News — Educational

Egyptian Deity: Ba Bird - Keeping You Connected After Death

Posted by Steve Collins on

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...

Read more →

Egyptian Educational: Color Your Own Hieroglyphic Alphabet

Posted by Steve Collins on

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...

Read more →

Egypt Travel: Medinet Habu Temple Visit

Posted by Discoveries Inc. on

Medinet Habu is known to be the mortuary temple of Ramesses III. It is located on the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt. Inside the Medinet Habu Temple are beautifully decorated columns and pillars. We loved visiting these archeological wonders in Luxor, Egypt. The temple is best known as the source for reliefs and hieroglyphic writings depicting the happenings during the reign of Ramesses III. At then end of this post is a photo of the cartouche in the temple depicting Ramesses name. In archaeology, a cartouche is an oblong enclosure of a group of Egyptian hieroglyphics, typically representing the name and...

Read more →

Egyptian Expert Explains EID Holidays and Feasts

Posted by Steve Collins on

Approximately 2 months after the end of Ramadan is the largest, most holy Muslim holiday called the Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).

Read more →

Egypt Travel: Visiting the Karnak Temple Complex

Posted by Discoveries Inc. on

Karnak, as the complex is referred to, is the largest religious site ever made, spanning more than 200 acres. It is located in Luxor which is just east of the Nile river and near the Luxor Museum.   The temple has been developed over a period of 1500 years and added to by different pharaohs. That resulted in a collection of temples, sanctuaries, pylons and other decorations that is unlike any other holy place in Egypt. Karnak is divided into three compounds for each of the different religious centers: Amun, Mut and Montu. Modern day visits to Karnak involve nightly shows with light...

Read more →