Temple of Apis

 


Temple of Apis


Temple of Apis


  • The unique Temple of Apis in Memphis was discovered by chance by the Egyptian Egyptologist Ahmed Badawi in 1941.
  • This temple is the only and unique of its kind not in Egypt, but in the whole world.
  • The sacred animals of the pharaohs occupied a great position, as they respected it in their lives  and they honored them after death by mummifying.
  • It was believed that the god "Ptah" was incarnated in the form of the calf Apis to answer the prayers of the askers.
  • But this bull must have specific characteristics, including its dark black colour, and has what looks like an eagle on its back is white, under its tongue is a scarab, on its forehead a triangular white marker, and its tail has two tufts.
  • A special site was devoted to him for living, which was called the Holy Shed.
  • The rituals of burial and mummification of the Apis bull were exactly like the rituals of burial and mummification of kings exactly, this indicates the importance of this deity to the ancient Egyptian.
  • In this place there are five embalming tables, the size of these tables are very large to fit with the mummification of the body of the deceased calf.
  • The huge stone mummification tables of the calf and its internal organs are still in their original place there.

Temple of Apis

  • It was made from Alabaster.

  • Some of these tables have a gutter to drain the fluids that collect during the mummification process.

Reference

  • https://www.ancient.eu/article/44/mummification-in-ancient-egypt/
  • https://www.egypt-monuments1.website/2020/11/the-miracle-of-mummification.html
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apis_(deity).
  • https://www.egypt-monuments1.website/2020/10/memphis-museum.html

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