Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Karnak in Thebes

There is just so much History.
Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt is the world's largest religious structure and one of the oldest. Knowing I was going to Karnak made me remember Johnny Carson and his Karnak the Magnificent skits. While the real Karnak was not a comedic sketch it was Fabulous. For those who might remember CARSON here is a Skit! Carnac the Magnificent was a role played by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and later continued on Late Show with David Letterman, occasionally by Paul Shaffer. One of Carson's most well known characters, Carnac was a psychic with a large elaborate turban and a plethora of envelopes, all of which (according to Ed McMahon) were "hermetically sealed" and had been kept in "a mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnalls' porch since noon" that day. On the way to his desk after arriving on stage Carnac would invariably trip and fall. (On one memorable occasion, Carson's desk had been replaced with a balsa-wood version and he smashed right through it.)
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on the SPOT
The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isut (Most select of places) by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amun, Mut and Khonsu.
I found this piece of information quite interesting: The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big, St Peter's, Milan and Notre Dame Cathedrals could be lost within its walls.
All Egyptian temples had a sacred lake, Karnak's is the largest. It was used during festivals when images of the gods would sail across it on golden barges. Karnak was also the home of a flock of geese dedicated to Amun.
Modern Luxor
Sacred Lake Every Egyptian temple had a sacred lake, and the one at Karnak Temple was the largest. Used daily by the priests for purification, the sacred lake was also used in festivals during which images of the gods would travel across the lake in boats. The lake measures 130 x 77 meters and was surrounded by storerooms and homes of the priests.
Near the Sacred Lake was a Scarab Statue. If you walked around it X number of times it would, WELL take a look at this UTUBE site and it will be Clearer. The Sacred Scarab Statue
with information Our Guide Osman, while not in this video was just as knowledgeable, but OUR OSMAN ROCKED! Tomorrow The Temple of Luxor


Bobbisox said...

I would have loved the perfumery; the scents I got at the Rosacrution museum are very special to me, I am sure there are much more sensational perfumes over there.

DeeMom said...

Bottom line smells 9well the good ones] ;) are awesome perfume wise, it was a learnign experience

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