9/50.- Luxor, Luxor Temple, sex in the temple?
The main purpose of the Luxor Temple was to witness the transformation
of the pharaoh into a divine being. Initially, during the 18th
dynasty (1550-1319), the Opet festivals
lasted eleven days, but a a few centuries later, during the
20th dynasty, the festivals lasted more than 27 days. A procession
of images traveled from Karnak (first on the road, and later
on boats) to the Luxor Temple. Locals could ask favors to these
divine images during the trip. In the temple crowds witnessed
how the pharaoh's Ka (his divine essence) and the pharaoh itself
Currently a similar festival takes
place, the "Feast of the Muslim Holy Man Sheikh Yusuf al-Haggag",
whose boat is carried about Luxor amid popular celebration.
I am not sure of the meaning of the relief in the photo, but I think it has something to do with the pharaoh's divine "powers" ...
We will end the visit to this temple here. We will now visit the
city of Luxor and later we will take
a look at the other big temple in town: Karnak ...