Two Weeks in Egypt - October 2012
Day Ten: Temple of Horus then life on the Nile to Kom Ombo
We had moored overnight at Edfu. Next morning we were greeted on the riverbank by long lines of horse-drawn buggies - our transport to Temple of Horus. We spent a very interesting morning there and then continued on the Nile. It was a pleasant time, nice warm weather and the chance to cool off in the swimming pool on the main deck of the boat. Late in the day we arrived at Edfu, together with several other large cruise ships, and then we walked around the riverside Temple of Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile.
The Temple of Horus
After the usual breakfast of fresh rolls, fruits and eggs cooked to order we headed off the boat to board the waiting buggies. Each buggy driver had a number than we needed to remember for our return trip. But the number was in his head (don't be silly, why write it on the buggy itself???). Apparently the local authorities agreed to ban cars and buses from carrying tourists so that the buggy drivers could maintain their monopoly. But they did provide an interesting service.
The Temple of Horus is a major complex and is particularly well preserved - except for the damage and wilful destruction caused by the Coptic Christian monks who moved into the area and lived inside the temple for some time. Their fires and lights have blackened the ceilings and their hate for the facial images of people, and even animals, saw them chisel out all features. Despite the damage the carvings and other work are outstanding.
The Temple at Kom Ombo
The Egyptians who lived beside the Nile always feared the crocodile. This creature would hide in the reeds and appear, as if by magic to snatch a child or even a grown person. The people eventually decided that crocodiles were not being adequately revered, so they set up a large temple complex dedicated to the crocodile in order to pacify them. Whether it worked is doubtful, but it did give rise to a thriving industry in embalming. Many of these preserved crocodiles remain.
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