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Egyptian Deity: The Scarab Beetle - Sun God Khepri

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The scarab beetle is an iconic Egyptian deity with fascinating origins. The scarab was thought to have been born from a pile of dung making it a symbol of self-creation. Egyptians would watch the scarab push the dung and noticed it resembled the sun moving across the sky. Ancient Egyptians believed the scarab beetle was a manifestation of the Sun God Khepri. Because the sun would reappear the following day the scarab was known to symbolize rebirth. Scarabs were worn by the living as a powerful amulet for protection. They were also buried with the dead to help them on their...

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EGYPTIAN TRAVEL: CAMELS IN EGYPT

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    Contrary to the what you might think, camels are not thought to have been in Egypt during ancient times (around 3000 BC). Camels are said to have been brought by foreign travelers and conquerors who traveled across the desert in the Ptolemaic Period (around 350 BC). Today, you can find camels in Egypt used for tourist adventures. Egyptians hold camel riding tours around the Pyramids of Giza. In an effort to provide more items that give you a taste of Egypt and a feeling of walking through Egypt itself, we have added a small camel statue to our product line. Mini...

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EGYPTIAN EXHIBITIONS: "EGYPT: THE TIME OF PHARAOHS"

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Visit the new exhibition, "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs", at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This showcase is local to us-- just 40 miles away! The exhibition promises "to transport you to the distant past to explore ancient Egyptian culture and the land of pharaohs".  Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's website for more information and to purchase tickets: https://www.dmns.org/visit/exhibitions/egypt-the-time-of-pharaohs 

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EGYPT TRAVEL: AVENUE OF SPHINXES

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Luxor is located about 450 miles south of Cairo on the east bank of the Nile River, and is home to some of the most spectacular temples and tombs in all of Egypt.  Karnak Temple and the Temple of Luxor are two amazing structures of pillars and facades that still stand after thousands of years.   During the reign of Queen Hatshepsut (3500 years ago!) construction began on a 1.5 mile road lined with sphinxes to connect the two temples The path was used once a year during the Opet festival. During this parade, Egyptians carried statues of Amun and Mut to...

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EGYPTIAN DEITY: The Sons of Horus Contain Egyptian's Organs

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Canopic jars were used by the ancient Egyptians during the mummification process. They were containers that held the internal organs of the deceased before mummification. The jars had lids or stoppers that were shaped as the head of one of the minor funerary deities known as the Four Sons of Horus. It was the job of these four deities to protect the internal organs of the deceased. The ancient Egyptians firmly believed that the deceased required his or her organs in order to be reborn in the Afterlife. The jars have lids in the shape of the four Sons of...

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