The protagonists of the revealed religions (Judaism, Christianity & Islam), as well as the initiators of Hermeticism, were unable to read the hieroglyphs, and if they did, only allegorical, explaining the obscure with more obscurity.
She also publishes RAWI Egypt’s Heritage Review and is currently conducting research on traditional Egyptian jewellery and amulets in addition to researching the history of art writing/critiquing in Egypt.
Though dedicated to tradition, Egypt's modern monks live quite radically different lives from the first Christian hermits, who disappeared into the desert to retreat from society almost two millennia ago. The musical heritage of the Coptic Church, which springs from perhaps the oldest musical tradition in the world, had already begun to fade by the early twentieth century.
However, mainly thanks to one monkish layman, authentic Coptic psalmondy survives to this day.
The ancient Egyptians essentially used two calendars, the civil (for administrative purposes, mostly relating to agriculture) and the stellar/Sothic calendar, marked by the heliacal rising of Sothis – the first day of the year, when Sothis (Sirius) would rise just before the dawning sun after being absent for seventy days.
The months of the civil calendar were divided into three weeks of ten days each.