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Temple of the WorldSanctuaries, Cults, and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt$
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Miroslav Verner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165634

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165634.001.0001

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Edfu: The Throne of Horus

Edfu: The Throne of Horus

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(p.420) (p.421) (p.422) (p.423) 10 Edfu: The Throne of Horus
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Temple of the World
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Miroslav Verner

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165634.003.0010

The town of Edfu, situated about halfway along the road between Luxor and Aswan, was an important Upper Egyptian religious center and the focus of the worship of the falcon god Horus of Behdet. Throughout the centuries, the ruins of the ancient town have been devastated by the sabakhin-fellahs digging out decayed mudbrick structures to fertilize their fields. Over the centuries several temples were built in Edfu; some of them were demolished or rebuilt during antiquity. The Horus temple in Edfu is a little over 137 meters long, and its main axis is oriented roughly in the northeast direction. Colossal granite statues of the falcon, Horus of Edfu, stood on each side of the entrance.

Keywords:   Edfu, Horus, falcon god, granite statues, Horus temple, festival of Behdet, Seth

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