The Author on her debut novel
World-Building in : ” Sun Child, Prince of Egypt”
One of the hardest ideas to portray was how their society operated, how different their world was to ours.
The Ancient Egyptians reveled in and celebrated their annual flood of the Nile and developed systems of advance warning if the flood dangerously exceeded expectations. They eagerly anticipated the floods, with plans in place for floods that might exceed normal heights.
The idea of the many gods of Egypt is somewhat deceptive. They all came from one god, the most powerful, the original Sun God: Re. Yet Re was more than just the sun.
There was a kind of “freedom of religion”, with all those gods and goddesses, yet their temple complexes and staff were necessary for the operation of the Kingdom.
Their temples held all the administrative, bureaucratic offices, as well as the education systems, libraries and medical resources. The temples also served as a repository for the Treasury of the Great House, of the King, with the Great Wife of the King as the Mistress of the Treasury.
Above all there was always one unifying force: the King, the God-King, the Great House of Egypt, the Lord of the Two Lands; He of the Sedge and the Bee, He who could control all the other gods and goddesses, He who made it all happen: Pharaoh.
As you can see on the obelisk, the hieroglyphs for the Bee and for the Sedge precede the Coronation Name in the cartouche.