Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Temple of Kom Ombos

Artfully taken from a cruise ship, this temple is on a bend in the Nile and is reachable more easily by water than by land. The name means mound of gold because the location was once at the crossroads of major trade routes through the Middle East. It also attracted a lot of Nile crocodiles. These humungous and mean creatures were encouraged to come up on shore and were coddled and admired by the priests even after they expired. Croc mummies are on display.

Sobek is a big god in these parts: he has the head of a crocodile on a human body.

I guess worshipping in a temple surrounded by crocs made it easy to figure out what to pray for.

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