Sekhmet (“The Mighty One”), the lion-headed goddess of ancient Egypt, was dreaded for her bloody rampages. Yet she became the protector of kings and a favorite personal goddess of millions of Egyptians.
Why did Egyptians have a goddess who required such assiduous and even obsessive propitiation? Why did other Egyptian goddesses play roles similar to Sekhmet’s? What explains Sekhmet’s dual nature as destroyer and protector? Why was she called the Eye of Ra, and why was she honored in the uraeus? Why was she originally depicted with an oval disk on her head? What do myths about Sekhmet tell us about the Bronze Age catastrophes?
We now have good answers to these questions. But in order to understand them, we need to see why we should think that Sekhmet was Planet Venus. And that requires us to investigate a major case of scientific rejectionism. Continue reading »
Kenneth J. Dillon, Intriguing Anomalies: An Introduction to Scientific Detective Work
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Theory of the Red Blood Cells
1. Medicinal bracelets offer an attractive, simple, easy-to-use kind of natural medicine. They can also teach us much about deeper patterns of physiology and nutrition.
2. The bracelets can be composed of various minerals. In practice, to avoid overdosing of trace elements, they tend to contain mainly copper and sometimes zinc or, less often, iron. The principles governing bracelets also apply to other kinds of jewelry, but here also one needs to steer clear of overdosing. Jewelry can be problematic. In South Asia silver anklets actually may be implicated Continue reading »
Musical instruments play an important role in music therapy. Sometimes therapists play them to exert a calming effect on certain kinds of patients. Often the therapy consists of patients themselves extemporizing on instruments they choose. Or a patient can undertake to learn how to play an instrument as part of healing. The piano or various wind instruments are popular in these uses, but any instrument can presumably be employed. Continue reading »