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Amon

Egyptian god; also spelled Amun and Amen. According to The Da Vinci Code, the name of Leonardo's Mona Lisa is an anagram of Amon and L'isa - Egyptian deities that allegedly represented male and female fertility. Building on this thesis, Dan Brown claims that Leonardo intended the person portrayed in the painting to be androgynous (with both male and female characteristics), and that this depiction represents Leonardo's own sexuality.

This approach is riddled with errors. First, L'isa is not an alternate spelling of the goddess name Isis (as Brown says; DVC, 120). Second, Amon was god of the air, not of fertility, and Amon's consort was Mut, not Isis. (The consort of Isis was Osiris.) Third, the painting known in the English-speaking world as Mona Lisa was never known as such in its native country or its current country of residence; to this day it's referred to as La Gioconda in Italy and as La Joconde in France. See also Isis; Leonardo da Vinci; L'isa; Mona Lisa.



Printed with permission from Bethany House Publishers, South Bloomington, Minnesota from the book "The Da Vinci Codebreaker : an easy-to-use fact checker for truth seekers" by James L. Garlow.
 

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