Simple one this time... and this is why I am asking;
I am reading "True Magick; a Beginners Guide" and in the preface she talks about the Egyptians and their Deities.
She says that the Egyptians believed in multiple things as a way of guaranteeing something 'Magic' would happen. If an item in ritual was designed to bring on the rain then flood the ritual with dozens of these things to guarantee it. If a Deity was good at doing something then have multiple Deities all working towards that goal to ensure its success.
She could not have been more wrong about the Egyptians and if she got that wrong what else in her book was going to be a "best guess"?
Rosemary Clark is an archaeologist that also follows the spiritual faith of the Ancient Egyptians. Her books explore both the history and the real life practices of the Ancient Egyptians. To see a tradition lovingly scooped out of the Earth and brought to life is truly a wondrous thing to behold. Everything she writes down is directly from the archaeological evidence scholars have excavated.
The Egyptians had so many multiple Deities because they had four Great Cities each doing their 'own thing'. Alexandria, Memphis (Cairo now), Thebes, and on the other side of the river Karnak and Luxor; each with its own rich set of Deities and traditions. Two of these Great Cities were more Greek than Egyptian because the Greeks had liberated Egypt from the Persians and had stayed afterwards. One of these Great Cities was actually built by the Greeks and named for that Macedonian conqueror "Alexander the Great".
Maybe I delve too deeply into history but I feel that it forms my bulwark against which the waves of fiction crash. This book seems to have a lot of good things to say, but I can already tell that it bear watching because the author has taken short cuts.
This is how History helps me and why I consider it to be so important for me to learn and keep up with. I find reputable authors and series of texts and books that I can use as a litmus test when I read something else. Stuart Piggott, Miranda Green, Peter Ellis, Rosemary Clark, Kenneth Johnson, Stephen Blamires just to name a few. I also remember the ones that don't "check out" so I don't waste any more money buying their books since what they write is just fiction.
References (some good reading here)
Sacred Tradition in Ancient Egypt by Rosemary Clark
Sacred Magic in Ancient Egypt by Rosemary Clark
Ancient Egypt http://www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/geo ... cities.htm
Egypt http://www.tomnobles.com/Subject_Direct ... ities.html