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We should have an article on every pyramid and every nome in Ancient Egypt. I'm sure the rest of us can think of other articles we should have.
To start with, most of the general history articles badly need attention. And I'm told that at least some of the dynasty articles need work. Any other candidates?
Standardize the Chronology.
A boring task, but the benefit of doing it is that you can set the dates !(e.g., why say Khufu lived 2589-2566? As long as you keep the length of his reign correct, or cite a respected source, you can date it 2590-2567 or 2585-2563)
Anyone? I consider this probably the most unimportant of tasks on Wikipedia, but if you believe it needs to be done . . .
This is a project I'd like to take on some day, & could be applied to more of Wikipedia than just Ancient Egypt. Take one of the standard authorities of history or culture -- Herotodus, the Elder Pliny, the writings of Breasted or Kenneth Kitchen, & see if you can't smoothly merge quotations or information into relevant articles. Probably a good exercise for someone who owns one of those impressive texts, yet can't get access to a research library.
In most cultures the Holy Child/Baby/Fetus (jesus, krishna etc etc) represents the synthesis of the God and Goddess and the making of peace and good luck. Bes is simply the little child, the good luck charm. The hand of Fatima and the evil eye charm also has the same connotation, the "bagged seed" or the fetus in the belly. Bes is the kiss received (from the Father to the Mother) and the pledge made between them.
All good things come of the encirclement of the spark.
The theory that it would be a miscarried fetus is absoutely ridiculous and I am constantly surprised over the low level of many symbol interpretations. Common sense will go a long way. Why would a misscarriage or a demon be a good luch charm? Absurd. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 08:09, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
PS: This is of course why BES is shown in FULL FRONTAL - because he incorporates BOTH sides (synthesis, integration). He is complete symbolically (just as Christ figures often seem androgynous in their representations.)
People in ancient times had MORE knowledge than us many times, time to step off the high horses. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 08:12, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
It is claimed by one of the commentators in the History Channel's programme on Medusa that the iconography of the Gorgon, of Rangda, of Mayan and other gods and of Bes all have common features, based on the appearance of human bodies after death. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVG3SqfgD-I (around 4 mins in) - I fail to see the similarity, but thought I'd flag it up. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 13:55, 19 March 2011 (UTC)