limestone (they call it alabaster) with pervasive chert nodules. On top I found
a wack of old pottery, some shelly fossils, and areas of chrinoidal limestone. That evening, over tea, we watched Amen Ra descend below the western desert horizon and the first stars come out. The ancient Egyptians believed that Amen Ra would then pass through the underworld, Osiris’ domain, only to be born again each day in the east.
|Me and Tito (aka “Mr Happy”)|
Osiris built by Seti I. We were the only ones there in the morning, and walking
alone through the temple gave me an idea of how sacred it was meant to be.
There were 7 side rooms in the temple dedicated to 7 gods: Horus, Isis, Osiris,
Nut I think, Seti I himself, and can’t remember the others right now (and too lazy to google it).
|Temple of Osiris|
|A Pharaoh giving offerings to Osiris, god of the underworld|
|Vulture overhanging doorjamb|
|Mysteriously flooded portion of the Temple of Osiris home to foot long fish!|
|Temple of Hathor|
After Osiris’ Temple, I was feeling a little ruined-out and planned on kind of
skimming this last one. But Hathor’s Temple completely enthralled me and turned out to be my favorite out of all of them. Hathor was the goddess of protection and was often depicted as a cow standing over the protected or suckling them from her udder. Fittingly, her temple was
one of the best preserved of all the ruins I’d seen. Just when I thought I’d enjoyed most of the temple, a “guide” beaconed me down into a subterranean
catacomb accessible only through a very low squeeze-way (~2ft tall).
|Nut stretched out, shielding a doorway|
|Entrance to the catacomb|
Then Hamdy led me through a small side-corridor that square-spiralled up into rooms above and then to the temple’s roof. These rooms were covered and protected by ceilings imbued with depictions of Nut, the sky goddess, bending over with feet and hands planted on the Earth as if to shield everything beneath the sky.
|Nut arched across the sky, protecting all beneath|
|I walked past these coolers 4 times just days before the bombing attempt|