The Beatles, incarnations of Khepera
By Robert Urbanek
A modern incarnation of Re was the Beatles, representing the youthful, morning aspect of the sun god. Thus spoke Re: "I am Khepera at the dawn, and Re at noon, and Tem in the evening." Khepera (or Khepri) rolls the sun across the sky like the scarab rolls a ball of dung. He has the power of resurrection and self-renewal, bringing the sun back to life after it "dies" at night.
After sleeping through the repressed night of the post-war era (1946-1963), the world awoke to the scarab god incarnate in the Fab Four. Each Beatle represented a different facet of Khepera. Paul was the face. I was the smart one. George with all his mysticism, was the spirit, and Ringo was the heart. — John Lennon
The sun inspired the song writing of the sun gods. The words "sun" or "sunshine" are mentioned in 17 songs recorded by the Beatles, such as these lyrics from “Dear Prudence”:
The sun is up, the sky is blue
It's beautiful and so are you
Scarab = Christ Lennon's most controversial statement, that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," was hardly an outrageous comparison as the scarab form, like Jesus, represents resurrection. "In Germany, where scarab worship, in the form of the stag beetle, has persisted longest, the equation scarab = Christ was widely accepted. The quintessential German artist, Albrecht Dürer, associated the stag beetle with Christ in various paintings, and produced a famous watercolor of the insect." (Cambefort, Yves, February 1994, Beetles As Religious Symbols, insects.org)
Another Jesus-Beatles connection can be found in dialogue from the “College” episode in the first season of The Sopranos:
Father Phil Intintola: You know what's remarkable? If you take everything Jesus ever said, add it up, it only amounts to only two hours of talk.
Carmela Soprano: Nooo. But wait, I heard the same thing about the Beatles. Except it was if you add up all their songs it only comes to ten hours.
While initially apologetic about making the Jesus-Beatles comparison, Lennon returned to the subject in the song "The Ballad of John and Yoko":
Christ you know it ain't easy, you know how hard it can be
The way things are going, they're going to crucify me
The animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine depicted a sun-colored Boat of Re and Khepera's battle with the water demons, the Blue Meanies. Still another link to ancient Egypt was the inspiration the Beatles drew from African-American musicians. Performers in ancient Egypt would have been influenced by the culture of their African neighbors.
The ball of dung pushed by the scarab god also had its counterpart in modern culture. That rolling ball is "like a rolling stone," which begat the Rolling Stones and Rolling Stone magazine.
The album photo for Abbey Road was shot by Iain MacMillan on August 8, 1969 at a location outside the EMI studio at 3 Abbey Road.
The placement of the Volkswagen Beetle on the cover was an unintended "coincidence." Efforts to find the owners to remove the car from the shooting sight were unsuccessful. Police attempting to move the vehicle could only get it partially off the street. In the Era of Khepera, you can't push the scarab out of the picture.
In September 2018, Paul McCartney released the album Egypt Station, whose cover art included a scarab.
Image Abbey Road © EMI Records, Ltd., fair use
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