With the arrival of my NatGeo magazine, this post features obelisks, the topic of one of the articles. They first appeared in the 5th Dynasty, and they adorned the pharaohs’s sun temples, a dedication to Ra. Later on, the New Kingdom was a time when a lot of famously known obelisks were erected. These include Cleopatra’s needle (the name can be deceiving), as well as the obelisks Ramesses II placed in front of the Karnak temple, one of which is now in Place de la Concorde in Paris. The obelisks represented fertility, homage to the gods, and a way for the pharaohs to convey their power and godliness.
Speaking of the sun, on Monday there will be a total solar eclipse in the U.S. A solar eclipse represented Ra’s struggle with the “evil” god Apepi. Apepi tried to swallow Ra, the sun disk, but Ra always defeated Apepi, relieving the ancient Egyptians with the reestablishment of maat, or universal order.
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