Fragment Burke-Gottner 4.1

Rebecca Buchanan

[Editor’s Note: the following fragmentary text was discovered by Dr Heide Burke-Gottner in 1901 in a small shrine somewhere on the northwestern shores of old Lake Nasser. In her journals, Burke-Gottner describes the shrine as small (only 20 by 10 meters) but in near pristine condition; original paint survived in a number of places. One particular relief, that of Amun as a blue-furred ram with black horns, seems to have left a deep impression on Burke-Gottner, to judge by her notes, which take on an almost ecstatic quality. Unfortunately, Burke-Gottner succumbed to fever enroute back to Berlin. Her notes were placed in storage, lost for several decades, rediscovered in a stash of Nazi loot after World War II, and only finally translated in 1969. Even more tragically, the shrine so lovingly described by Burke-Gottner was lost with the completion of the Old Aswan Dam in 1902. Had she lived, and been able to announce her discovery to the world, the site may have been salvaged entirely, or, at the least, examined in greater detail before it disappeared under the waters of Lake Nasser forever.]


Amun [….]





breath of life

[….] primal sea

wind of justice

[….] heart

bright [….] phallus

flame [….]

[….] potentiality





[….] is




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