365 Days of Earrings

Friday, January 28, 2011

Scarab Miracles

The scarab beetle, sacred in ancient Egypt, was a dung beetle that rolled balls of dung into their burrows and laid eggs in them. As if by magic,having consumed the dung as larvae, the young scarabs emerged from the burrow.

In Egyptian mythology, the sun was rolled across the heavens by Khepara, the scarab beetle god.

Years ago, I bought scarab beads from a shop in Amsterdam that was full of exotic imports from Africa. After wandering about for a long time, I bought my four scarab beads.

Today, as Egyptians seeking democratic freedom poured into the streets, I made my scarabs into earrings. 

Surely these protests can find inspiration in the myth of Khepara!

1 comment:

Käthe said...

beautiful colors.