Baboons… of all the primates of East Africa… are the ones that
most frequently interact with people. They are smart. They are
adaptable. And like us… they are crafty. And we’re their biggest
predator because they are agricultural pests and we consider them
vermin. But here’s the real question: Do they pray?
One walks a precipitous path when meandering along the thin rail of
a fragile fence… arms outstretched to maintain one’s balance…
talking about prayer and baboons to the world. One has to keep one’s
wits on the alert.
But here’s the unalterable conundrum: Do baboons pray? And if so…
pray tell… when… and in what culture was this discovered? Which
brings us… uh-oh… tread lightly young man… to why they pray.
Is it an act of empathy uniting them as a whole to their simian
society? Or is it simply a learned posture they adopted when they
saw one of their elders doing the very same thing? You be the judge.
We’re back in the days of Tutankhamun. A pendant was found within
his mummy wrappings. It has on top a sky sign made of dark blue Lapis
Lazuli with a sea of primordial waters below also made of Lapis
Lazuli. Below this ornament there is attached a chain made of
gorgeous openwork symbols of protection and long life and dominion.
It is made of gold and Semi- Precious stones.
Below is the main ornament… a solar boat encased in a rectangle
showing Heh, lord of eternity, and the Shen… symbol of protection.
Within the solar boat there resides a lapis scarab… flanked on
either side by two baboons… their hands raised in prayer or praise.
This is also not that clear. I vote for prayer as there’s a strong
intimation in that direction.
This pendant is drop-dead stunning. It is artisan work at its best.
It is 41 centimeters long and 11.5 centimeters wide. I cropped the
chain for easier viewing. As to whether or not they’re actually
praying… well… you be the judge. Or are we the only ones?
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at http://www.tyler-adam.com where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits… click it… and you will see represented on
our pages an image of a pendant decorated with praying baboons.
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.