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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 7:50 am    Post subject: Over... the rainbow... Reply with quote



George B. Johnson wrote:
A scene in the Amarna tomb of Meryre, south wall, east side, shows Akhenaten and Nefertiti offering to an unusual representation of the sun. Davies proposes that this represents the setting sun. (The Rock Tombs of El Amarna, Part I) It is also proposed - by whom I cannot recall - that it may represent a rainbow. To my knowledge this is the only scene in Egyptian art that may represent a rainbow. I photographed the scene with high contrast color film several years ago and some colors may still be seen. Davies notes blue, green and an unknown color in the bands. The unknown color may have been red, but the photograph was not able to detect any of the third color.


Could it be, in a land without hardly any rainfall?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some kind of halo phenomenon? I've seen rainbow like halos round the moon before and maybe they could form round the sun too. Not sure how halos are formed and if you would see them in egypt but perhaps that's what it is.

It brings to mind a very strange sight I saw when I was very young. Now don't laugh at me because I'm pretty sure I was not hallucinating. I was watching a sunset-and on the other side of it was another 'sun'-a fainter patch of fuzzy light that appeared hidden behind thin cloud, and was surrounded by rainbow like colours. I know it sounds very weird but I'm pretty sure I was not imagining things. I have not been able to find an explanation for what I saw.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's an article in Amarna Letters Vol 4 by Lenore O. Congdon titled
A rare solar display (depicted in the tomb of Meryre I at El Amarna).

She proposes that this scene shows a rare grouping of solar haloes. She goes on to say that it probably took place in the very early morning as the sun was rising.
She thinks it must have taken place in the winter.

The haloes are a result of ice crystals. She does say that if these crystals were in high cirrus clouds, then it could have been in any of the cooler months.

She compares the color and the spacing of the solar arc as well as the types of arcs they make, and concludes that the depicted arcs are relatively accurate in their spacing, and the colors do match.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could it be something as simple like a solar eclipse?
(Or maybe I just don't understand the whole premise of it Embarassed )
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raia wrote:
Could it be something as simple like a solar eclipse?
(Or maybe I just don't understand the whole premise of it Embarassed )


It would then depict several stages of the eclipse?

Wouldn't that have completely freaked them out? Imagine worshipping the sun, and then slowly seeing it disappear.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wouldn't that have completely freaked them out? Imagine worshipping the sun, and then slowly seeing it disappear.


That's an excellent point, I didn't think about that.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still excellent question you brought up: would there be any inscriptional evidence of a solar eclipse?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 27, 2004 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Anneke for explaining about haloes. Now I know what causes them. I wonder if that's what caused that other phenomenon I saw too...

I've heard eclipses were percieved in ancient Egypt as the sun being devoured by Apep. I've also seen a theory connecting eclipses (both lunar and solar) with the Eye of Horus.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The colors could be a depiction of the different stages of the sun. As they said there was four stages of the day, since they did have different depictions and names for the sun god.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe that is how he unified the lands, bringing the different sun gods together. This hieroglyph is iconic in the time of Akhenaton.
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