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Coptic Easter and A Feast in Rural Egypt – Recipes Included

During the years that I spent a good deal of my time working and living in Upper [southern] Egypt while conducting  doctoral research, I was invited by friends in a nearby izba [small, extended family-based village, or hamlet] to join … Continue reading

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Hyenas in History 1 – The 18th Century Explorer James Bruce

Hyenas have been denigrated throughout history.  In literature and lore they are said to be scavengers, cowards – and they are brutish – among other negative attributes.  However, many other animals are associated with these same attributes – but are not considered pariahs as is … Continue reading

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Excursion to the Pyramids of Gizeh, August 25, 1842

The intrepid  global traveller Ida Pfeifer visited the Holy Lands and Egypt  in 1842.  While in Egypt she traveled to Giza and climbed the great pyramid.  Below is a description of her adventure, take from a longer blog on her … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Holy Land by Ida Pfeiffer in 1842

Ida Pfeiffer was one of the most intrepid of Victorian travellers.  In the early to mid part of the 19th century she travelled not only to the Middle East, but also to other areas of the globe.  This entry is about … Continue reading

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Ebony & Adobe: Modern Words that Survive from Ancient Egypt – What, How and Why

Above are but two of a series of words that originated in the Nile Valley.  The reasons for these survivals is perhaps not such a surprise, as discussed below.  Ebony: ‘Ebony’ as named and used in ancient Egypt, was the species … Continue reading

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‘Recipes’ for Treating the Eyes: The Papyrus Ebers & My Opthalmic Shingles

Revised 19-07-2012 Wajet eye.  Source:  Wiki. It has now been two years since my encounter with opthalmic shingles, and while the searing pain has lessened, it is still very much with me.  Earlier this year a doctor from the States was here and … Continue reading

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Amulets and Intermediaries in Egypt and Elsewhere, Pt.2: The Moulid of Deir al-Adra-1

One year (while living and studying in Upper (Southern) Egypt) I was invited by friends living in the small town of Samalut to attend the annual moulid (festival and feast) of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, which took place … Continue reading

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