Ancient Egyptian link to Gregorian Calendar revealed in Tel Basta Museum exhibition

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 11 Jan 2024

Tel Basta Museum in Sharqiya governorate inaugurated Thursday an enthralling exhibition entitled "Wabet Renpet" about the historical link between Ancient Egypt and the Gregorian calendar.

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Visitors to Tel Basta Museum will be transported on a fascinating journey through time to unravel the intricacies of how the Ancient Egyptians navigated the passage of time through the lens of the Gregorian calendar.

Ibrahim Hamdi, the Director-General of Tel Basta Museum, emphasized that the exhibition highlights the agricultural aspects intertwined with the Gregorian calendar, especially during festivities celebrating the Egyptian New Year, or  "Wabet Renpet."

The showcased artefacts portray the symbiotic relationship between the Egyptians, their land, and the annual flooding of the Nile, a vital event associated with rebirth and fertility.
 
Furthermore, the exhibition highlights four meticulously crafted bronze statues from the Late Period of the revered deities Osiris and Isis, integral figures in Ancient Egyptian mythology.
 
The four statues include two of Osiris, the god of the afterlife and a symbol of resurrection and renewal, and two of Isis, the moon goddess, all of which tell a story of devotion and belief, and reflect the intricate cultural practices that defined Ancient Egyptian society.
 
Isis, in particular, is intimately linked with agricultural celebrations, signifying the cyclical nature of life.
 
Tel Basta Museum further provides a series of scientific lectures accompanying the exhibition that delve into the nuances of the Gregorian calendar in Ancient Egypt. 
 

Hamdi pointed out that the current exhibition, which runs until the end of January, not only unveils the mysteries of the past but also underscores the enduring relevance of ancient wisdom in our contemporary lives.

Tel Basta Museum is a site museum that serves as a custodian of Egypt's historical treasures in Sharqiya governorate. Established to raise awareness of the nation's rich heritage, the museum has become a beacon for cultural preservation and education.

 

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