Episode #74 – Leveling Up

Prophecy Radio episode #74 dives into Egyptian mythology for the first time! We tackle some of the most important gods in the pantheon so we can be a little more familiar with the subject ahead of our Kane Chronicles discussion. As always, we also catch you up on all the latest Riordanverse news, including the official synopsis for The Spirit Glass by Roshani Chokshi, as well as the dates for Rick Riordan and Mark Oshiro’s in-person The Sun and the Star book tour. Lastly, we kick off our Kane Chronicles read with The Red Pyramid chapter 1. Remember, we’re keeping this discussion spoiler-free! New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.

News and updates (00:06:48)

  • Are we going to change the name of our podcast? Spoiler alert: No.
  • If you’re interested in Kristen’s favorite Best Picture nominees for the 2023 Oscars, be sure to read her article!
  • And don’t forget to read Nichole’s article about Everything Everywhere All at Once.
  • Becky has been reading along to Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods 50 pages at a time, and it’s really channeling the kids from the show.
  • Read Riordan gave us the official synopsis for The Spirit Glass by Roshani Chokshi, as well as an exclusive look at Rick’s introduction to the book.
  • If we weren’t already excited for this one, Rick’s high praise definitely would’ve done the trick.
  • Rick also posted a March 9 blog post in which he gave us the dates for his The Sun and the Star book tour with Mark Oshiro.
  • Yes, the rumors are true—Karen will be at the Boston stop!
  • Keep an eye on Rick and Mark’s Twitter for when the NYC tickets go live.
  • These two will also be at the ALA conference in Chicago, which takes place June 22-27.
  • This is for librarians, though, so it’s pretty expensive if you’re not a member!

Introducing the Egyptian gods (00:18:32)

  • This is going to be a brief overview because there are literally hundreds of gods we could talk about.
  • Karen got her list from Britannica.
  • Starting off with Osiris, did you know he used to be a king?
  • Getting reassembled doesn’t sound too fun, but at least it came with a promotion.
  • But was he eternally moldy?
  • Isis was Osiris’ wife and embodied the traditional virtues of a wife and mother.
  • She also had a lot to do with mourning and funeral rites.
  • Even though she sounds a bit like Hera, she was more closely identified with Aphrodite.
  • And her depictions with her son, Horus, could’ve influenced depictions of Mary with Jesus.
  • Next up is Horus, the sky god, who was associated with war and hunting.
  • So many of the Egyptians gods were shown as animals or as humans with the head of an animal.
  • Imagine being raised to avenge your father’s murder. No pressure!
  • Did you know that the moon is actually Horus’ left eye?
  • Set is definitely NOT the god of desserts.
  • We wonder what kind of mythical creature he was supposed to be.
  • Have you heard of Ptah before? What about his wife, Sekhmet, or his son, Nefertem?
  • Ra, the sun god, is one of the most well-known Egyptian gods, and he sounds a little like Apollo.
  • Is there a reason why Ra sailed in a boat and Apollo drove a chariot?
  • We definitely get a lesson on how Amun-Ra came to prominence.
  • Who would win a fight, Amun-Ra or Apollo?
  • How does Hathor differ from Isis?
  • It kind of makes sense that Hathor was associated with cows.
  • Next up is Anubis, which is another very well-known Egyptian god.
  • Any fans of The Mummy here!?
  • A lot of the gods are associated with funerary rites.
  • Everybody gets a patron god, even embalmers!
  • Thoth is the scribe of the gods, and we get Hermes vibes from him.
  • He also has the very important job of weighing the hearts of the deceased.
  • Have you heard of the goddess Bast?
  • Even though she used to be associated with wild cats, she’s since taken the likeness of a domestic cat.
  • Of course Kristen has a West Wing story for this.
  • It makes sense she was associated with Artemis, the hunter goddess.

The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid (00:41:49)

  • This week, we’re reading The Red Pyramid chapter 1.
  • Kristen and Karen decide to share their dreams even though it has nothing to do with the book.
  • This opening chapter really sets up the dynamic between Carter, Sadie, and their dad, plus makes you ask a lot of questions.
  • It also totally gives us some Percy Jackson vibes thanks to the warning in the beginning.
  • Does Kristen have any guesses as to what the item in the locker could possibly be?
  • Carter and Sadie are very different, and they hardly see each other, so they’re not even really friends.
  • Do Carter’s grandparents not like him either?
  • We can’t wait for the Netflix adaptation of this book!
  • Muffin HAS to be important, right!?
  • Guess which Kane sibling we relate to most?
  • Guess what? Karen has totally seen Cleopatra’s Needle in person!
  • Does Kristen have any idea what’s going on with their dad?
  • What do we think of the siblings so far?

Feedback (01:11:01)

  • Caoimhe writes in to remind us that Hecate is associated with The Mist.
  • She also gives us a great idea for a future episode of the show.
  • We love hearing from our listeners!
  • Henry also wrote in to bring up a couple fantastic points.
  • Do we think they’ll show Hestia in Percy Jackson and the Olympians season 1?
  • Which book does Henry like the least? What about the most? Favorite character?
  • How do we feel about a Percy Jackson audio drama?
  • Katherine writes in to talk about why she loves Titan’s Curse.

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 75, where we’ll discuss how Greek and Egyptian mythology may have influenced each other before tackling The Red Pyramid chapter 2.

This episode’s hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz.

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