I am in Luxor and today we went to the Temple of Karnak. It is one of those places you have probably seen on TV or in photographs. Huge walls tilted on the front with an opening in the middle. Carvings of the pharaoh in “Smiting Pose,” fat columns in a colonnaded hallway. These were purposely left open to the sky. The reason, I was told, was for the spirit of the dead pharaoh, his Ba, could land in the courtyard. Okay. Cool.
I keep wondering, “Didn’t anyone ask if any of this really worked?”
But then again, can’t you say that about any religion?
Ya gotta believe!
Okay. Cool. Once again.
Because we were with Chris and he is recognized by many of the people at the temple we were given access to a room off-limits to the general public. It was a small area, maybe 10’x15’. The walls were covered with brightly painted figures of the pharaohs and the gods interacting. The colors were striking, and to think they are 3500 years old!