John H. Taylor, Egypt and Nubia, British Museum (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press, 1991), p. 5. It is also possible, however, that the name “Land of the Bow” refers to the shape of the land. The Nile River is relatively straight in its course through Egypt. In Cush, however, due to the cataracts, the Nile makes a dramatic 180 degree bend, resembling the shape of a bow.