Yep, we were the most powerful insect God in Ancient Egypt
Khepri was his name and sun rolling was his game
The Ancient Egyptians watched my great, great, great, great ancestors as they rolled their dung balls across the hot Egyptian sands. They made a connection between dung ball rolling and the rolling of the sun. It was obvious, the Dung Beetle was the God in charge of the sun!
They believed that every morning Khepri would appear and roll the sun at sun rise. He would then continue rolling the sun across the sky until sunset. Khepri disappeared overnight, but wasn’t resting (dung beetles never rest). He continued with his roll into the underworld and faithfully reappeared the following day at dawn.
He was given the name Khepri, which comes from the word kheper – to emerge or come into being.
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They also made the cover of Journey albums: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b9/Journey_-_Revelation.jpg
Cool. Always looking for people who appreciate the finer things in life – the dung beetle. It’s harder to find than I had originally thought.
Dung beetles (or scarab beetles) are on women’s clothing all the time as jewelry or decoration. I just don’t think many people knew what it was about the dung beetle that made them so interesting to the Egyptians.
I need to get out more (I’ll take Doug with me 🙂 ). Thanks for the tip.