Epagomenal days & the Fear

"It is believed that the Egyptians greatly feared these days due to the prevalence of plague and disease, attributed to the wanderers (SmAjw) and slaughterers (xAtjw) of the goddess, Sekhmet, which were particularly rife at the end of the calendar year. Magical texts, such as the Book of the Last Day of the Year on Papyrus Leiden I 346, were recited in order to pacify the goddess, and rituals were performed, for example, the application of linen bandages inscribed with certain deities to the throat to ward off the effects of plague." (source: egyptianaemporium.wordpress.com)

Biwa houshi

Biwa houshi

Biwa hôshi 琵琶法師
Lute priests in Japan
Caretakers of the Tale of the Heike 平家物語

Playing the biwa 琵琶
A short-necked fretted lute
Instrument of Benten 弁才天
Buddhist goddess of music, eloquence, poetry, and education

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