Note: Coptic was the spoken and written language in Egypt. It was in use from the first to about the sixth century A.D.
Mu meant “mother” in old egyptian (Mu = Mut = Maut, the great earth mother in early egypt).
Over time it mutated into mou, mau, and finally maau in Coptic (though some dialects still use mou).
Coptic (Hametic Language Group)
meeue thought, belief
mouh burn, flash
Indeed a link between mu and the nearly universal worship of an “Earth Mother” can easily be traced in various language groups.
The mu sounds in various cultures (pronounced moo like a cow utterance), these all seem to be diachronically linked to a similar ancient root.
In late Egyptian (Coptic) moue (means both “island” and also “brightness”), moou (water or flood), mou (death), mouh (several meanings according to context: burning, glowing; fullfillment, completion; appearance), me (means love or truth or justice), ma (place or location), maau (mother) and a several other mou- based words.
Now then, if the pattern follows normal diachronic mutation (i.e. people are lazy and make words easier over time) then the common root may have been ma, mae or mau.
This is interesting because the indo-european languages all have “ma”, “me”, or “mo” as the root for mother:
Old English modor
Old Irish mathair
In the Greek, the verb root mu implied closed lips, silence, unspoken and is hence the basis of the word musterion (mystery) as in the Elesian mysteries, which involved worship of the great earth mother.
A weird sidepoint is that the ancient Chinese earth mother goddess was called “shing moo”in some places and “ma tsoop” eslewhere with
the moo and ma meaning mother.
Greek (Indo European Language Group)
mu, muo verb closing of the lips
mu silence or unspoken
muth myth, story
muse muse, music
It is highly likely Demeter is De- Meter: The-True Mother.
Sumerian (Semitic Language Group)
eme tongue, speech
ma boat, depart
maruru flood storm
mer storm wind, violent storm
mumu always being reborn
mul star, constellation
mur storm wind, violent storm
umu older woman, nurse, teacher
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