Three days to go....two stretch goals remain.
As promised in my previous Facebook update (at http://www.facebook.com/tamarasiuda) , the photo in this update is of Ru standing on a statue of Anubis. Ru did that of his own volition. I didn't encourage him to stand on the statue - and I was rather surprised he didn't break it!
Today in the Egyptian calendar is a very special day. In addition to being a new moon (or Pesdjentiu, in the ancient language), it is the birthday of Horus the Younger, or "Horus the son of Isis" (Heru-sa-Aset or Harsiesis). Traditionally this birthday is celebrated on the new moon of IV Peret (the month also called Renenutet after its patron goddess, or Pharmouthi in Coptic). Horus the Younger is a fascinating deity, and not just because of his legendary battle with his uncle Seth for the throne of Egypt, retold at the Tour Egypt website in all its PG-13 rated, campfire-story glory: http://www.touregypt.net/contendingshorusseth.htm .
Horus the Younger is a god of kingship, protection, and order, who assumes the throne of Osiris after being proven worthy to ascend it. While he is often compared to Jesus (and especially since he was known to the Greeks as "Horus the Savior," among other titles), Horus isn't the same deity, nor was he born on December 25 as some people have suggested. In the ancient calendars, Horus the Younger's birthday is always celebrated at the new moon of the last month of the Growing season (Peret or Proyet).
Another Horus, called "the Elder" because he is Osiris's brother and not his son, celebrates his own birthday during the "five days upon the year." These are the epagomenal days that fall between one ancient Egyptian year and the next. I'll comment more on the epagomenals, and the five great gods and goddesses who have their birthdays in that time out of time, in my next update.
For now, we're back to spreading the word during our last 72 hours of pledging. Can you believe it's almost been a month? I'm so excited and pleased. Our main goal is achieved, and our first stretch goal is passed. What can we do toward the remaining stretch goals? Can't wait to see. Please keep sharing the page on your social media and getting the word out any way you can, and thank you.