Day Five: Scarab Beetle
Official genus and species of the sacred Egyptian beetle is Scarabaeus sacer, and it is the latest drawing in my Buena Suerte series. The scarab beetle managed to do two things that mirrored or coordinated with what two of the Egyptian gods did. Firstly, the beetle rolling a ball of dung across the ground, was similar to behavior of the sun god, Ra, who was believed to roll the sun across the sky everyday. Secondly, the Egyptians saw baby beetles emerging from a ball of dung, and they mistook to mean that the male scarab could reproduce by himself. This unusual trait was also shared by their god, Atum, was able to father children alone. Fascinating stuff, especially for a dung beetle!