On Sunday, Grant and I decided to ride into the desert to visit temple ruins I'd read about.
|We left at 6h15 and by the time we passed this mosque above the sun was just in the right place for me to get a good image (albeit through the vehicle window)|
|On the road again... (I could get used to this!)|
|We had coffee and choc-chip cookies in the same place on the side of the road where we'd had lunch the week before|
|Apedemak Temple at Naga in the Musawwarat area|
|Lion type statues line the entrance to the Apede-mak Temple at Naga|
A vast religious complex stretching over 5 hectares, Musawwarat's temples were built in the heart of the Sudanese steppe and were once surrounded by courts and gardens.
Naga is located at the side of a wadi, more than 30 km from the Nile. It is a Meroitic town that boasts a series of exceptional temples.
The major god of the region of Meroe was a divinity of local origin, called Apede-mak. He was perhaps a lion form of Amun and was often identified with the moon. He normally took the form of a powerful lion-headed man, dressed in armor. He usually appeared in the reliefs of his temple in a warlike aspect, standing or seated on a throne or on an elephant, grasping prisoners and weapons of war, or holding elephants and lions on leashes. Magnificent temples in his honor were built at every major site in the Butana.
|I wonder, was the temple built using fung shui principles?|
|Close-up detail of the inner murals on the temple of Apedemak Temple|
|Getenet poses for me leaning on the engraved(sacrificial?) block while Grant and Robyn discuss some strange caterpillars on the ground|
|Close up of the pillars in front of the temple|
|I couldn't resist an artistic angle of the temple walls with a paperbark thorn up ahead|
|A Sudanese boy was waiting outside the fenced off enclosure. He told me his donkey's name was Salaam and his name was Rachide. Ever such a polite young man|
|One last view of the temple from a different angle |
|The ground around around the temple in the second ruins is cracked clay. A medieval touch!|
|The temple ruins about 500m from the temple of Apedemak |
At this point blogger is giving me trouble uploading the photos of these temple ruins. Please read next post which is a continuation of this one.
Text source: Internet.
Photos: Mine own!