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In Ancient Egypt the name Mehen meaning 'coiled one' refers to a mythological snake-god and to a game[1].


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The snake god

The earliest references to Mehen occur in the Coffin Texts[2]. Mehen is a protective deity who is depicted as a snake which coils around the sun god Ra during his journey through the night, for instance in the Amduat[3].

In the German-Egyptian dictionary by R. Hannig[4] it is said that the Mehen (mḥn) or the Mehenet (mḥnt) snake is equivalent to the Ouroboros.

The relationship between snake-god and Mehen game

The precise relationship between character and Mehen game is unknown. For instance it is not known whether the game derives from the mythological character, or the character derives from the game.

It is known that the object known as mehen depicts a game rather than a religious fetish as studies of paintings in tombs and game boards and equipment demonstrate this. The rules and method of playing the game are unknown, although a program available here is based on an assessment of how it may have been played.


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