A Graeco Roman Double temple of Egypt’s Kom Ombo with one side dedicated to the god Sobek (the crocodile god combined with the sun god Re) and the other side to Haroesis (a form of the falcon-headed god Horus the Elder).
Most Ancient temples were dedicated to one single God but Kom Ombo is a rare twin temple constructed with the intention of unifying the followers of the two hugely popular Gods in that era.
The Nile was infested with innumerable ferocious crocodiles, who would lay on the riverbank and devour animals and humans. The ancient Egyptians believed that by honoring the fearsome crocodile as a God, they would be safe from attacks.
In a well within the temple a single sacred crocodile was kept and drinking the water from the well was a purification ritual. After the death of the sacred crocodile, it was mummified and buried with ceremonies which equaled to a King. Many crocodile mummies were discovered while digging for a road construction in 1970 and now well preserved in the Crocodile museum. It was a spooky experience to see the mummified crocs.
This temple also served a civic purpose as a surgical and mental hospital. Several surgical instruments and their usage adorn the outer walls.
After the visit we sailed to Edfu, a small town on route to Luxor. We decided to take a walk around the town late night. The whole street was full of cafes serving tea, hookah and everybody was hooked on to the massive Tv screens watching football. Football truly is a global religion.
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