News — Ancient Egypt

Give the Gift of Peace with an Egyptian Cartouche

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We have a premade cartouche that contains the Egyptian hieroglyphs for the word "peace." Whether you view peace as a feeling of calm or a sense of freedom, our peace pendant is a great symbol for yourself or someone you care about.    Egyptian BackgroundHotep is an Egyptian word that roughly translates as “to be satisfied, at peace.” In ancient Egypt, the pharaohs would wear an amulet-style cartouche to help ward off evil spirits and attract good luck. Wearing our peace cartouche would be the perfect accessory to bring good luck and peace to your life.  We are proud to say that all of our Egyptian jewelry is...

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Egyptian Deity: Ba Bird - Keeping You Connected After Death

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Ancient Egyptians believed that there were eight spirit forms that comprised the 'soul' of the deceased, and moved on to the next life. The Ba, usually depicted as a human head with the body and outstretched wings of a falcon (often with human hands down the sides), was the embodiment of the unique characteristics (personality) of the deceased.  The Egyptians thought birds were able to fly between the world of the living and the world of the afterlife. The Ba would fly by day and unite with the other important spirit forms of the deceased in the afterlife, and then return...

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Egyptian Educational: Color Your Own Hieroglyphic Alphabet

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At Discoveries Egyptian Imports we have created several coloring book pages, educational booklets and fun activity sheets. We have made it easy to discover new facts about ancient Egypt and to teach children Egyptology in an interesting way. The hieroglyphic language contains more than two thousand symbols, some representing words, others representing full ideas, and others representing sounds (phonetic). Depending on how the symbols are used, the same symbol might represent an idea in one hieroglyphic sentence or a sound in a different sentence! For the alphabet, there are multiple symbols that represent the same sounds. We have adopted a generally accepted alphabet/symbol translation...

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Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet: A Fierce Egyptian Deity

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Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is an Egyptian goddess depicted with the body of a woman with a lion head wearing a sun disk. She is one of the oldest known Egyptian deities. Her name means: “She who is powerful” and she was the goddess of the desert sun, plague, chaos, war, and healing. For her friends she could avert plague and cure disease. In order to stay on her good side they offered her food and drink and played music for her. As a result, this often ferocious deity was called the “lady of terror” and also the “lady of life”.  ...

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EGYPT TRAVEL: ARRIVING IN ASWAN FROM THE NILE

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Aswan stands out as a special part of Egypt. In particular, the Nile in Aswan is one of the most picturesque settings in all of Egypt. If there is wind, a sailboat ride is an absolute must.  Sailing south out of Aswan for an hour or so you reach rapids that are called cataracts. Experienced boat captains 'play' with the roiling waters and it is a wonderful, exotic experience. Aswan marks the beginning of Nubia, the area shared by Egypt and Sudan, and you can sense the cultural change as Africa approaches. Following the ride down the Nile, you can...

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