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Dreams in ancient Egypt

Dreams and Their Meaning in Ancient Egypt

Dreams, according to the ancient Egyptians, were like oracles that brought messages from the gods. It is clear how significant dreams were in ancient times from the regularity with which they are referenced in the first two books of the Old Testament. There are more than a dozen allusions to dreams in Genesis alone, the most of which are prophetic.

The Old Testament tale of Joseph and his brothers reveals a lot about prehistoric attitudes on dream prophecy. In part because of visions he had predicting he would reign over his siblings, Joseph was sold into slavery (35:5 - 11). Two of the previous pharaoh's officials, a cupbearer, and a baker later revealed to Joseph that they had experienced dreams but were unable to comprehend them while he was imprisoned in Egypt. The cupbearer would be released and the baker would be executed in three days, as Joseph accurately deduced from the dreams. When Joseph was asked to explain the pharaoh's dreams that the royal magicians had been unable to understand, he was freed from jail. The pharaoh had first witnessed seven fat cows being eaten by seven skinny cows.

In the second dream of the pharaoh, seven small ears of grain were eaten by seven large ones. Egypt will experience seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine, according to Joseph's interpretation of the dreams, and the populace would need to make enough preparations to prevent widespread hunger. We can also learn about the Egyptians' belief in prophetic dreams from archaeological data. The most well-known example is possibly that of Thutmose IV (1400–1390 B.C). A stele that describes a dream had by the young prince who would become Thutmose IV may be found near the base of the Great Sphinx.

The Great Sphinx was partially covered in the sand when the prince took a midday snooze while out hunting in the desert. The young prince had a dream that the Sphinx had informed him that if he removed the sand covering it, he would become pharaoh. He made himself pharaoh after removing the sand from the Sphinx. The stele confirms that the ancient Egyptians had a significant belief in prophetic dreams, which is implied in Genesis and Exodus. In the Joseph narrative, the pharaoh trusted Joseph's interpretation of his visions sufficiently to give him responsibility for the nation's economic future for the following 14 years.

The Egyptian Dream Book

The British Museum's nearly complete Hieratic Dream Book provides some insight into how the ancient Egyptians understood dreams. Although being written on the papyrus recto side (front), several portions of the book have been lost. The letter to the vizier of Egypt is reproduced on the verso (behind), the side with the horizontal fibres on top (also the side that is easier to write on), and it depicts a war. There is no question that the Nineteenth Dynasty was used to write this website (1295 - 1186 B.C). The Dream Book was undoubtedly written later because the verso, or rear side, is usually written first. This Dream Book edition could have been a copy of an older papyrus from the Twelfth Dynasty (1985 - 1795 B.C).

The start and the end of the papyrus are damaged, as is so common with this material. The list of dreams and their explanations is all that is left. Who the papyrus was meant for is a mystery. One theory is that since the average person could not read, the priests' duties included dream interpretation. This would be in line with biblical tales in which only a select few people had the capacity to interpret dreams. The House of Life's priests may have served as the translators, according to hieroglyphs. The closest we come to vocalised ancient Egyptians is through Coptic writing, which is ancient Egyptian written in Greek letters with a few extra characters. When the PHA rash requests the help of his dream interpreters, the Coptic (Bohairic) translation of the Bible uses the term seshperonch.

The name sesh-per-ankh scribe of the House of Life is possibly a corruption of this. Anybody seeking divine direction would often spend the night at the temple, where the priests would then interpret their dreams for a charge. Each Greek visitor to Egypt was almost expected to spend the night in a temple to receive dream oracles, and the Temple of Seti at Abydos was a favourite. The names of visitors who stayed there are engraved into the walls of the temple's back stairway. It appears that at least some of these passengers spent the late hours of the night carving their names because the names are frequently barely a foot or two above the stairs. One group recorded, that they caught a fox here. The Dream Book is arranged in an orderly way, from right to left, and was written in hieratic, a cursive variant of hieroglyphs. If a guy sees himself in a dream, it says in the right margin. Each horizontal line begins with a dream description and ends with the dream's interpretation. Each interpretation starts with Good or Poor and then provides an explanation. A partial listing of the Dream Book's interpretations may be seen below.

Dream: Prediction kill an ox well. It denotes the expulsion of the dreamer's adversaries. Writing about Well. It indicates that the status of the palette dreamer is generally known. Blood is Wonderful to Drink. It entails eliminating his adversaries. choosing dates Well. It entails locating food provided by a god. A big cat sighting is pleasant. It portends a plentiful harvest for the dreamer. partnering with evil. It entails living like a pig without any things. Finding his Bad. It implies that later on, the dreamer's behind will end up alone. Getting up well. It entails being a mast held high by a deity. It's good to drink wine. It means something female slave from which he will have satisfaction.

There doesn't appear to be a recurring theme or method used to interpret the dreams. It's possible that the list was collected over many years with evolving meanings. DUAMUTEF One of Horus' four sons who was in charge of protecting the mummy's internal organs. The stomach was protected with Duamutef. Duamutef has a jackal-like head. DUAT The Duat was a mythical area between the world of the living and the world of the dead, a land of darkness and home to fearsome monsters.

