The Bride of the Nile in Ancient Egypt
- 29 Jul 2018 - 29 Jul 2018
- | Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- | Lecture
- | Open For Public
The BA Antiquities Museum is organizing a lecture titled “The Bride of the Nile in Ancient Egypt” on Sunday, 29 July 2018 at 1:00 pm in the BACC Auditorium. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Magda Abdallah, Professor of History and Antiquities of Egypt and the Ancient Near-East, and Head of the History Department at the Faculty of Arts, Kafr El Sheikh University.
She will discuss the significant role that the Nile River played in the lives of ancient Egyptians and its positive impact on their civilization and well-being. The ancient Egyptians took care of the Nile since the dawn of time. They built scales to measure the annual flood, they illustrated it in their inscriptions in the form of the god Hapi, and depicted him carrying food and drinks to a table and laying his feet on the land of Egypt to indicate the good that the river carries to Egypt every year with its flood. The flood was celebrated every year in ancient times and they recorded the celebrations on papyrus. This feast continued throughout the ages and was known as“Wafa’a El Nile” and begins at “night point”, which is the night of 17 June corresponding to the twelfth day of the month of Paoniin the Coptic calendar.
The question is: If the Nile is represented as the god Hapi, then who is his bride that the Egyptians mentioned when the Arabians conquered Egypt?Who is the bride who had to be thrown into the Nile to instigate the floods? The researcher will explain the truth behind the Bride of the Nile in ancient Egypt, according to the ancient illustrations and texts.