The words, “completely humbling,” come to mind when I think of my visit to the Rosicrucian Museum and Planetarium in San Jose, California. This is no illusion – look at the flea circus – type experience. In plain English – the Rosicrucian Museum is the real deal. Once I stepped foot on to the museum grounds it was quite evident that the members of the Rosicrucian society really have a passion for ancient Egypt and its culture.
My book, The Road to Dendura, delves into Egyptian magic and culture along with modern day issues teens, tweens and young adults struggle with today. Nonetheless, to see such history brought to life up close and personal further fuels my passion to write. Literally, the Rosicrucian Museum makes you feel like you’re walking back in time – and it is quite a phenomenal experience.
I’ll do my best to highlight some of the exhibits, but if you’re an ancient Egyptian fan like myself – you really need to find a way to visit. You won’t be disappointed. ** For now, I’ll briefly cover only part of the exterior grounds in this blog and in the following blogs building up to the staggering exhibits inside. However, I’d like to do justice to the Museum and therefore, we will be putting up a variety of pictures and descriptions of what they have to offer on the Creed Griffon website in the near future.
Paraded on both sides of the front entrance are criosphinxes, which have the head of a ram and the body of the sphinx/lion. This and the front entrance itself is mirrored after the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Walking down the avenue of sphinxes, up those steps, and being able to touch those pillars was an incredible experience for me. It felt as though at any moment, King Tut himself might stroll by with an entourage of priests, scribes, and servants. I think one of the things that astounds me most is that ancient Egyptians built such massive edifices by using simple mechanisms such as copper and stone based tools, levers, wedges, sleds, and ramps. Oh yes – and a lot of manpower.
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