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 becomes:

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.