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Old 05-16-2006, 02:55 PM   #1
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The other six are on my blog

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South yet again overnight to Kom Ombo, where there exists a temple of particular interest: it is split exactly 50-50 between the god Horus of Protection and the god Sobek of Evil. Protection and Evil worshipped equally? It sounds strange, but Sobek is a god represented by crocodiles, and the locals here, plagued by an unusual number of crocodiles even for the Nile river, decided if they were to worship the god of crocodiles equally with the great god of protection, perhaps the crocodiles would thus be placated and happy.

No interesting form of transportation for this one, as the temple was right next to the boat and maybe 1 minute on foot.



The temple and the stairs leading up to it.



The front of the temple. Most of the hieroglyphics are contained within, as well as at the back of the temple.



One of the more interesting features of the temple is contained in this shrine to the right of the main temple building...



...mummified crocodiles. In an attempt to placate the great god of evil Sobek, the priests of Kom Ombo would not only raise crocodiles on the Horus side of the temple, but they would also mummify them to ensure their passage to eternal life, much the same as they would a human being.



Further into the temple is this statue, which has been deliberately edited by the Romans in order to wear Roman garb.



Notice on this piece of artwork that the slaves have their faces carved out. This isn't deliberate such as the defacement of Tuthmosis to Hatshepsut's artwork, or the early Christians to the Egyptian gods, but these pictures were carved this way originally and deliberately, to emphasize the fact that the slaves of the king were mere possessions and no longer people.



One of the most important hieroglyphics in the temple of Kom Ombo in the rear of the temple. To the left is god Sobek, the crocodile god of evil, and to the right is the god Horus. Look at the middle: there is a line straight down. This line actually splits the temple in a perfect 50-50 between god Sobek and god Horus.



An offering of medical instruments to the god Imhotep, god of health and medicine. If you look closely at this offering, you will notice medical instruments that were "discovered" by Western medicine millenia later.



VERY important. Another medical offering to Imhotep, but look at the item the King is offering: it's a stethoscope! The stethoscope was supposedly "invented" by Americans in the 1800s, but in reality the Egyptians were using it two and a half thousand years ago or more!



Pillars that originally led to the inner sanctum. Most of the ceiling has been naturally destroyed, but originally this temple was, of course, completely enclosed.

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The coronation of the King is depicted on much of the Horus side of the temple. If you notice here, Horus is writing something on a long papyrus for the newly coronated King of Egypt. At the bottom (cut off in this photo) is the image of a small frog. The frog was representative of the number 100,000 in ancient Egyptian, thus Horus is wishing the King should live 100,000 years or more.



Another very important scene; this is the ancient Egyptian harvest calendar. If you notice on the right, there are tick marks which represent numbers in hieroglyphics. Look at the one second from the bottom on the right column--the only one without tickmarks. That is pronounced "bah," and signifies the end of the harvest season. To this day, in colloquial Egyptian Arabic, "bah" means "enough," or the end of something.



Yet another coronation scene. Here you see a goddess, accompanied by the major gods/goddesses Horus, Ibis and Hatha, placing the ankh--the key of life--into the mouth of the newly coronated King, thus ensuring him eternal life.



Leaving the temple grounds, we discover another familiar and important royal contraption...



Another Nilometer. The King had them at all the necessary strategic points to ensure he received his share of the wealth of the land each flood season.

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Awesome stuff, as always.

Man, I love the "edited" statue. hehehehe
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crocodile mummies!! saweeeet. maybe the afterlife will be fun
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those are some absolutely amazing pictures!!!

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Really geat photos Devon! But we need to see you in some of them!!
Yesterday I watched again that movie "The Prince of Egypt"... so okay, it was a cartoon... but still very realistic in how they accomplished to show an era in Egypt and how life must have been back then. The minute I saw it it reminded me of your blog. The funny thing (at least for me, and perhaps 'cause I was very young) about Egypt, is that when I was there all I could think was about the Egyptians, their culture, their religion, their art and their beliefs, as if theywere cut from the rest of the world. But then one has to remember also the otehr cultures they were in touch with, other people... and that's why I loved that "edited" statue you posted. It keeps it real.
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Wow again! Thank you so much for sharing those great photos and descriptions.
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Hi there,
I'm an anthropologist and am trying to write a book which includes a section on stethoscopes. I'm very interested in including two of the images you show above which are said to represent stethoscopes. I wondered if you had copies of the images at 300 dpi or greater which you might be able to send me - that's the quality that's needed to print? if so that would be great and I would of course credit you in the book.

The images I'm talking about are the ones about thew folowing bits of text:

An offering of medical instruments to the god Imhotep, god of health and medicine. If you look closely at this offering, you will notice medical instruments that were "discovered" by Western medicine millenia later.

And:

VERY important. Another medical offering to Imhotep, but look at the item the King is offering: it's a stethoscope! The stethoscope was supposedly "invented" by Americans in the 1800s, but in reality the Egyptians were using it two and a half thousand years ago or more!

Thank you and all the best,

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Hi there,
I'm an anthropologist and am trying to write a book which includes a section on stethoscopes. I'm very interested in including two of the images you show above which are said to represent stethoscopes. I wondered if you had copies of the images at 300 dpi or greater which you might be able to send me - that's the quality that's needed to print? if so that would be great and I would of course credit you in the book.

The images I'm talking about are the ones about thew folowing bits of text:

An offering of medical instruments to the god Imhotep, god of health and medicine. If you look closely at this offering, you will notice medical instruments that were "discovered" by Western medicine millenia later.

And:

VERY important. Another medical offering to Imhotep, but look at the item the King is offering: it's a stethoscope! The stethoscope was supposedly "invented" by Americans in the 1800s, but in reality the Egyptians were using it two and a half thousand years ago or more!

Thank you and all the best,

Tom
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nice pics!
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very cool! I stared at the pic of the hieroglyphics in the temple of Kom Ombo for awhile. thanks for sharing.
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