Ancient History

The Seven Year Famine on an Ancient Stela


On Sehel Island at Aswan Egypt, there is an amazing collection of over 250 rock inscriptions that were carved by priests that tell stories of the long history of the region. Many of the inscriptions are dedicated to the goddess Anukis, a protective and fertility deity and her husband Khnum, a ram-headed creator god who is often shown fashioning the ka (soul) of the king on his potters wheel.

famine-stelaThe most famous inscription on the island is known as The Famine Stela. It is a huge boulder. The inscription tells the story of a terrible seven year famine during the reign of Djoser of the Third Dynasty.

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