Sun-rising (hieroglyph)

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Rising Sun
(Coronation of
King, Pharaoh)
in hieroglyphs
Rising Sun
in hieroglyphs

The ancient Egyptian "Rising sun" hieroglyph is one of the oldest language hieroglyphs from Ancient Egypt. It was used by Pharaoh Khasekhemwy-( 'Khā-sekhem' ) of the 2nd dynasty in composing his name. The hieroglyph is also used to represent: "Coronation", and its basic meaning related to festivals, parades, rejoicing, etc., and the sun arising each day is: "rejoice".

Language usage of "Rising sun"-(Khā)[edit]

Khasekhemwy, Pharaoh of 2nd Dynasty.
Serekh, using the Horus–falcon, and the Set-animal (hieroglyph).
(for his name: rising sun: Kha + sekhemwy.

The basic usage of the Rising sun symbol is as the language equivalent: "khā", and is used to refer to "risings", "splendours", "coronations"; also the related word "crowns". The alternate hieroglyphic spelling with the sieve (hieroglyph) shows its other language variety, in a Composite hieroglyph block word.

Rosetta Stone usage[edit]

Line 11 of the Rosetta Stone refers to an event, one of the ten ways that the honoring of Pharaoh Ptolemy V is to be done:

"There shall be celebrated a festival and 'a day of rejoicing'-(Khā), in the temples of Egypt, all of them, of the King of the South and the North, Ptolemy, the everliving, of Ptah, beloved, the god appearing-(epiphanous), lord of benefits-(eucharistos-Greek), yearly, beginning in..."[1]

In the Rosetta Stone, the second half of the decree, the Decree of Memphis (Ptolemy V), the Rising Sun (hieroglyph) is used six times, in lines: R-4, 7, 10-(twice), 11, and 13; all uses are related to either festivals, or erecting/constructing a statue.

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  1. ^ Budge, The Rosetta Stone, p. 165.