Hathor is a goddess of many things within the ancient Egyptian story. She was known as “The Lady of the West” (the sun sets in the west); so the protector of the dead.

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But also Hathor was a maternal figure and often portrayed as the Divine Mother of the reigning pharaoh.

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Moreover Hathor was also the babe of love and sensual pleasures, and of music and dancing.

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In sea of pillars. Note the single intact Hathor face (top-right) the rest had been defaced by early-Christians, as it later served as a church.

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Pass that opium pipe (?) Outer wall sculpture that reminded me of Angkor Wat finery in Cambodia.

But to the everyday people, Hathor was known by a range of titles: “The Golden One”, “She of the Beautiful Hair” and as “The Lady of Drunkenness”, for the joyful swirl of intoxication was part of her worship.

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Apparently, carving of Cleopatra + son on the rear exterior wall.

Let me say now, it was a sober day. Hellishly hot. No beer in sight.

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In the innner crypt walls – a real crawl down a gap into a passage to this tomb at the rear of the temple – shown by gate-keeper. The famous “lightbulb” carving; did they have electricity ?

The Hathor temple at Dendara is well-preserved. Intact stone roofs. Carved pillars. Painted ceilings. For me, jaw-dropping. Intense. Overwhelming. In love.

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Got dizzy looking up – trying to photograph this awesome ceiling art

This gorgeous temple was constructed during the late Ptolemaic period and completed during Roman-occupied times. Unlike many (older) Egyptian monuments, she’s had close-to-zero reconstructive surgery.

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Ceiling mural / sculpture close-up at Hathor temple in Dendara – Egypt.

So at about 2000 years of age, Dendara’s Hathor temple is still a stunner.

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Walking back from the temple in the countryside in the searing mid-day with an elderly villager (who was partially blind) on route to a road to hitch back to Qena mini-bus station, to then get to Luxor.