Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Egyptian Theme Block
The goddes Wadjet, shown as a cobra, represented Lower Egypt. The hieroglyphs above have the same meaning. The goddess Nekhbet, shown as a vulture , represented Upper Egypt and again the heiroglyphs below repeat the message. The cobra and vulture appear together as the uraeus on the headdress of the pharaoh.
The Eyes of Horus symbolize the sun (right eye) and the moon (left eye). The eyes had magical health-giving properties, bestowing protection and were thought to ward off bad luck. The Eye of Horus were painted on coffins and on the bows of boats, both to protect the craft and to 'see' the way.
The Nile is the longest river in the world, rising in the East African highlands and flowing more than 4000 miles to the Mediterranean. The rhythm of this great river was the most important feature in the lives of the Ancient Egyptians. Without the river Nile, Egypt would probably never have become a prosperous powerful nation. It was an essential link between the low-lying delta area and the higher, drier territory of Upper Egypt, and goods were traded all along it's length.
The river itself was an abundant sourse of food, home to many types of fish. Nile perch could even be caught in the irrigation ditches that were cut to channel water from the river to the fields.
And last but not least, we can't forget the pyramids.