I’ve finally completed my reconstruction of Hathor’s sacred barge. I stopped working on it for a while because I’d become so familiar with its details I was unable to see its faults. When Returning to it after a few months my were eyes fresh and the work was finished in a few days.
Voyage to the Divine Union Feast
The picture depicts a moment in Hathor’s 106 mile journey from Dendara to the temple of Horus at Edfu, which she did each year to visit her husband Horus at the feast of the Divine Union. Each night the ceremonial barge, carrying the statues of the goddess, would stop off at towns and villages to rest in a barque station (a sort of ancient motel for the gods).
Blessing would have been bestowed on the local community and there would have been a welcoming celebration by the people.