Life is a tapestry made of intriguing threads, and hidden in the ancient Egyptian sands are many puzzles just waiting to be unraveled. In the hopes that one day, should you find yourself in Egypt, you will also be able to experience their appeal, I am here to share some of these incredible mysteries and ancient legends.
I’m not trying to push you into believing these stories or even make you read them. But for me personally, they add a bit of spice to life and make visiting the temples and monuments much more meaningful than listening to just the dry facts of when such and such a place was built etc.
If you choose to stay at Mara House in Luxor or engage one of our entertaining tours in Cairo or our tours in Luxor, we’ll do our best to share these interesting tales with you. Understanding the Egyptian Creation Story and the story of Isis & Osiris, the Goddess of Love and the God of the Underworld, serves as a favorable introduction for those visiting Egypt’s magnificent temples for the first time.
We’re all about scientific facts and demanding proof for everything nowadays. We have come to relegate the legends and stories passed down through the centuries as mere myths and do not count them as history – we describe those times as prehistoric. Yet, we are eager and willing to accept the Holy Books such as the Bible, Koran and Talmud as historical fact and follow their contents blindly and without question…… strange how we have grown accustomed to allowing others to choose and determine what is fact and what is fiction for us.
They say “there is no smoke without a fire” and in every story, legend, fairytale and myth we tell to our children – there just might be some grains of truth. Embracing an open mind, we can unlock a realm of wonder, magic, and boundless possibilities. When we take in these stories and dwell on the possibility of there being some factual truth therein, and when we listen and explore with an open, enquiring mind it is sometimes surprising how many dots we can join together, how many stories from different cultures on different sides of the globe are fraught with similarities – and how connected they can be to our own personal truths and inner beings.
For me, the temples, tombs, edifices, and monuments of Egypt, and indeed anywhere else, hold little significance without the captivating stories and legends that breathe life into them. It is my sincere hope that you will delve into these narratives, explore their depths, and relish the stories I share with you, as we embark on a journey of imagination and discovery together.
STORIES OF THE GAYER ANDERSON HOUSE
- House of the Cretan Woman – Gayer Anderson
- Agha Saleem – his foolish wife and lost treasure
- Face of True Love
- Ibn Tulun Mosque & Noah’s Ark
- King of the Djinns (Geniis)
- The Benevolent Serpent of Beit Al-Kreitlia