DUA, IAU
Adoration, Praise


   The universal symbol for praise, adoration, or respect, in Egyptian society involved raising both arms before oneself with the hands open and facing forward and down. Images of gods frequently involve this display of admiration on the part of lesser gods or humans; almost all pictures of kings show subjects and foreigners employing this gesture. This gesture characterizes the baboon figures in this picture of the cosmos, as well; in fact, baboons are the symbolic figure (besides humans) most associated with the gesture of adoration or praise. Why do you think this is so? Why is there only one figure of adoration in the underworld in this picture?

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1997, Richard Hooker
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