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RA --> Egyptian: Sacred Alcohol, Female Pharaohs || EARTHQUAKE!!!

so some us just started researching Sacred Alcohol, Female Pharaohs, and ancient Egyptian Summer Solstice rituals, and a 5.9 earthquake went off.

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Female Pharaohs:

MERYT-NEITH (1st Dynasty c.3000 BCE)
Merneith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Merneith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


NITOCRIS (6th Dynasty 2148-44 BCE)
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Nitocris - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


SOBEKNEFERU (Neferusobek) (12th Dynasty ?1767-1759 BCE)
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HATSHEPSUT (18th Dynasty c.1473-1458 BCE)
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Hatshepsut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


NEFERTITI (18th Dynasty c.1336 BCE)
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Nefertiti - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

TWOSRET (Tausert) (19th Dynasty c.1187-1185 BCE)
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CLEOPATRA (c 51 BCE)
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In Ancient Egypt, summer solstice was the most important day of the year. The sun was at its highest and the Nile River was beginning to rise. Inundation of the Nile

Special ceremonies were held to honor the Goddess Isis. Egyptians believed that Isis was mourning for her dead husband, Osiris, and that her tears made the Nile rise and well over.

Accurately predicting the floods was of such vital importance that the appearance of Sirius, which occurs around the time of the summer solstice, was recognized as the beginning of the Egyptian New Year.

In ancient Egyptian mythology, the solar deity Horus defeated his uncle, Set, the Egyptian Lord of darkness and evil at this time of the year. This is linked with rebirth and resurrection. With this victory, divine order and fertility were restored in Egypt and it was thought that this event allowed the Nile floods to come, bringing life back to the Nile valley.

It was the hope of every Pharaoh of Egypt that upon his death he would travel safely through the Duat, the Egyptian afterworld, and "come into the light of day" in the kingdom of Ra, the Sun god, and join with that great god in his solar boat to become one of the imperishable stars. Ra is one of the gods honored at the time of the Summer Solstice along with Horus.
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Heliopolis (Greek: Ἡλίου πόλις or Ἡλιούπολις), meaning sun-city,also known as عين شمس, Ain Shams (literally "Eye of the Sun or Center of the Sun" in Arabic or a slight Change of its Hieroglyphic name "Oon" or "Iunu"). It was one of the most ancient cities of Egypt, in the apex of the Nile Delta, and was capital of the 13th Lower Egyptian nome.

Heliopolis contains the earliest temple obelisk still in its original position. The 68 ft (20.73 m) high red granite Obelisk of Senusret I of the XIIth Dynasty is at Al-Matariyyah part of Heliopolis.[2] It is now in Al-Masalla area of Al-Matariyyah district near Ain Shams district (Heliopolis). It is 67 feet (20 m) tall and weighs 120 tons or 240,000 pounds.


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During the time of the ancient Egyptians, Sirius (the dog star) rose on the Summer Solstice (today it rises August 10) heralding the beginning of their new year, just before the season of the Nile's flooding. Richard Hinckley Allen suggests that the star is connected with the dog because it was thought of by the ancients as the "guardian of the horizon and also the solstices" (Richard Hinckley Allen's Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning). The impact of the sun's journey was one that traversed all the world's population throughout all time.
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Think you can't just walk into the local liquor store to refresh the mini bar in your hotel in Cairo? Think again. Alcoholic beverages, specifically beer and wine, were a staple of the ancient Egyptian diet (though perhaps beer far more than wine). It is said that beer was introduced to the Egyptians by the god Osiris. Some concoctions were, those served to royalty and high officials, were very sophisticated, while the masses mostly drank relatively crude beer. We really do not know if alcohol has been available throughout Egypt's complete history, though in some form it probably has, even during the deepest period of archaic Islamic rule.

During the earlier Christian Period, alcoholic production is certainly evident even in monasteries, were we find a number of wine presses, and certainly after the French invasion, and thereafter into modern times, it has been present.

Perhaps surprisingly, for a Islamic nation, there is considerable production of alcoholic beverages in Egypt these days. Al Ahram Beverages Company has been producing a lot of fine beer, wine, and spirits and these products are even being exported to many European countries.

The real value of Egyptian alcoholic beverages to tourists is that they are much less expensive than imported beverages. Most hotels, and particularly the larger ones, carry a fairly extensive selection of foreign beer, wine and spirits, though certainly not what one might expect in a European or American location. Nevertheless, many of the better known European brands will be stocked but, for example, there will be a vary limited variety of American bourbons, wines and beer. The solution to this is simple. If you are really attached to a specific brand, bring it with you.

Note that this is not really an entertainment guide. Alcoholic beverages, both domestic and imported, may be purchased in many, many hotel and independent bars, pubs, discos and restaurants throughout Egypt.


