What time is it? Time for an update!
Welcome to III Akhet 2! Here's what happened today, in ancient Egyptian festival calendars:
III Akhet 2
Chronokrater: Neith, Who Protects the Land (LGG6, 139, Dendera; LGG4, 124, Kom Ombo)
Nebtu (LGG4, 34, Edfu and Kom Ombo)
Anhur (LGG1, 378, Dendera and Dendera Mammisi)
Procession of Harsomtus, Lord of Khadi, Day 3 of 3 (TFC, Dendera)
Return of Wadjet from Buto to the Gods of the Chapel, “in order to permit throwing (?) around the place of the gods’ jubilation” (CC, LGG4, 549; Leitz TW 109)
Return of Mut (Piye Victory Stela, AF)
The above, in italics, is excerpted from the raw data entry of today's calendar details.
There are 366 such day-entries in the Ancient Egyptian Daybook - and today's, incidentally, is very much on the shorter side. (Some days are hundreds of lines long, and contain more than 20 festivals.) Each of those little numbers and abbreviations is a specific reference to a primary or secondary source where you can look up the calendar data for yourself, if you wish. And those day entries are just for the known 360 days of the year, the five epagomenal days for the birthdays of the Children of the goddess Nut, and the Alexandrian calendar "leap day" 366 that was decreed to be added every fourth year. This does not count separate entries for lunar observation festivals or the number of appendix pages dedicated to one-time or specific references such as the dates of royal coronations, victory celebrations, or other historical events.
There's a lot going on, and most of it is very exciting!
The Ancient Egyptian Daybook is getting closer to publication. I'm almost ready to turn it over to the beta readers for final edits. Our amazing artist, Megan Zane (who also now has a Patreon - please go support her!) sent me some more art to include in the final copy, like this drawing, entitled Time Lord in honor of our years-long battle with the gods of each day, detailed in previous updates:
i'm so pleased. I've taken more time off from work and dissertation work to focus on the Daybook to get it done. I cannot wait to get this thing into your hands.
Thank you all, once again, for your patience and for your belief in me. I'll work on making more frequent updates as we get closer to the release date, which wasn't August (obviously you already know that), but should be soon.
There's still room on the library donation list too (our second stretch goal). On one of my breaks, I'll type up the list we already have so you can see it. I'm very appreciative for all of the goodwill and support and lovely emails and Facebook posts I've gotten recently; it's reminding me that this is a group project even if I'm doing all the work right now...and that I am so grateful that every one of you has taken part in this manifestation of more than 20 years of research.
Thank you. More soon!