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Khepera (Khepri) Gossip

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What's tiny and round and full of technology? The Khepera robot. Pretty cool namesake.

In the Bas-Lag series of sci-fi/fantasy books by China Mieville, the Khepri are scarab-headed women (and fully scaraboid men). Khepri women are highly artistic—sound like our Khepera? (Source)

There's a hip-hop music company called Khepera Records. We're pretty sure Khepera would be psyched—helps with his street cred.

There's a giant granite statue of Khepera on top of a pedestal in the ruins of Karnak Temple (in Luxor, Egypt). Legend says that if you walk around it ten times and make a wish, your wish will come true. But don't lose count! The same legend says that if you walk around it seven times and stop, you could get pregnant instead. Every day at Luxor, hundreds of tourists walk around the scarab, just like Khepera rolls across the sky. (Source)

It used to be a mystery why or how scarab beetles knew where to roll their balls of dung. Modern science to the rescue! Now we know that just like Khepera, scarabs use the stars and sky to stay on track. (Source)

The word kheper in ancient Egyptian means "to become" or "to come into being." Stone carvings of scarabs, about the size of your hand, were placed inside mummies before they were buried. The stones went on top of a person's heart, so they could "become" new people in the afterlife. Some of these "heart scarabs" are beautiful, and carved with magic words to keep the heart from ratting out the dead person's mistakes at the final judgment. Nobody wants to be an Ammit-snack, after all. (Source)

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