Anthropomorphic Maps #general
The URL Sam posted for a 1914 map of Europe is actually a caricature of anthropomorphic maps. Before the advent of portable written media (parchment, papyrus), these maps were generated by configuring the gigantic virtual body of a god or goddess over the area to be mapped. The name of each part of that body became the name of the area under that part. This produced a mental image whose place names indicated the approximate location, direction and size of each area in relation to all other areas on the same map whose name was produced in this manner.
Based on linguistic evidence, I discovered Phoenician body-part maps of West Asia and North Africa. Because Hebrew and Phoenician are both Western Semitic languages with a similar lexicon, many of the geographic names on them sound Hebraic. Descriptions of these maps are in the two attached Anthropomorphic_Maps files. These maps indicate there is a psycho-linguistic aspect to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Unbelievable but genuine folk etymologies for many of these area names are in the CarlMasthay_email_exch file.
On these maps, internal parts are subdivisions of external parts. The Aphrodite_Map_pics file indicates that Goshen was Aphrodite's kidney. You may want to print out a page or two for use at your Pesach seder.
At the time of King Solomon, Ethiopia / Abyssinia (Hebrew kHaBaSH) stretched all the way across central Africa. The South Atlantic Ocean was known as the Ethiopian Sea. Cassiopeia was the queen of Ethiopia. Queen Sheba's name is a reversal of kHaBaSH.
Look at the SoundChangeHandOut file first. It describes ancient changes in the sounds of some Hebrew consonants.
Best regards, Izzy (Israel A. Cohen)