Hot air balloons over the Nile in Luxor. I had trouble adjusting the smog and dust filter on my camera.
Temples at Karnak – Statue of Ramses II with his wee little wife. Kaled told us that she was little because she was unimportant, as females generally are were. The internet tells us that she is little because before she was Ramses’ favorite wife, she was Ramses’ favorite daughter. Ewwww…
On the beams atop these ancient papyrus columns, you can see 5,000 year old paint. Unbelievable. Compare to the photo below, of the 5 year old paint on my rental property. Unacceptable.
Standing in at 97 feet tall, a shape that needs no introduction…. The obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut (really does not sound one bit like “hot chicken soup”) is a clue that not only was the lady clever in her use of religious symbolism to legitimize her claim to be pharaoh, she was also keenly aware that phallic symbolism garners a lot street cred.
Don’t make eye contact, or else he might call on you to answer a question. FitchaGroupa, what were the dates of the new kingdom?
More scenes from the Temples at Karnak. On the left, in the background, a statue of an Egyptian god has been creatively vandalized to resemble a Coptic cross. In the foreground, Anna disapproves.
The sarcophagus you want to view is just above the top entrance. You, however, will enter the pyramid at the bottom and crabwalk on a 3 ft. wide path set at a 30 degree angle, bracing yourself on toe-pegs. Please keep to the left, as there will be Japanese tourists tumbling down on the right.
All aboard the NEW WINNER!! Which we later traded in for LES-BUS
If elected Pharaoh, I promise to put a pyramid outside every window. -Cheops
Many religious practices and observations today hearken back to the more pragmatic considerations of ancient peoples rather than anything mystical in nature. The practice of covering the head but uncovering the feet stands out as an example. These observances date back to a time before gravity, when it was common to bump the head, but not so much the feet.
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