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A giant scarab beetle carved from pink granite in front of the Hypostyle hall.

Here's a profiled shot I found.

I have removed some ropes in the sky and bird droppings on the sculpture. In ancient Egyptian religion, the scarab was a symbol of immortality, resurrection, transformation and protection & was much used in funerary art. I was surprised to learn that there are 2,200 scarab species native to Australia. From

"This huge 2 metre high sculpture was dedicated by king Amenhotep III and is located in the north eastern corner of the sacred lake of King Thotmoses III. The statue was very popular in ancient times, as it was believed to be one of the images of the god Ra, and also a symbol of good luck given by the same god. The popularity of the scarab is maintained by the tour guides who save no effort to convince tourists to walk around the statue for certain rounds seeking good luck and success in their life. This is introduced to the tourist by the guides as a wishing chance!!

The tourist makes his wish which could be a fortune, a new born, a handsome husband (boy friend), success, and happiness in general.

For each wish the tourist should turn around the scarab some specific rounds which scarab-blue-icons told by guides, 3 rounds (the least) for a common wish (happiness, success, etc), 7 rounds for an impossible wish (to get cured of hard diseases, get a baby,….etc), 21 rounds for a handsome Egyptian husband, or a beautiful Egyptian wife (guide's joke, but people do walk around it for 21 rounds)." The place was deserted when I was there and I was blissfully unaware of the 'lucky rounds'. Probably clockwise as in some Asian cultures. I doubt I would have made 21 in the blistering 48c heat! The ancient Egyptians saw an analogy between the dung beetle rolling circular piles of dung across the ground, with life appearing from death (larvae hatching), and Amun Re 'rolling' the sun across the sky from east to west and also having power over life and death.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17242 W: 1065 N: 38061] (172436)
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