16 hours ago
In this photo by @rcallahanphoto
styled by @wildfellhall, i wear a mid-century leotard with an early edwardian skirt. the light that floods through the gothic windows of the explorers club second floor makes visible the egyptian concept of shu, exhaled of forms, personification of luminous space. with his sister tefnut—spat out as spittle, goddess associated with both moisture and the fire of re as eye of the sun—he is a member of the first male-female pair of creation, engendered by the all-encompassing, androgynous creator deity atum, whose name—“he who is not”—reveals him to be an ultimately transcendental being. this heliopolitan account of creation is quite physical, and particularly sexual. the femine aspect of atum may take the form of two goddesses—nebethetepet, “lady of contentment,” personification of female genitalia, and iousaas, “as she comes she grows,” personification of the god's fist as consort ("hand" is a feminine noun in egyptian), creation from self, imagined as masturbation. according to p. bremner-rhind, the endendering of shu and tefnut, luminous space and fiery moisture, may correspond respectively to spitting and ejaculation: "i masturbated with my hand, and i poured out from my mouth—i spat out shu, i expectorated tefnut." texts that may seem strange at first make sense when we understand the egyptian concept of differentiation into balanced pairs out of a primordial oneness.
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