They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?”Our next day (Wednesday) we went across the Nile to the west bank across from Thebes. On the east side they built their cities and palaces. On the west they built their tombs and temples. Just as the sun sets in west and is reborn again in the east every morning, so they would be buried in the west in order to likewise be reborn in the afterlife. I already talked about the pyramids at Giza and other places near Memphis (Cairo) in the north, which carries the same ideas.
|The sun may set in the west, but these hot air balloons were rising as we went to the Valley of the Kings|
Who built these tombs? Not far from the Valley, we visited a place known today as Deir el-Medina. This was where the workmen and foremen who worked on the tombs lived. The foundations of the village are visible today, revealing decent sized homes for the period. Pharaoh would have wanted to keep them happy to not share the secrets of the tombs. From what was found here, we can learn more about the average person’s life in ancient Egypt. One wonders how similar this place was to where the Israelites lived in Egypt. The Israelites lived in the north and this is in the south, but could there have been similarities?
|Deir el-Medina from atop a nearby hill. The village is at the bottom and their tombs are on the hillside opposite.|