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  • That the Egyptians recognized an elemental chemistry — the word khem is a very old name for the black alluvium of the Nile delta, and thus, by synecdoche, for Egypt itself — is argued at some length by R.A. Schwaller de Lubizc in his titanic book on the temple of of the South at Luxor, The Temple of Man (Inner Traditions International, Rochester, VT: in press). observes, "a popular belief in the four as somehow basic ingredients in nature was much older," possibly a borrowing from Egypt.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XXIII No 4 1998

  • These words have come to us by a somewhat circuitous route, through the Arabic; the original word khem having first been picked up by the Arab conquerors of Egypt, and by them handed on to the Barbary Moors, who carried it to Spain, whence it has spread through Europe.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers 1891

  • The first sign is a syllabic hieroglyph standing for khem – "black."

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers 1891

  • An evidence of entrepreneurial activity among the locals are bundles of khem - long grass used to make brooms - one of the largest non-timber forest product sectors in Laos - earning extra income for Lao villagers.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News 2010


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