Luxor and Aswan-Egyptian Mythology Trail Luxor/Aswan-Egypt
Be it Greek, Roman, Indian or Egyptian, mythology appeals to many people and is a hot topic for discussion. With numerous fictional publications, mythology today gets the tagline of a unique genre. So is Egyptian mythology which has its uniqueness and charm. Furthermore, the bazaars, souks and the culture found in here is sure to fascinate you!
Many unique mythologies?
Predominantly, Egypt is an Islamic country with a strong Christian influence. Cities like Cairo, Giza and other central cities are dotted with old mosques, Coptic monasteries, and cave churches. This forms the main mythological framework followed by modern-day Egyptians. Islam and Christianity in Egypt too vast to be focussed intricately in one single blog, but to our liking Ancient Egyptian mythology is what must be highlighted. Many of us are fascinated by hearing about the Great Egyptian Gods, the mummies, and the mysterious pharaohs. This side of Egypt is often away from the limelight due to hustle and bustle present in Cairo.
Luxor and Aswan, the seat of the mighty?
Two cities that come in my mind upon hearing about Egyptian mythology are the Luxor and Aswan. Situated on the banks of the holy Nile, these cities are home to a plethora of temple complexes and mythological stories. As the cruise sails from the Aswan to Luxor, one can witness the austerity, serenity, and bliss along the Nile. En route, small Egyptian villages, architectural establishments, and lush plantations welcome you. Keeping this bliss aside, the main highlight of Aswan is its soaring perfume industry. Be it Zara or Channel, the perfumes in Aswan will beat all of them. Moreover, many merchants claim that big brands have contracts with local perfume dealers.
As I entered a perfume mart, I was overwhelmed by the aroma of pure essence. The demonstration of perfume creation was pleasing and enlightening. Besides, small bazaars, souks, and some temples. The bazaars are vibrant with friendly merchants selling their wares. The soothing aromas of incense and sandalwood slide are enough to make my mind calm. The chaos and commotion are much needed to make these places livelier. Tourists often tip these merchants due to their persistent guidance and kindness in selling their Beware, one can get cheated by the clever horsemen who offer low prices, and suddenly raise them at the end. Aswan also houses the Temple of Philae, which is popular for the mythological tale concerning the isis, an Egyptian Goddess. Overlooking the Nile, this temple is architecturally appealing as it is attributed by tall standing columns and pictorial carvings. It is often said that this is inspired by the Greek style of buildings. There are organised tours to these temples covering all important sites. You can check them here.
Luxor is unique in its way. From expensive gem-studded beautiful papyrus paintings to cheap alabaster statues depicting the pharaohs, Luxor can be a heaven for souvenir enthusiasts. From my first glimpse of Luxor, it seems as if the city lies in the laps of the mighty Gods. Luxor lies at the decent of the enormous valley of kings. Various temple columns are erected in the town portraying its close association with ancient mythology. Out of all, the largest temple in entire Egypt, the Karnak temple complex, is also situated here. The expansive area describes the whole of Egyptian mythology in brief. Remember to visit a small lakeside café in the Karnak temple for some fresh breeze.
To sum everything up, we can say that Luxor and Aswan form the roots of this fantastic wonderland called Egypt. They are the real tourist magnets alongside the great pyramids. Thanks to the plentiful religious and cultural openings, today’s Egypt economy is thriving to serve its people well.