The Trip To Egypt, 2004
|Jan's Notes||Jim's Photos And Comments|
Greek/roman 185 BC; took 220 years to complete. Built for 2 gods: Horus and Sobek the Crocodile god. Temple built by river bank. They worshipped crocs because didn't understand the amphibian lifestyle. They thought they "died" in the winter Y& mysteriously "came to life" in the sun which to them showed proof of life after death. Used by healers as well as priests.
Story of the carving:
Sobec = Croc. God.
Christians obliterated parts of carvings & statues not sand-covered-chiseled them because they were "heathen".
Staff=snake catcher; emphasis on femaleness in shape.
There were 7 Cleopatras. The last one is the famous one. Cleopatra was Greek so she was blue-eyed and blond. Hollywood got it wrong. She was not beautiful by the standards of today.
Lock & key style of stone so no mortar needed.
Secret tunnels for gifts from VIPs; priests, healers. Deep water hole to keep a croc. that was chosen to be the god.
Ancient Egyptians had advanced medicine & could treat: menstrual pain, fractures, skin rashes, brain surgery & epilepsy. Care based on experimentation.
Pregnancy test: collect urine from not pregnant woman & suspected pregnant woman. Plant 2 seeds and water each one with a different urine and wait 5 days. If one grows faster, that urine came from a pregnant woman since the hormones make the seed grow faster.
Imhotep=Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. He was the architect of the step pyramid and was rewarded by being made a god.
While building road from Luxor to here, found 40 mummified royal crocs in a tomb.
Played music while patients waited.
Part of the temple at Kom Ombo shows it's Greek roots
The alligator god.
Karen gets to feed a camel. He's as well behaved as her horse.
A pile of jugs near the temple.
A dragongfly near the temple.
A boy and his cobra - friends for life...
Aki gives us the lowdown on Egyptian food at the "full dress" dinner.
Surprised by a watermelon.
Fishermen on the Nile.
View out the window of the Sun Boat, past statues.
Dusk on the Nile
(c) 2004, Jim Hayes
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