KHNUM, what’s in a name

When according to the ancient Egyptian myth the god Toth started his work of creation, the sound “Noun” originated and from this arose 4 male and 4 female gods. For this reason the city of Thoth was called Khnum, the City of Eight. The eight gods made the world originate by their word. Khnum was thereby worshiped in some regions of Egypt, as the creator of the world or as the god of creativity.

The eight-division lies at the basis of the structure on which the semantic database is built. The metaphor of the city also tells something about the semantic database that consists of 8 x 8 = 64 clusters of meaning. The application makes it possible to pass through these groups, to travel and to discover shifts of meaning, such as traveling through a city, from neighborhood to neighborhood. There is some uncertainty about the correct spelling of Khnum, Khnoem, Knoum, … We chose ‘Khnum’.


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