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One of the 2 rows of rams lining the entrance to the Hypostyle Hall. There are very few nocturnal shots from this location and the sound and laser light show is well worth seeing. The avenue of rams used to stretch all the way to the 'Southern Sanctuary in Luxor' 2km to the south, but much of it has been destroyed over the centuries. "The rams which flank the entrance to the First Pylon of Karnak Temple combine the body of a lion with the head of a ram. The ram was a symbol of the god Amun (Amun Re), the chief deity worshipped in the Great Temple of Karnak. Each sphinx protects, between its forelegs, a standing statue of the king--originally Ramesses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.)." The ram was allegedly a nocturnal or underworld manifestation of Amun Re, one of the main Ancient Egyptian Gods. The sun disc was the diurnal opposite symbol. I have cloned out a couple of bg cranes that were poking up above the heads of the rams.

Source: https://www.memphis.edu/egypt/resources/colortour/luxor5.php#:~:text=The%20ram%20was%20a%20symbol,King%20Taharqa%20at%20Karnak%20Temple.

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