History of the Nile River

  • The Long Life of the Nile as a religious case of Ancient Egypt

As a part of the ancient pharaohs’ interests in religious life and their insistence on creating many gods and goddesses for physical elements.

They honored the Nile River by creating Sobek “God of the Nile” or was named “God of Crocodile” The god of a man with a crocodile head represented fertility, wetlands, medicine, and sudden death and the Nile River is regarded to be the sweat of Sobek.

Another God related to the Nile in Ancient Egypt is “Hapy” it’s called “Lord of the River Bringing Vegetation” or “Lord of the Fish and Birds of the Marshes” the god of yearly floods of the Nile which greatly controlled the water level, symbolized fertility.

The overflows carried rich silt to the lands of the Nile Valley to cultivate crops.

Another role the Nile played in ancient Egyptian life was to divide the ancient calendar into three seasons, each one consisting of four months, “Akhet” represents the flood season when the Nile overflowed. It Peret is the growing season when the soil is fertile by Nile silt, and Shemw symbolizes the harvest season at times of drought.

  • An actual glimpse of the agricultural role of the Nile River

As the Nile River was the best way to record the ancient Egyptian civilization in history, it’s also the holy secret of success in other fields.

Cultivation was the first activity that formed the pillars of the Egyptian empire. When the Nile River flooded, the water level rose, carrying the wealthy silt deposits and overflowing the valley’s lands, making them more fertile.

The ancient Egyptians took advantage of the flood season to grow crops for their sustenance. After that, they resorted to depending on domestic animals in their life to help them in agriculture work.

These animals had taken the Nile River as their permanent refuge where they found the Nile waters.

On the other side, the Nile was the causeway for people and goods, especially among the countries of the Nile Basin. In earlier times, the ancient used primitive boats of wood to exchange wares and merchandise through the Nile till they now use large ships. These exchanges made economic progress, resulting in the sublime Nile River.

  • Where is the Nile River located?

The Nile in Egypt extends from the northern limits of Lake Nasser in Aswan to the north of Cairo where the Nile is divided into the Nile Delta into two branches: The Damietta branch and The Rosetta Branch. The Nile River is the longest in the world, stretching for 6853 km in the northeast of Africa.

The word “Nile” was derived from two words, “Neilos” a Greek word spell Valley, and the Latin word “Nilus”. The Nile River is the waterway that links the countries of the Nile Basin that covers 11 African countries: “Uganda, Eritrea, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt“.

The Nile is the main water source in all these countries its water is pumped from two rivers, the White Nile, the major stream that starts from the Great Lakes in Central Africa. The Blue Nile, the primary springhead of ninety percent of water and silt that flows at Lake Tana in Ethiopia and the two rivers join together in northern Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Nevertheless, Lake Victoria is still regarded as the most essential source of the Nile River.

  • Don’t miss sailing the Eternals River on luxury Nile cruises

As mentioned in advance, the ancient Egyptians settled down and raised their civilization on the banks of the Nile River.  Thus, most of Egypt’s historical destinations lie on the Nile shores, especially in Upper Egypt. Accordingly, travel agencies in Egypt and trip planners in Egypt tend to make use of the phenomenal geographic location of the Nile.

It’s overlooking the extraordinary sightseeing to make it a part of their Egypt tour packages in and around Luxor and Aswan. They add an option to see Luxor, and Aswan’s spectacular landmarks on board the Nile cruise where to discover both ancient and modern Egypt.

This awesome waterway is the best way to witness many more of the timeless pharaonic temples and tombs, Karnak Temples, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel Temple, and the three majestic temples of Philae, Edfu, and Kom-Ombo which directly overlook the Nile stream.

On onboard the cruise, tourists can do many activities, have fresh food and drinks, listen to music and dance, relax in deluxe swimming pools, and also massage sessions are available with the best service ever.

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