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The Journey to Egypt Conitnues!

The Journey to Egypt Conitnues!
02/06/04 0.56
Are you ready for the third leg of our journey to Ancient Egypt? Here are our latest offerings

Nekhbet was the very old patroness of Upper Egypt from the time before dynasty one. She was depicted as a woman (or a vulture) wearing the white crown and sometimes she had a vulture's head. Linked to the pharaoh and the crown, she often appears in war and offertory scenes, in vulture form hovering over the head of the pharaoh, holding the shen symbol and the royal flail. (ID 10322-27)

Nefertem was a form of the sun god Re from Heliopolis in Lower Egypt. He was the god of the rising sun. He was seen like a young man usually wearing the lotus-crown or a single lotus sometimes with two small plumes on his head. His staff could also be topped with feathers. His cult was performed in the homes where ordinary people worshiped him and carried small statuettes of him as good luck charms. He could also be a lion and with his parents he formed the "Triad of Heliopolis". (ID 10328-36)

Sobek was a crocodile from Faiyum who was born from the watery chaos when the world was created. He embodied the physical strength of the king, and was bodyguard for many gods protecting them from all evil and black magic as well. Sobek was revered for his ferocity and quick movement. (ID 10337-44)

Seshat, meaning 'female scribe', was seen as the goddess of writing, historical records, accounting and mathematics, measurement and architecture to the ancient Egyptians. She was depicted as a woman wearing a panther-skin dress. It was she who recorded the time allotted to the pharaoh by the gods for his stay on earth. She was also shown writing down the inventory of foreign captives and captured goods from campaigns. It was as 'Mistress of the House of Architects' that she helped the pharaoh set the foundations of temples with indication that she set the axis by the aid of the stars. (ID 10345-48)

The Chief god of the Underworld, Osiris, was foremost a god of agriculture and vegetation. Usually depicted in mummy garb, his death and rebirth symbolized the yearly drought and flooding of the Nile which caused its tremendous fertility. He was the chief judge of the dead. (ID 10349-54)

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Re: The Journey to Egypt Conitnues!
02/06/04 0.56 come risposta a caro_chef.
You guys (girls) are great not only is this site recreational, but now it's also educational! ;-)

I think it's really nice that you give us the background information on the puzzles, makes it even more fun for me to solve them now. So thanks!
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