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In Deference to the Dutch Historian of Religion, Bruno Hugo Stricker

The Dutch historian of religion, Bruno Hugo Stricker, has been studying Egyptian mythology since 1940 and can show that this ancient culture tries to understand the development of a baby in the womb of its mother as a basis to comprehend the origin of the world. In the center of the Egyptian mythology is the Sun God Ra who is swallowed every evening by the sky goddess Nut and in the morning is reborn through her vulva. The books of the netherworld describe the adventures and dangers he lives through in the body of this goddess. Every morning Ra has to attack the biggest of his enemies, the serpent Apophis, whom he defeats by cutting off his head-the naval cord is severed. Microcosm: the baby is born; macrocosm: the sun rises blood-red above the horizon.


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Franz Renggli, Ph.D.*

* Correspondence to: Dr. Franz Renggli, psychoanalyst and body psychotherapist, Nonnenweg 11, 4055 Basel, Switzerland. Email: the_nyfelers@bluewin.ch. This article was first published in German in the International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine, Volume 12 (2) in June 2000. For the translation from German to English we are indebted to Angelika Ronge in Germany and Jon R.G. and Troya G.N. Turner in the Netherlands.