Ab
Semitic magical month. Crossing a river on the twentieth of
that month was supposed to bring sickness. Ancient texts state
that if a man should eat the flesh of swine on the thirtieth day
of Ab, he will be plagued with boils.
Ab is also an ancient Egyptian term for the heart. Since the
heart was the seat of the conscience, its preservation was a crucial
part of the mummification process.

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