Category Archives: Coptic

Coptic Easter and A Feast in Rural Egypt – Recipes Included

With Easter upon us, I’m sharing my blog about the holiday in Upper [southern] Egypt: 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 … Continue reading

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Baking Holy Bread in the Coptic Monasteries of the Eastern Desert of Egypt [qurban; ‘urban]

,, Bread was the central element of cuisine and daily nourishment in Ancient Egypt, from the very poorest through the nobility. Today, bread is commonly known as ‘aysh in Egypt, meaning ‘life’ in Arabic.  In the Old Kingdom, so-called rectangular slab stelae regularly picture … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Coptic Murals in the Monastery of Surian in Egypt Revealed

Originally posted on ON COPTIC NATIONALISM في القومية القبطية:
One of the beautiful murals revealed at Deir Al-Surian in Wadi Al-Natrun in Egypt ? I would like to draw your attention to this important project of restoration by the Levantine Foundation. Start with…

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How did Ancient Egyptians Keep Warm in The Winter? – A possible answer

A question that’s nagged me for a long time – how did the ancient Egyptians keep WARM?! Egypt is quite cold in the winter months, and certainly folks did not go about wearing flimsy linen garb as shown in tomb paintings … 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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Graeco-Roman Mummy Portraits, Coptic Papyri, and Paintings of Fathi Hassan

Graeco-Roman Mummy Portraits Coptic Papyri, and paintings by Fathi Hassan go on show at the John Rylands Library 18 Jul 2012 Ten remarkable mummy portraits from one of the world’s greatest collections are to go on show, as part of a ground-breaking exhibition … Continue reading

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