In ancient Egypt, Khepera, the dung beetle, represents the aspects of light, particularly the sun god Re, coming into being.

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Hymn to Hathor

 

from The Egyptian Book of the Dead

translation by Normandi Ellis

 

Blue-lidded daughter of dawn, golden lady of the mountains, carrier of her father’s wisdom, let an old man rest in your arms. Let him look last on love’s face, breathing love’s breath. I live in light a million years. The sun rises or sets now – it matters not. Here is ecstasy in death and certainty in life. We are gods in the body of god, truth and love our destinies. Go then and make of the world something beautiful, set up a light in the darkness.

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