The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. Clearly it was watching over me today. We are sailing the Nile with two stops, first at Kom Ombo Temple and later, Edfu Temple. Both were built by Ptolemic kings in the first or second centuries BCE. So young! The Eye of Horus must have kept me from Kom Ombo Temple.
Kom Ombo Temple is dedicated in part to Sobek, the crocodile, reptilian god. It was the only temple I missed and the only place in Egypt where we were to see a – ew, I don’t even want to say the word – cobra. I could barely touch the screen for Diane’s shot of Simon:
And that is all I have to say about that.
This afternoon, we stopped at Edfu to visit the temple there. We boarded horse-and-buggies –
– in what must be said was a somewhat harrowing ride through busy traffic with a horse of dubious age and health. Other horses and buggies roared past us. Our driver may think it was my fault, since every time he tried to use his stick on the horse, I struck him on the arm. Another driver told him to get a move on and a lengthy conversation ensued. I imagine our driver was saying he was grateful I didn’t have Amelia Peabody’s parasol.
Edfu Temple was beautiful. Sadly, much of its beauty had been erased by chisels and hammers, purportedly the work of Costic Christians who later occupied the temple. However, there were still amazing sculptures and bas-reliefs.