Monday, 13 August 2012

Khepera, Egyptian mythology for (15809) 1994 JS

Khepera was specifically the god of the rising sun. His name comes from the Egyptian word, kheprer or "to become".

The Egyptian beetle lay its eggs in a ball of dung and rolls it in front of him into a hole and leave it incubate by the rays of sun. The beetle larvae eat the ball of dung after they hatch. Finally, new dung beetles emerge from the hole.

The Egypcians saw an equivalence between the dung beetle and Khepera rolling the sun along the sky, as a symbol of self-generation and self-renewal.

(15809) 1994 JS [Khepera]