramids/
Religious Beliefs&Practices/ Women of Ancient Egypt/ The Sahara
Please note that I cannot help with homework questions -- you will find useful links with tips for doing your own web searches on my Search Engine page. You will also find excellent resources on my General Reference page. Good luck with your projects!
Text and Design:
Copyright 1998-2003 by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D.
All rights reserved.
17 July 1999;
27 & 30 December 1999;
18 February 2000 (re-checked all links);
2 March 2000: shifted 3 dead links to the new Graveyard page;
23 January 2003: re-designed, un-Webcom-d, links-check.
The Goddess Isis
Copyright by the artist, Sandra Stanton (used with permission)
FYI: her site provides data on Isis.
Note: "Thatch" background (I've darkened it) is from Dream Tiles.