The Duat is said to be situated deep within a valley that divides Earth from the Netherworld, according to the Amduat, The Book of That Which Is in the Netherworld. The spirits of the dead go with Re the sun god as he descends below the horizon at the end of each day to start the 12-hour trip. Only those souls that pass the Weighing of the Heart Ritual and are determined to be pure are permitted to go with the sun god on this deadly voyage. The wicked demons who threaten the sun god at every hour are defeated at the conclusion of the twelfth hour, and Re and the souls successfully make their way into the welcome domain of the sky goddess Nut. The souls get ready for their ascension in the Netherworld as He arrives on the horizon to usher in a new day.

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Egypt has many historical sites that you can visit and enjoy. Each tour is different and unique. If you go on a Nile cruise, you can visit Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor in the South and enjoy the temples, tombs, and the treasures of the Nile. In the North, enjoy the Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum, Sakkara. Mosques, churches in Cairo, and many landmarks located in the city of Alexandria. On the East, Enjoy a beach tour for diving, snorkeling, and swimming in the Red sea. Every city has its charm, history, and flavor where you can do many tours and activities.

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It usually varies according to the type of tourist trip in Egypt, but the average cost for spending one week in Egypt is 1600 USD including visiting alot of tombs and temples and sailing on a 4 or 5 stars Nile cruise.

Don't drink the tap water - it is highly chlorinated. However, with enough time in Egypt, you could potentially grow accustomed to the water. This doesn't mean that the tap water is polluted, it simply means that you are not used to it, and you might get stomach problems. This happened to most people when they visit a country for the first time. They were simply not used to water there. It's a similar situation here. It is advisable to drink Bottled water during your entire holiday. That is why it is strongly advisable that you don't drink the tap water, and use it only for washing and brushing your teeth.

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It is usually hot and sunny. winter falls between November and January, and the peak of the summer months is between June and August. Winters are generally mild, although temperatures can fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) at night. In the Western Desert. Cairo and areas of the Nile Delta may experience a few rainy days during winter. Summers can be unbearably hot, especially in the desert and other areas of the country's interior. In Cairo, average summer temperatures regularly exceed 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), while the record high for Luxor and Aswan, popular tourist destinations on the banks of the River Nile, is 110 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius).

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There are many things to do in Egypt during your visit depending on your interests and character. Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan Nile cruise must be your first priority if you are a history and culture lover. You must visit the pyramids of Giza, enjoy a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan and enjoy visiting the most important tourist attractions in Luxor and Aswan. You can visit the city of Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Sharm el-Sheikh Red Sea for relaxation and enjoy many activities there such as diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, or swimming. You may like to go on a safari trip in the western desert if you are an adventurer. Many other activities are available in every single Egyptian city

The high season for tourism is all year with winter and spring being peak season for cultural travels with lots of sightseeing. Weather in Egypt is perfect for many kinds of tourism, and if coming in June, July, and August, head for the seaside resorts. Those months are very warm with temperatures that can reach around 45C. and the humidity is about 70 to 80%, but it is bearable with the sea and large swimming pools nearby. So the period of the high summer season is also a bit busy as hotels fill up with tourists from all over the world looking for a bargain, lots of sunshine, diving, snorkeling, etc. It is also a primary vacation time in Europe. If you come in the deep summer season you can still enjoy it because you can always sightsee early in the morning and go again at night when the sunsets. You will definitely need good sunscreen and a lot of liquids to drink with a nice hat on your head. Summer is a good time for people looking for good rates in accommodation and other services.

Egypt is a Muslim country and the dress code is towards the conservative side, especially for women. That being said, we are used to seeing travelers from all over the world. My suggestion would be to wear light clothes and not to wear short shorts, short skirts and alike to avoid the occasional unwanted stare. But it's really up to you. When you visit religious places (synagogues, churches, and mosques) you do need to cover your shoulders and wear over the knee dresses, if you are planning to wear one of course. If you plan to attend the Nile dinner cruise, there is no need for formal wear unless you want to make that night a special night! Also, you will be sharing this experience with other travelers so you can dress however you feel most comfortable.

You can get your visa when you arrive at Cairo Airport. It is an easy process for USA, UK, Canadian, Australian and European citizens. The visa is simply a stamp (like a mail or postage stamp) that you buy from the visa office, at the port of entry just before the immigration booth. The visa will cost you $25 US Dollars and after buying it; you just stick it on any empty page on your passport. Once you have bought your visa you then stand in line to get your passport stamped by the immigration officer. You can also apply for E-Visa via the official electronic visa portal: www.visa2egypt.gov.eg

Your Egypt Tours travel agency recommends two weeks so that you can enjoy the temples and tombs of Luxor and Aswan, explore the sights of Cairo, and relax in the Red Sea islands and nature reserves.

There are many Nile cruises. Not to name one but your choice depends on many things to put in mind such as the number of nights you want to spend on the cruiser, your budget, and the standard of the Nile cruise. We recommend you choose a 5-star luxury Nile cruise, and if you are looking for a private Nile River cruise you can choose Dahabiya cruises, it is only for the small-group tour, about 15 people. Most cruises have. There is another way of cruising the Nile, which is the Felucca boat. It is traditional and charming but it is cheap as long as it will be ok to sleep on the deck exposed to mosquitos and most of these boats do not have a toilet

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