Week 6 Blog Post

In this week’s blog post I decided to discuss the New Kingdom’s temples. The new kingdom temples were new structures but represented the old traditions through the restoration of the old cults and the construction of new temples for the Egyptian gods. One of the monumental structures included Sety’s temple located in Abydos. This temple was an important cult center for the god Osiris. Osiris was the god who judged all in the afterlife. The temple has the shape of an L and has rooms dedicated to the most important state gods and also important Memphite gods. A second structure that Sety constructed was the tomb used to symbolize Osiris. The sarcophagus rose up from surrounding waters and mimics a mound of creation arising from primeval waters. In addition to Sety’s temple, the temples of Karnak and Luxor were also constructed during the New Kingdom. Resembling Sety’s temple, the temple at Karnak surrounded a single god. The god Amen was the central focus and represented the largest temple in Egypt. In addition to Amen there were also structures found in the Karnak temple that surrounded the Theban triad gods which included Mut and Khonsu, in addition to Amen. These gods had temples within Amen’s temple dedicated to them.  North of Amen’s precinct was a temple dedicated to the cult of the god Montu which was an ancient hawk or falcon god. At the Luxor temple, which was dedicated to Amenope, there were structural representations of the Theban triad of Gods. Structures at Karnak were dismantled later but the standing architecture found at Luxor date to the New Kingdom and represents the most important gods during that time. Columns and triad shrines dedicated to the gods are still found today and represent only some of the structures erected during the New Kingdom.

1 thought on “Week 6 Blog Post

  1. In response to your post, I believe that the New Kingdom’s temples were a good topic choice for a discussion post because of how much symbolic importance was placed on these structures in the ancient Egyptian civilization. You did a good job of informing the reader of how the New Kingdom’s temples were new structures that represented the old traditions through restoration of the old cults and culture of the Egyptian society as well as the construction of new temples for traditional Egyptian gods. Also, I believe that your post was well structured and composed in the way that the main body content portion of the post informed the reader about various temples and what gods they symbolized, what their function was, etc. In my opinion, the section you included about the temple of Amen was very well written. For example, I now know that Amen was the main focus and represented the largest temple in Egypt. Also, the fact that additional gods such as Mut and Khonsu, the Theban triad gods, had temples within the main Amen temple dedicated to them signifies that the gods were worshipped similar the ancient Greek’s religious system where multiple gods, unlike Christianity’s “one true god”, are prayed to and worshiped.

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