Sunday, February 7, 2010

This 'n That

Hola!  I'm feeling lazy today, but I have too much to do before I can settle down to a PBS evening.  The final part of the Masterpiece's "Emma" is on this evening, and after that, parts 3 and 4 of "Lost in Austen" which I have the DVD of but have not gotten over the non-transitions of the story line.  And just how did our ersatz "Elizabeth" replacement get by visiting the Bennets for weeks with no clothes??? 

Anyway, I have to trek to the Pick 'n Save and do some laundry, and sit down and start organizing income tax information.  Ick.  So, naturally, I'm blogging instead :)

I'm paying brief visits to see what's new at some of my sites around the internet:

Minerva Magazine Online (January/February 2010):
  • Online review of The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt - Edited by Emily Teeter & Janet H. Johnson, University of Chicago - 2009 135pp, illus in colour and b/w throughout Paperback, £28.  I've written about Emily Teeter of the University of Chicago before.  I would read anything she had a hand in.  I have an Amazon gift card from Christmas that I haven't used yet - this will be a perfect purchase and addition to my ever-expanding library on ancient Egypt.
  • Abstracts from the 2008 International Phaistos Disk Conference
Zenobia: Empress of the East:

I love reading archaeologist Judith Weingarten's blog, her prose and her analysis are always engaging and crystal clear.  Some recent uber-cool posts:
  • Read about the "Mistresses of Num" in Dance and Trance in Old Zimbabewe (January 26, 2010).  I relate the concept of "num" to what Carlos Castenada wrote about as "will" - which also originates in the abdomen, around the belly-button area.  It's been at least 30 years since I read Castenada in undergrad - I don't even remember the name of the class, or the name of the professor except that he was young and extremely intense, but that semester exposed me to esoteric traditions (although at the time I did not recognize them as such) from all around the world. You may be right, I may be crazy...  But this is how I vaguely remember the concept of "will": if backed with enough personal intent focused behind a thought, it could manifest into reality -- either as a form or as an event.  I also seem to recall the concept of some people (shamans?) being able to perceive gossamer golden "threads" springing forth from certain navels, manifesting forms and events into the world -- but I honestly cannot say if this is a memory from reading Castenada or something I read elsewhere.
    What I do find fascinating about the images of the cave paintings that Judith Weingarten posted is their striking a chord deep inside me to scenes I recall seeing depicted in Jeannine Davis-Kimball's book Warrior Women in the Tien Shan, far far away from the San cave paintings.  I pulled the book off one of my bookcases and dug through it until I found the image and text I sought.  No, after all, the figures depicted are not similar and yet - and yet - there is something.  This image (above)  is not the best, but I did find it online and it is identical as far as I can tell to the one contained in Davis-Kimball's book. (Read more about the petroglyphs).
  • Like a Butterfly Crazed with Love... (January 15, 2010)
    My "drunken butterfly" episode aside, this is one damn good demonstration of synchronicity.  Right after the pages of Davis-Kimball's book cited above, is a chapter entitled "Mother Goddesses and Enarees."  Castratos and enarees, peas in a pod. 
British Archaeology:

1 comment:

Judith Weingarten said...

Hi Jan,

Thanks so much for your warm words about my Zenobia blog. Of course, I've written about Meresamun, too. See my post In The Suite of the God's Wife of Amun

And the special news is that the Oriental Institute generously allows its catalogues to be downloaded free of charge as well as sold in a paper edition.


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