mandag 14. november 2011

Why I'm called Sia

Mum gives lessons in Culture history, and when she had me, the students were learning about Egyptian Mythology. Therefore mum gave me the name of an Egyptian god. Sia was unknown to her then, so she thought it was a female name, a name of a goddess, but it is in fact a male name. A name of a cat in Norway should always have the letter s in the name, and mum liked the sound of Sia. That's why I'm sia!

In Egyptian mythology, Saa (more usually Sia) was the deification of perception in the Heliopolitan Ennead cosmogeny and is probably equivalent to the intellectual energies of the heart of Ptah in the Memphite cosmogeny. He also had a connection with writing and was often shown in anthropomorphic form holding a papyrus scroll. This papyrus was thought to embody intellectual achievements.It was said that Atum created the two gods Saa and Hu from his blood spilled while cutting his own penis, a possible reference to circumcision.The god Saa appeared standing on the Solar barge during its journey through the night in New Kingdom underworld texts and tomb decorations, together with Hu, "creative utterance" and Heka (god) the god of magic. These gods were seen as special powers helping the creator and although Heka had his own cult Saa did not.

The Perceptive Mind
Sia as a god personifies the perceptive mind. He was created from blood dripping from the phallus of Re, the sun god. In the Old Kingdom, Sia is visualized at the right side of Re and responsible for carrying the sacred papyrus whose contents embody intellectual achievement. On the walls and ceilings of tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Sia travels in the boat of the sun god. He was the spokesman of the sun god in the Books of the Sky (Heavens) and the herald who stands at the bow of the solar bark in the Book of Gates.

Sia, who was part of a complementary pair consisting of Sia and Hu, is probably equated with the intellectual energies of the heart of Ptah in the Memphite theology, resulting in the creative command of Ptah's tongue. However, it appears that Sia never benefited from a cult in his honor.


Why s?
Since cats react and respond better to s-sounds than others, experience has shown that such names are well suited for us!

3 kommentarer:

  1. What a lovely cat you are! Quite befitting that you should have the name of a deity. How interesting about cats in Norway having a name beginning with S, I didn't know that! x

  2. I had never heard of Sia before though I have an interest in Egyptian history and mythology.

    It's a nice name even itf it wasn't meant for a pretty female feline. You have a beautiful tail Sia.

  3. We like Sia even if it's a boy's name and you're a girl. Why should cats have an s in their names? Shouldn't that be a purr MOL!