As regular followers of my blog will know, I don’t often leave the house because of anxiety issues that make it tough for me to be around people, yesterday, however, the weather was so nice that I just had to go outside.
After some thought on what to do and where to go, I settled on visiting Bristol Museum; it’s been a long time since I went to the museum and I was curious as to what they had to see. There are some nice things to be found throughout, unfortunately Bristol Museum is not a big place, it’s really only average in size, and the people who run it seemed to prefer having lots of not very big displays, rather than a few more extensive ones.
Despite that, as I say, there are a few good things to be found, and here’s the pictures I took. Obviously the most important are first and last.
Kuixing 魁星, or the God of Literature and Writing, was the most important deity for ancient scholars. Because the word “kui”, or the champion in the imperial examination, is formed with “gui” (ghost 鬼) and “dou” (the Bid Dipper 斗), ancient painters depicted the God of Literature and Writing as a ghost kicking at the Big Dipper.
Traditionally, the four stars in the bowl of the Big Dipper are called Kuixing, or the stars for the God of Literature and Writer. Wearing animal skin and colorful ribbon, the ghost stands with one foot on a dragon, with a brush in one hand and a gold ingot in another, which means that the God of Literature and writer also sends good fortunes to people. The painting does a good job with the ghost, the dragon’s scales and expression are also attractive.
Lastly we have Dendera Temple
The Temple of Dendara is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. It was known as the “Castle of the Sistrum” or “Pr Hathor”— House of Hathor.
Hathor was the goddess of love, joy, and beauty.
With the exception of its supporting pillars, which had capitals sculpted in the image of Hathor and were defaced by the Christians, the walls, rooms, and roof are complete and extraordinarily well preserved. The stone steps of the spiral staircase are time worn but may still be used to ascend to the roof, where there is a small chapel decorated with Hathor-headed columns.
In ancient times, Dendara was associated with healing. Patients who traveled there for cures were housed in special buildings where they could rest, sleep, and commune with the gods in their dreams. There is something else special about this temple, as well: It bears the name of Cleopatra and her son, whose father was Julius Caesar. It is possible that these celebrated rulers climbed the same stairs and contemplated the same landscape stretching out for miles below.
Today, the place sings with the music of birds. Hundreds of them roost in small cracks and hollows in the walls, seemingly contemplating their own carved likenesses in the hieroglyphic reliefs.
There have been temples on this site ever since the Old Kingdom, but the present temple was begun in the reign of Ptolemy VIII. The building we see today was constructed and added to from about 116 BC to 34 AD.