Prologue: Under an Egyptian Sun Part I: The Field of Reeds

egypt: keops and kefren sunset

Homage to thee, O RA… Thou art adored.
Thou goest to thy setting in the Seqtet Boat with fair winds, and thy heart is glad…
Thou stridest over the heavens in peace, all thy foes being cast down.
The stars which never rest hymn thee, and the stars which never vanish glorify thee as thou sinkest to rest…
Thou art beautiful at morn and at eve, O thou Living Lord, the Unchanging One, my Lord.
(“Papyrus of Ani”, A Hymn to Ra when he rises on the horizon and when he sets in the Land of Life)

It begins in Egypt.

nile at sunset

The first voyage was up the river Nile. We were a group of four friends in search of artistic and spiritual inspiration, and winter sun. It was the Arab Spring, a time of great hope but also unrest in Egypt. The resulting dearth of visitors was tough on the tourist industry but fortunate for us, allowing us access to the sites without queues or crowds; a rare opportunity to tune into the spirit of Ancient Egypt, where it all began. Continue reading