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April

Magic Of Isis: A Goddess & A Mother


The great Egyptian goddess and the manifestation of all that is feminine, Isis embodies all the virtues and goodness of the divine wife and mother.  She was said to be the feminine power who created and nurtured every living thing. The Egyptians believed she could influence the heavens, the Earth, and the realm of the dead.  As the Great Enchantress, Isis held immense magical powers and knew all secrets. Isis’s celestial symbol is the star Sirius, and her husband, Osiris was Orion.  ...

The great Egyptian goddess and the manifestation of all that is feminine, Isis embodies all the virtues and goodness of the divine wife and mother.  She was said to be the feminine power who created and nurtured every living thing. The Egyptians believed she could influence the heavens, the Earth, and the realm of the dead.  As the Great Enchantress, Isis held imme...

The great Egyptian goddess and the manifestation of all that is feminine, Isis embodies all the virtues and goodness of the divine w...



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April

Who is the Great Ramesses!?


One of the greatest warrior kings and builders in Egypt’s history, Ramses II, was known as Ramses the Great. He possessed a great ego and declared himself the equal of the gods. He added a statue of himself boldly sitting among the gods. Ramses was the only surviving son and heir to Seti I, and he was raised to accomplish great things. When Ramses was in his teens, he has proclaimed his successor to the throne and was presented with his palace and harem. Little is known about his beautiful wife, Nefertari, except that she was his “Great Wife,” and that he was devoted to her. When he built a temple for her at Abu Simbel, Ramses inscribed over the door...

One of the greatest warrior kings and builders in Egypt’s history, Ramses II, was known as Ramses the Great. He possessed a great ego and declared himself the equal of the gods. He added a statue of himself boldly sitting among the gods. Ramses was the only surviving so...

One of the greatest warrior kings and builders in Egypt’s history, Ramses II, was known as



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April

The magnificent temples at Abu Simbel


ABU SIMBEL A site in Egypt where Ramses the Great (Ramses II) (1304–1237 B.C) carved a pair of rock-cut temples. Situated on the west bank of the Nile at Egypt’s southern border, Abu Simbel lies 180 miles south of Aswan. The larger of the two temples, the Great Temple, Hwt Ramesses Meryamun, called the Temple of Ramses Beloved of Amun, is dedicated to Egypt’s principal gods: Amun-Re, Rehorakhty, Ptah, and the deified Ramses. The walls of the Great Temple are decorated with religious scenes, including an array of gods and goddesses, and scenes of Ramses’s most important battles—the most well-known being the Battle of Kaddesh, which depicts Ramses’s victory over the Hittites.

ABU SIMBEL A site in Egypt where Ramses the Great (Ramses II) (1304–1237 B.C) carved a pair of rock-cut temples. Situated on the west bank of the Nile at Egypt’s southern border, Abu Simbel lies 180 miles south of Aswan. The larger of the two temples, the Great Temple, Hwt Ramesses Meryamun, called the Temple of Ramses Beloved of Amun, is dedicated to Egypt’s...

ABU SIMBEL A site in Egypt where Ramses the Great (Ramses II) (1304–1237 B.C) carved a pair of rock-cut templ...



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30

March

The Art of Mummification! Why? How?


The rituals surrounding mummification are closely tied to mythology and religion. The procedure arose from the need to preserve the body so the deceased could resurrect and become one with Osiris. Osiris, god of the dead, and Anubis, the patron of embalming, were the two most important gods associated with mummification. Because the ancient Egyptians believed in resurrection, the physical body as well as the BA and the KA, parts of the soul, were essential for life in the next world. This was the reason for mummification—so the body would be intact when it resurrected. In the earliest periods of Egyptian history, the deceased were simply placed in pits dug in the sand, then covered. Because the body was in contact with hot, dry sand, it dehydrat...

The rituals surrounding mummification are closely tied to mythology and religion. The procedure arose from the need to preserve the body so the deceased could resurrect and become one with Osiris. Osiris, god of the dead, and Anubis, the patron of embalming, were the two most important gods associated with mummification. Because the ancient Egyptians believed in resurrection,...

The rituals surrounding mummification are closely tied to mythology and religion. The procedure arose from the need to preserve the...



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21

March

The Cult of Osiris & The Holy City of Abydos


The most sacred city in all of Egypt, located on the West Bank of the Nile near modern Sohag. It was the main cult center of Osiris, the god of the dead, Abydos (known as Ibdju in ancient times) was the place to be buried in ancient Egypt. The tomb of king Djer, the third pharaoh of the 1st dynasty (c 3000 BC) was identified by later Egyptians as the tomb of Osiris himself. In the New Kingdom, Seti I built one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, which remains one of the country's highlights. Abydos was used as a necropolis from pre-dynastic to Christian times (c 4000 BC-AD 600), more than 4500 years of constant use. Much of the site remains unexcavated. According to the mythology, Osiris’s body was cut into pieces and spread over Egypt, and legend had it t...

The most sacred city in all of Egypt, located on the West Bank of the Nile near modern Sohag. It was the main cult center of Osiris, the god of the dead, Abydos (known as Ibdju in ancient times) was the place to be buried in ancient Egypt. The tomb of king Djer, the third pharaoh of the 1st dynasty (c 3000 BC) was identified by later Egyptians as the tomb of Osiris himself. In the New Kingdom,...

The most sacred city in all of Egypt, located on the West Bank of the Nile near modern Sohag. It was the main cult center of Osiris,...



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