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p. 545. Black Land, Red Land: the landscapes of mythlocked

p. 545. Black Land, Red Land: the landscapes of mythlocked

  • Pinch Geraldine


Modern Egypt may be around 90% desert, but until the 5th millennium bc the Nile Valley was a big swamp and the uplands was a vast savannah. The Ancient Egyptians were hunters and cattle-herders living a semi-nomadic way of life. However, a change of climate lead to a drying up of the grasslands. ‘Black Land, Red Land: the landscape of myth’ looks at how the landscape of Ancient Egypt influenced the myths that were created. To the Egyptians, the land was divided into the fertile ‘Black Land’ of the floodplain and the barren ‘Red Land’ of the deserts. Osiris, Isis, and Horus were associated with the Black Land, and Seth, Nephthys, and Anubis with the Red Land.

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