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Coptic Synaxarium - Lives of Saints

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Of all survivals from Pharaonic Egypt, the calendar is the most striking.  Each of the twelve months of the Coptic calendar still carries the name if one of the deities of feasts on ancient Egypt.  Without a doubt, this reflects the conservatism that characterizes the inhabitants of the Nile Valley, who are reluctant to set aside their traditional way of life.

Documents from around the fifth century B.C., such as the Aramaic papyri from Elephantine, indicate that the great festivals held in honor of certain divinities gave their name to the month in which that particular celebration occurred.  (Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty)

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