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Figure 5.21: Symbols of decans on the Long Denderah zodiac.

to point out how careful should be the analysis of the Egyptian symbols in order to find a correct decoding. Even the smallest details may contain some important information.

Let us stress out that an Egyptian zodiac is often a very complex astronomical picture showing a large amount of astronomical information, and because of it, its structure and symbolic language could be quite complicated. Nevertheless, we will show that these zodiacs are practically flawless regarding their astronomical contents and their accuracy can be fully trusted. Since this is not an attitude shared by specialists in Egyptian astronomy, many researchers easily assume that the astronomical contents of the Egyptian zodiacs is not very precise and could be corrupted because of artistic or other reasons. We would like to use our research against this attitude that we consider to be wrong.

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