The products
Beer


Today, there are some brands of beer that have been produced in Egypt for at least 100 years. Today strict laws are put on the production of Egyptian beer by the government. There are those who believe Egyptian beer to be one of the best in the world, because of the fine raw material available for its production in Egypt.

Stella




Stella is the most famous brand of beer in Egypt. It has been manufactured in Egypt since the 19th century and so many Egyptian, and actually many experienced travelers, prefer it to any other kind of beer. One will not find a single bar in Egypt that doesn’t sell Stella or even have the Stella logo on the bar or shop. Stella can even be found in many bars in Europe

There are three varieties of Stella beer. The first, the most famous and beloved, is Stella local with its traditional taste that hasn’t changed for years. At one time, its quality was questionable, and very often variable. However, the quality of this beer has improved considerably since Al Ahram started producing it. It is sold in bottles and in cans.

Alcohol content: 4.5 %
Bitterness: 17 EBU
Height: Bottle 242 mm, Can: 117




The second kind of Stella is Stella export which was added to the production line of Stella. It is a smooth and refreshing beer that has a bit more alcohol, as well as a little higher price tag.

Alcohol content: 5.2 %
Bitterness: 20 EBU
Height: Bottle 242 mm, Can: 117

Finally, there is Stella Premium. It is a wonderful choice for a drinker who prefers strong dark beer with the same wonderful Stella taste. It is only sold in bottles

Alcohol content: 6.4 %
Bitterness: 24 EBU
Height: Bottle 241 mm


Sakara

Sakara is the newest brand of beer in the Egyptian market. It's claim to fame is that it is produced using the best technologies from around the world. Although Sakara is a relatively new brank, it has a good share of the Egyptian market nowadays.

Sakara Beer is only available in one version, which is Sakara Gold. It is well known for its large can.

Alcohol content: 4.0 %
Bitterness: 18 EBU
Height: Bottle 282 mm, Can 170


Meister





Meister is a European brand, but the beers is licensed for, and produced in Egypt. However, it has the European quality and taste. It attracted many drinkers because of this, and its alcohol content which is higher than many of the other beers. It comes in two varieties, the first of which is Meister regular which is a good traditional strong beer with strong flavor.

Alcohol content: 5.2 %
Bitterness: 13 EBU
Height: Bottle 249 mm, Can 117




The second type is Meister Max which is the strongest beer in Egypt, even though it has a very smooth flavor

Alcohol content: 8 %
Bitterness: 20 EBU
Height: Bottle 241 mm, Can 117

The Beer prices in stores range from 5 to 8 pounds with discounts when buying larger amounts. In hotels, and particularly five star hotels, the price may be considerably higher. Wine Wine is known from ancient Egypt from about 2600 BC onward. The Egyptians were the first to record the ingredients and process of manufacturing wine in the period of the pharaohs. Wine was even provided to the deceased in ancient Egypt, and stored in their tombs. In 1882, Nestor Giancils, a Greek man who lived in Egypt at that time, made great efforts to produce wine the way the pharaohs once did. Hence, the first brand of wine produced in Egypt was named Giancils after him. These products are still produced, but with much better quality and technology Giancils types of Wine


Omar Khayyam





This wine was named for a great mathematician and philosopher who loved poetry and women. It is a deep dry wine made from cabernet sauvignon and suitable for beef or pasta meals. The bottle should be presented at room temperature.

Alcohol content: 12.5 %



Cru des Ptolmees





The actual successor to the Pharaonic wine loved by Queen Cleopatra is Cru des Ptolmees. It is a fresh full aromatic wine made of pinot Blanc and should be served cold. It is best served with seafood.

Alcohol content: 12.5 % The price of the bottle of Rubis D' Egypte wine is about 50 pounds with discounts when buying in quantity.


Rubis D' Egypte



This wine has a pretty medium rose color in the glass, this wine has a nose of apples and damp wool. In the mouth it has good acidity with some crabapple flavors mixed with strong alcohol and acetone flavors that careen towards a burning finish.. It is best served cold with Chicken or light salads.

Alcohol content: 12.5 % The price of the bottle of Rubis D' Egypte wine is about 50 pounds with discounts when buying in quantity.


Abarka





Abarka is dedicated to the Christian Copts in Egypt and is consumed by them feast times such as Christmas and Easter. It is a much stronger wine then the others

Alcohol content: 16 %
The prices of Giancils types range from 30 to 35 pounds with discounts when buying large amounts. Again, prices may be considerably higher at tourists hotels. Other types of Giancils style wine include:


Chateau des Reves wine




This is Giancils' premium wine. It is made from a variety of imported grapes from Lebanon. This is a well balanced premium wine. The wine has a medium ruby color in the glass, with a nose of dried cherries and rum. In the mouth it has an undistinguished mouthfeel and watery flavors of stewed plums and figs that actually carries through to a moderate finish. It is one of Egypt's richest and most elegant wine. In fact, a number of foreign specialists also rank this as the best wine in Egypt.

