West Kintyre Stargazers marry Egyptology and astronomy to Christmas event

West Kintyre Stargazers Christmas event at The Putechan Hotel At Bellochantuy on Sunday 16th December is to feature a festive buffet with mulled wine – and a talk on The Pharaoh, the Stars and a God called Horakhti.

The event gets going from 17.00 and the talk is from Chris O’Kane, with the following introduction to tease the imagination of the stargazers:

‘The Ancient Egyptian civilisation began around 3000BC and continued until the Roman era.

‘From the foundation of their society the king was the key person who unified the country and kept the divine order.

‘The Pharaoh got his authority from the gods and he was deemed to be the Earthly representative of the god Horus, son of Osiris. But who were the Gods? and who was Horus?

‘The sole God who gave the Pharaoh the right to reign was a God called Horakhti ( Horus of the Horizon). The role of this god in kingship was vital – without it there would be no king and no Egypt. But who or what is Horakhti?

‘This talk will illustrate the mythology and kingship of Ancient Egypt and the role that observational astronomy played in society.

‘It will reveal an important aspect of the subject that Egyptologists have completely overlooked; and open the door to a new understanding of their mythology, kingship and religion, with major implications for us today.’

The West Kintyre Stargazers are coming up with a lot of surprises and, on the day everyone’s much loved astronomer, Patrick Moore, died it’s not hard to remember the attractions of The Sky at Night that he made so compelling for so many.

Booking for the event can be done online here at the West Kintyre Stargazers website.

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