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14 Pieces

In the ancient myths a series of sacrificial gods are cut into 14 pieces: Semiramis Osiris Pan Dionysius In the Roman tradition Bacchus is cut into 7 pieces which is a subset of 14. 7 and 14 both relate to phases of the moon. In the case of Osiris we are told this was done by Typhon, who was aided by 72 assistants. 72 years is also the number of years in one degree of precession of the equinoxes. These regularities suggest that the various ancient stories of cutting persons into a specific number of pieces was related to chronology. At the same time the numbers 7 and 14 have direct links with Indian chakras and Chinese meridians. Seven was also the number of stages of initiation in the rites of Mithra, Serapis and Bacchus. All this suggests that the cutting to pieces had a significance qua moral development qua the microscosm as well as chronological order in the macrocosm.
 
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The part of the myth recounting the chopping up of the body into 14 pieces by Set is not recounted in this particular stela. Although it is attested to be a part of the rituals by a version of the Papyrus Jumilhac, in which it took Isis 12 days to reassemble the pieces, coinciding with the festival of ploughing.
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