Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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54 The House of Osiris. [Ch.

earth, beneath the Grand Arch of the universe
and the apex of the celestial dome over the
point of origination.

Yet, remarkable as is this primaeval locality
when viewed in the light of Egyptian tradition,
its interest is increased tenfold when we regard
it in combination with the other features of
the great watershed of which it forms an
essential part, and which reminds us irresis-
tibly of the famous watershed described in
our own Scriptures as forming the primaeval
dwelling-place of man. There are—not the
full streams but—as in Genesis, the " heads "
of the four rivers, which go " forth to water
the whole country." There, beyond the Zam-
besi, lies the land of gold, with its mines of
unknown antiquity: while the odorous herl >
of which the hieroglyphic name is Betru (or
Bedru, the L being in Egyptian identical
with E) suggests the original of the Hebrew
Betelu, converted by the Greeks into Bdellium.
There is the fountain of the Niger, which
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