The Trip To Egypt, 2004
Day 6, Luxor, Medinet Habu,
Village of Deir El Medina
|Jan's Notes||Jim's Photos And Comments|
Luxor 11/5 Friday
Home of the Pharaohs; greatest art period.
86% of Egypt is desert.
3 biggest crops are cotton, sugar cane & rice.
No laundromats. Showing dirty lingerie to anyone else is a big no-no. No dryer needed; so dry everything air dries quickly.
Colossi of Amenhotep III (temple) ruined in flood.
Village of Gorna=descendants of ancient Egypt. Their ancient ancestors were probably tomb-robbers said Aki, since they helped make the tombs & knew how to get in & out & what was there.
1183 BC Ramses III
(11 Ramses in total)
King visited 2x/year to commune w/the priests. Show approval to people. Series of doors closed out all but highest priest & the king thru the last door & into the sanctuary. Maintain the mystery this way. Not for common people.
More preserved color here than elsewhere because: drier climate; mineral not vegetable color used; deeper carving. (Photos show deepest carving)
of the name
Kemet=what Ancient Egyptians called themselves=black soil.
Frog in hieroglyphics = 1,000 years. King kills wild bull = sign of power.
Temple of Ramseum=biggest
1-piece statue made here. Ramses II-only remnant is left.
The Temple gates line up.
Almost a week of this and this man can still smile!
This man was playing an instrument in from of a restaurant near the temple.
(c) 2004, Jim Hayes
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