AL I:5Posted: May 8, 2012
Help me, o warrior lord of Thebes, in my unveiling before the Children of men!
One of the warrior god Mentu’s titles is “Lord of Thebes”. He was the adopted son of Amon-Ra and Mut (Maat), together they were the three principle deities worshiped at Thebes. Mentu, representing the harshest rays of the sun, was eventually replaced with the lunar god Khonsu as the people of Thebes became more domesticated.
Here Nuit is asking Mentu or one who has identified with Mentu, to help in her unveiling before the children of men. Perhaps “The unveiling of the Company of heaven” needed only the application of Had, but to continue the chain of unveiling all the way down to the children of men she needs to invoke the help of a new god, a god less cosmic/universal than Had and more specific to men.
Why Thebes? Herodotus relates:
Two black doves flew away from Egyptian Thebes, and while one directed its flight to Libya, the other came to them. She alighted on an oak, and sitting there began to speak with a human voice, and told them that on the spot where she was, there should henceforth be an oracle of Jove. They understood the announcement to be from heaven, so they set to work at once and erected the shrine. The dove which flew to Libya bade the Libyans to establish there the oracle of Ammon.
In a similar fashion, Nuit’s words are an announcement from heaven, asking that her words be spread to he children of men.
“The Children of Men” is first used in the bible in Gen 11:5
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Here the lord has punished the people for coming together and reaching for heaven.
Nuit’s goal, as is stated later, is to bring together the children of men and bring the glory of the stars into their hearts.