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Q&A

Questions:

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Does hotep mean peace?

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I can't go this time, will you be having another trip to Egypt next year?

K.W.
Atlanta

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I have an Ancient Egyptian assignment and I need to know what the item on top of a pharaohs head is. Can you help me?....PLEASE??!! Thanks...

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I have a 14 month god-daughter who is starting to talk and I wanted to know was there an Egyptian name for "godmother"?

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I'm working on a puzzle and I need to know the word for that contraption they carried kings around in. Can you help?

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I love this site and visit regularly. My favourite Pharaoh is Akhenaton. But there are a lot of things that I still don't know about him or his religion. Like how many temples were built to Aton and where? How many children did he have? How many wives did he have?

 
 
Answers:
• Does hotep mean peace?
Hotep is a suffix, generally added to the name of a god, it means pleasing to--Thus, Amunhotep, means pleasing to Amum. This phrase, an appeal to the gods, is now, sometimes, used as a reverent greeting, not unlike calling out, Peace.

Carolyn

• I can't go this time, will you be having another trip to Egypt next year?

K.W.
Atlanta

Dear K.W.

We plan to make Egypt an annual destination, so yes, we're going to Egypt in 2002. It's not too early to start planning. Check your calendar with the job, school, family and friends. Then, use HOTEPseeks to let us know the time of year, the sites on your must-see list, the number of days you'd like to travel and your departure airport--We'll plan around your requirements. Oh, and don't forget to send your day time phone number and mailing address.

Don't meet me there, Beat me there! To Egypt, that is,

Editor

• I have an Ancient Egyptian assignment and I need to know what the item on top of a pharaohs head is. Can you help me?....PLEASE??!! Thanks...
The pharaoh usually wears one of several types of crowns, very often it's the combination red and white crowns, signifying the unification of the Two Lands, the fertile black land around the Nile and the arid red land of the desert. One crown the tall one with a rounded tip, symbolizes Upper Egypt, the red crown, the stiff 'fencing' around the high white crown, that wraps around the head and fits, close at the ears, is the red crown of Lower Egypt. The crown would be graced with a golden ureaus--The cobra and the vulture, also symbols, of Upper and Lower Egypt. I hope this gets you started.

Luck to you,


Carolyn

• I have a 14 month god-daughter who is starting to talk and I wanted to know was there an Egyptian name for "godmother"?
Modern Egyptians don't have the same traditions we have, regarding Godparents--I'm not aware of any ancient references either, but when I got 'adopted' by Egyptian friends, the children called me 'Tante Carolyn'--tante rhymes with auntie, so it should work for you!

Blessings,

Carolyn

• I'm working on a puzzle and I need to know the word for that contraption they carried kings around in. Can you help?
I don't have an Egyptian word for you, but the word you're probably looking for is litter or palanquin ( a more elaborate, covered litter. Both conveyances were carried on the shoulders of bearers.

Hope this helps,

Carolyn

• I love this site and visit regularly. My favourite Pharaoh is Akhenaton. But there are a lot of things that I still don't know about him or his religion. Like how many temples were built to Aton and where? How many children did he have? How many wives did he have?
Hi, Emily!

Glad to find another person fascinated with the Pharaoh Akhenaten, the first person in recorded history to worship a single deity--the first monotheist!

Here are a few facts about this pharaoh: Akhenaten inherited his father's, Amenhotep III, harem and acquired many wives and concubines himself. But, the royal marriages and associations were largely a matter of political alliances. His first love and principal wife was the beautiful Nefertiti. He had multiple temples built to the Aten in his city Akhetaten (Horizon of the sun).
He also commissioned temples throughout the land. Though after his death, his brother, the young Tutankhamun, under the advise of Ay and Horemheb, allowed the those temples
to be destroyed. But, since building materials were regularly recycled into other buildings, many of the temples and statuary were rediscovered in modern times and reassembled.

A great book that catalogues all of the statuary is Pharoahs of the Sun. Another book is Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth, by contemporary Egyptian novelist, Naguib Mahfouz ( I love his Cairo trilogy--three books that earned him the Pulitzer prize). This novel renders a touching look at the paradoxical leader and the conflicting feelings that those closest to him must have held. He is a controversial figure, some claiming that he was a sexual deviant, obsessed with the Sun God. One novelist even claims that he wasn't killed, but actually disappeared into the desert, where he lead a tribe of sun worshippers, took the name of Moses and . . . Well, so much for that. No matter how great the Egyptologist, no one knows. They only know that he believed in one god, loved and at some point became estranged from Nefertiti and he infuriated the powerful priests of Amun, who sought to destroy him. I find him fascinating. They have records of five daughters, they are the only children pictured with him and Nefertiti.

Take care,

Carolyn

 
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