Oops! You Went Up the wrong alley, Ally!

A couple of years ago Ally (last name  and email address withheld), a disgruntled reader sent me an email blasting me about the story of the goddess Nut that we tell at the site. 

She said:

"I'm doing research on Egyptian Mythology and came across your site. I've already done an extensive amount of research into the major gods and goddesses of the Ennead, and I started to read about the goddess Nut. Your information is incorrect: She is the sister and wife of Geb. I have not seen one single article that agrees with your information; and there seems to be a lot of it without any research attached. . . Do your research before you lie."

Well, Ally, I'm sorry you've got your knickers in a knot. Your email put me in mind of the Greek Goddess Arachne, btw, but at least she got her facts right before she put her foot in her mouth, so to speak.

But as it turns out you're wrong, silly girl. Apparently we're just better researchers than you are, thanks to some old-fashioned technology we use. Sorry to be the one to bear the bad tidings, but sometimes the "coolest stuff" is found in (drumroll, please) . . . a book. Wonderful devices they are.

Our telling is based on one of the much older version of her myths rather than the more recent and widely known version that first appeared in Egypt. Plutarch recorded these ancient myths of the gods and goddesses in his 'De Iside Et Osiride' around 70 A.D. 

Donna Rosenberg's 'World Mythology' provides loads of interesting information about the migratory patterns of major myths as they travel from culture to culture overtime and are transformed to fit the mores of their new homes. Lots of yummy references there too! You might want to check it out.

I had chosen the version printed here because it spoke to me more eloquently of the psychological 'binds' that modern women confront in their lives.

Admittedly it was a retelling of my favorite version but then it IS my website. Last time I looked the First Amendment was still in place, giving me the right to speak my mind and do it MY way!

And, by the way, we chose a storytelling approach over research reporting for our website (more entertaining & personable . . . speaking to the heart of our readers as well as their minds) so we make no apologies for the usual lack of references on our webpages. Suggest visit to a public library when you're in search of the great citation.  (Pssst . . . there's another old-timey invention called Inter-Library Loan if your local library doesn't have it on hand.)

Sharon