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Title: The Couple in Ancient Egyptian Art
Author(s): VAN HAELST, Dominique
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 7 Issue: 1 Date: 2001
The civilisation of ancient Egypt was largely the product of its geographical situation along the river Nile. The Egyptians called their land Kemet, “Black Country” – a reference to the muddy strip of land on the banks of the river – in contrast to Deshret, “Red Country” – the unending, arid desert. This contrast between water and drought was the fertile breeding ground for the emergence of a totally unique culture, based on a precious equilibrium of opposites, a “unity in duality”: Kemetand Deshret, day and night, order and chaos, life and death, god and goddess. Each aspect of life in ancient Egypt carried elements that were both male and female, passive and active, good and bad.