Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My infatuation with the obelisk


The obelisk symbolized the sun god Ra and was said to be a petrified ray of Aten, the sun disk. It was also thought that the god existed within the structure. I am drawn to the obelisk for its simplicity of form and for the associations the the astronomical phenomena connected with sunrise and sunset: the zodiacal light and sun pillars.

1 comment:

Pheepster said...

I saw some work on the construction of ancient obelisks (or is it obeli?)... really impressive engineering.

Perhaps your interest was influenced by your marathon sessions playing "Age of Mythology" on my computer.