EGYPRT’S DAILY LIFE – MARKET DAY

EVERY TUESDAY AND SATURDAY IT’S  MARKET DAY IN THIS SMALL VILLAGE ON THE WEST BANK ……….AND DON’T  WORRY  — EVERYTHING IS ORGANIC!!!!

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HOUSEWIVES ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE THE SAME – CRITICAL AND CHOOSY!

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NO TOMATOES HAVE EVER TASTED BETTER – RIPE AND JUICY IMG_0624-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IN THIS PART OF THE MARKET YOU CAN BUY A CHICKEN OR DUCK – YES THEY ARE ALIVE AND YOU TAKE THEM HOME ALIVE – AND THEN IF YOU WANT TO EAT THEM – WELL…….

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EGYPT’S DAILY LIFE = HOUSING

 

IMG_0587-2The Pyramids and temples had architecturally something in common, but the houses standing side by side along the Nile on the West Bank near Luxor today  – DON’T!

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EGYPT’S DAILY LIFE – TAKING A BATH

WHO NEEDS A BATHROOM WHEN YOU HAVE THE NILE?

Man taking his daily bath in the Nile near Luxor

Ready to take a daily bath – is anybody coming?

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PICTURE OF THE DAY – DAISIES

DAISIES GROW EVERYWHERE …….HERE THEY ARE HUGGING THE TREES IN THE WINTER PALACE HOTEL IN LUXOR – EGYPT

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EGYPT’S BURIAL GROUND FOR MILLIONS OF ANIMALS

A fascinating article about a new discovery of animal burial tombs is reported around the world, but maybe you have not read it yet?

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During routine excavations at the dog catacomb in Saqqara necropolis, an excavation team led by Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC), and an international team of researchers led by Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University have uncovered almost 8 million animal mummies at the burial site.

Studies on their bones revealed that those dogs are from different breeds but not accurately identified yet.

“We are recording the animal bones and the mummification techniques used to prepare the animals,” Ikram said.

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Archaeologist Salima Ikram examines the mummified remains of an adult dog in a wall niche

Studies on the mummies, Ikram explains, revealed that some of them were old while the majority were buried hours after their birth. She said that the mummified animals were not limited to canines but there are cat and mongoose remains in the deposit.

“We are trying to understand how this fits religiously with the cult of Anubis, to whom the catacomb is dedicated,” she added.

Ikram also told National Geographic, which is financing the project, that “in some churches people light a candle, and their prayer is taken directly up to God in that smoke. In the same way, a mummified dog’s spirit would carry a person’s prayer to the afterlife”.

Saqqara dog catacomb was first discovered in 1897 when well-known French Egyptologist Jacques De Morgan published his Carte of Memphite necropolis, with his map showing that there are two dog catacombs in the area.

However, mystery has overshadowed such mapping as it was not clear who was the first to discover the catacombs nor who carried out the mapping, and whether they were really for dogs.

“The proximity of the catacombs to the nearby temple of Anubis, the so called jackal or dog-headed deity associated with cemeteries and embalming makes it likely that these catacombs are indeed for canines and their presence at Saqqara is to be explained by the concentration of other animal cuts at the site,” Nicholson wrote on his website.

“These other cults include the burials of, and temples for, bulls, cows, baboons, ibises, hawks and cats all of which were thought to act as intermediaries between humans and their gods.”

Despite the great quantity of animals buried in these catacombs and the immense size of the underground burial places, Egyptologists have focused on the temples and on inscriptional evidence rather than on the animals themselves and their places of burial.

The mysteries behind De Morgan’s mapping were unsolved until 2009 when this team started concrete excavations at the cemetery in an attempt to learn more about the archaeological and history of the site.

“Results at the first season showed that De Morgan map has substantial inaccuracies and a new survey is under way,” Nicholson said.

“The animal bones themselves have been sampled and preliminary results suggest that as well as actual dogs there may be other canids present. Furthermore the age profile of the animals is being examined so that patterns of mortality can be ascertained.”Salah Mousa

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Is this dog visiting his ancestors? I photographed him in the Saqqaua area where the tombs were found

Is this dog visiting his ancestors? I photographed him in the Saqqaua area where the tombs were found

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 EGYPT’S DAILY LIFE – CROSSING THE NILE

THE QUICKEST WAY TO GO FROM THE EAST BANK OF THE NILE IN LUXOR, WHERE THE FAMOUS TEMPLE OF KARNAK IS LOCATED – ATTRACTING THOUSANDS OF VISITORS EVERY YEAR – TO THE WEST BANK TO VISIT HE VALLEY OF THE KINGS IS BY BOAT –  THERE ARE LOTS AND LOTS OF SMALL TOY-LOOKING MOTOR BOATS AND ONE PUBLIC FERRY.

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IMG_8100-2THE LITTLE BOATS ARE OPERATED BY THEIR OWNER AND IT IS ADVISABLE TO AGREE ON A PRICE BEFORE YOU BOARD – OF COURSE THE PRICE DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU GO AND HOW GOOD YOUR NEGOTIATION SKILLS ARE.  JUST  CROSSING THE RIVER SHOULD COST NO MORE THAN 10 Egyptian pounds ($2)

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THE FERRY IS MOSTLY USED BY LOCALS AND IT IS  ABOUT 15 CENTS – TOURISTS PAY 70 CENTS.  I PREFERRED TO TAKE  THE FERRY; IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS PART OF  EGYPT’S DAILYL IFE!

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EGYPT’S DAILY LIFE – BAKING BREAD

BREAD – FLAT BREAD is  still today a staple of the Egyptian diet, like it was thousands of years ago for the Ancient Egyptians. Made only of flour, water, and salt, how it can be good?  Maybe the secrets lies in the baking or the oven?

Walking along main street in El Gezira, on the West Bank of Luxor, bread popping out of an oven stopped me.IMG_6007-=2 When I walked closer a man came out of the store, and smiling at me he asked, “You want to see? Inside?” —  Did I? Of course I did! And I wanted to take pictures, but just holding up one’s phone and snapping away is often not welcomed.IMG_6003--2

“My name Mahmoud, this my store,” he said proudly while showing me around. When I took my phone out of my pocket, he asked, “You want picture?”  I nodded and he continued,” You take picture, OK!” So I took picture!……..

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Wooden receptacle in which dough is prepared

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Lined up on a wooden blank and ready for the oven

Mahmouds assistant putting it in the oven

Mahmoud’s assistant putting it in the oven

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Ready for Sale

 

………..and thanking him for his kindness, I bought some of his bread for our lunch – warm, right out of the oven it was delicious – how can just flour, water, and salt taste so good?

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P.S.  Flat Bread has now arrived on our shores and is eaten regularly by many American

 

 

 

 

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