Alcohol content: 13 %
The price of the bottle of Chateau des Reves wine is 60 pounds with discounts when buying in quantity.


Aida





Nestor Giancils discovered a wonderful soil in the heart of the Egyptian desert that is salt free, from which Aida wine is produced. The bottle resembles the champagne in France. It takes its name from the famous Opera Aida that is performed in Egypt every few years

Alcohol content: 12.5 %

The price of an Aida bottle is 62 pounds with discounts when buying larger amounts

Obelisk

Obelisk is another type of wine in Egypt, considered by many to be one of the best. Many Egyptians who enjoy wine consider it to be a work of art in itself. Unfortunately not all foreigner agree with this Egyptian sentiment. The whole production of Obelisk is supervised by a Lebanese oenologist.

Obelisk types

Red Obelisk





The red wine is a dry wine. It is a light ruby in color, but this wine smells has a rather poor smell. In the mouth it is earthy with flavors of wood and leather, and actually has some tannic structure, though thin and watery on the tongue with little to no finish. Nevertheless, a number of foreign wine specialists have ranked this as a good wine.

Alcohol content: 12.5 %

White Obelisk





This wine is a light golden color in the glass with hints of straw, and very light aromas of minerals and parchment.

In the mouth it has some fruit (gooseberry?) flavors which are quickly eclipsed with sharp flavors

Alcohol content: 12.5 %


Rose Obelisk






This dry rose wine has probably garnered the worst reputation among foreigners of any Egyptian wine. Some foreign wine experts have referred to it as nearly undrinkable.

Alcohol content: 12.5 %

The prices of Obelisk range from 29 to 30 pounds a bottle with discounts when buying larger amounts.


Grand Marcus wine

Grand Marcus is a superior table wine. It has a typical French name and label, but is made in Egypt

Red Grand Marcus red wine





The Red variety of Red Grand Marcus wine is said to be manufactured out of the best grapes in Egypt, and then well aged in oak barrels for an extended period of time. A number of foreign wine specialists rank this as one of the best wines in Egypt. Alcohol content: 12.5 %

Red Grand Marcus white wine




This is an elegant wine and with a firm and pleasing taste.

Alcohol content: 12.5 %

Red Grand Marcus rose wine

The Red Grand Marcus rose wine is a fine blind of selected grapes

Alcohol content: 12.5 %

The prices of Grand Marcus red wine is 42 pounds for a bottle with discounts
when buying larger amounts Spirits UDG or the United Distillery Group is a subsidiary of Al Ahram Beverages Company and is considered one of the top companies that produce spirit drinks in Egypt. The company has investmented 80 million pounds in facilities, and has the supervision of Master Distillers in Canada. Their fine quality spirit drinks can be found all over the Egyptian market.


Chill





It is a new ready to drink spirit with the excitement of carbonation. It is basically what Americans would call a wine cooler. This drink is very refreshing and is suitable for all kinds of drinkers and various atmospheres. It comes with three great flavors: Pina Colada, Margarita, and Arak Ice.

Alcohol content: 7 %

The price of a Chill bottle is 7.5 pounds with discounts when buying large amounts


Edge





It is also a ready to drink product that became popular amongst drinkers of all ages. It has a
vodka base with a refreshing taste. It is available in three great flavors:, Cranberry, Lime, and Water Melon

Alcohol content: 7 %
The price of an Edge bottle is 6 pounds with discounts when buying in quantity. ID Vodka

ID Vodka is the flagship of the ID brand and is a premium quality distilled vodka. It has a refreshing balanced taste and the ID bottle comes in a larger size (1000 ml) than Edge and Chill as it is more suitable for a party atmosphere. It comes with four flavors, including normal, pineapple, Citrus, and Vanilla.

The price of an ID bottle is 80 pounds with discounts when buying larger amounts


Auld Stag





This is a fine blended whiskey (Scotch) produced by UDG. It is the best premium whiskey in Egypt. This drink has gained the trust of many middle and high class drinkers in Egypt and nowadays it is being exported to different countries all over the world.


The price of an Auld Stag bottle is 75 pounds with discounts when buying larger amounts


Butler's Gin






This is an original London dry Gin produced by UDG under licenses of William McLeod and Sons, Scotland. Butler's Gin has the typical taste and complex aromas of the English Gin. It is also packaged in a unique eye catching bottle.

The price of an Auld Butler's Gin is 60 pounds with discounts when buying quantities.

Other than these well known brands, there are also some Egyptian imitation of many international brands like Johnny Walker Whiskey or Absolute Fendlandia Vodka for example. These bottles are much less in the price than the above beverages but they also do not have the same quality.
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