Here's the name the ancient Egyptians had for their gods, their Immortals:
It's without vowels. As put into modern alphabetical English by our scholars it
neteru, or neter
The ancient Egyptian language for this, their hieroglyph, was:
That's three axes. Why three axes and not two to represent 'gods' is probably
because the Egyptians recognized 'triads' of a god, a goddess, and their Immortal
offspring. Apparently one axe represented one 'god' or Immortal.
Sumerians in ancient times said the axe was the greatest gift of the Immortals to
mankind. The Sumerians had a battle axe they called a 'Gur.' It's not clear to me
whether the Sumerians thought the axe a great gift for construction purposes or
deconstruction of other humans as a battleaxe. This weapon was also a sign for
the Sumerian Immortal Zag. It was also a title for 'the great Lord Nar-Gal', or
NerGal, one of the Immortal Enki's sons. Incidentally, Enki the Sumerian Immortal
was also Ptah, an Immortal of the Egyptians.
At Knossos, in Crete, as old as the first dynasty in Egypt, about 5,000 years ago,
the Minoans had a palace with hundreds of rooms with king and priestly quarters.
The palace covered five acres and had piped-in water (later from an aqueduct
seven miles away) with a proper drainage system for its baths and flush toilets.
Here's a modern artist's representation of what it may have looked like:
It was known as the palace of the double axe. The double-headed axe, or labrys,
was something like this:
Walls in the Knossos palace were decorated with motifs of this axe. So since the
Sumerians of Mesopotamia, and Minoans of Crete, recognized the importance of
the axe in their history and apparently thanked the Immortals for it, it's not
surprising that the ancient Egyptians seem to have done the same by drawing
axes to represent their Immortals.
There is a problem with the Egyptian axes.
People don't really know why they
were shown as being bound in cloth, like this:
Various suggestions have been made, for example that they were ceremonial axes
only. But one aspect of these axes doesn't seem to have been discussed. What
we can notice from this example is that each of the three axes has different
coloured bindings and a different pattern on the blade and the binding. This
presumably helped to identify a particular Immortal or has some other refinement
in meaning. The main point though is that the axe was said to be a 'gift from the
gods,' a term that was still in use in the early 20th century AD.
While we're looking at one ancient weapon of mass destruction, or useful tool for
constructive purposes, whichever version you prefer, I suggest we consider
another so-called weapon of ancient warfare, a clubhead, according to our modern
scholars, and that we'll do in the next chapter.