This paper intends to respond to a fundamental question: how did the ancient Egyptians sacralize the space in which they inscribed their identity and therefore recognized themselves? Our main topic will be the sacralization of space in the Nilotic civilization, more speci cally the aquatic and terrestrial space(s). We shall regard the concept of Space in a broader sense, in which we refer the aquatic surfaces and the land–based layer and not to a particular space, such as «the house» (pr) or «the temple» (r-pr). Hence, we shall try to comprehend how the Egyptians felt and narrated their sacred space. Thus the spatial reality will be addressed, primarily in its constructive ability of building a people’s identity, mainly focusing on two texts: the Great Hymn to the Nile, and the Tale of Sinuhe, concisely presenting a theoretical framework.
|Conference||Environment & Religion in Ancient & Coptic Egypt: Sensing the Cosmos Through the Eyes of the Divine|
|Period||1/02/17 → 3/02/17|