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 +Discovered by groups of recent tourists visiting the magnificent 3300-year-old "Great Temple of Seti-I ..?" Abydos is located at the edge of the Western Desert, inland from the Nile, about three hundred miles south of Cairo. It is here to Abydos, long before Seti-I built his unique Temple, that the oldest known religious pilgrimages -- millennia ago -- were inexplicably begun, initially from all over Egypt ... but now literally from all the world!
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 +the legendary "Omm Sety" (right). A remarkable woman in her own right, a former British subject (originally christened Dorothy Eady), Omm Setyís Arabic name (it translates as "​Mother of Seti") was given as a result of her bearing an Egyptian child whom she deliberately named after "Seti, the First"​. For Eady, from the age of four, fervently believed she was in fact the reincarnation of a former Egyptian priestess in service to Seti-I, part of his Great Temple retinue who lived at Abydos during the Nineteenth Dynasty, around 1300 B.C.
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 +In this lifetime, Eady left England for Egypt in 1933 at the age of 29; subsequently married an Egyptian, became "Omm Sety" and an employee of the Egyptian Antiquities Service (editing field notes and archaeological journals), and died at 77 -- after becoming an acknowledged world-class expert on "​Abydos and its Great Temple of Seti-I ..."
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 +Along the way, Omm Sety took up permanent residence in Abydos (in a mud-brick peasant house near the "Great Temple"​) in 1956 -- and remained there (as in her previous incarnation!) with her cats, a goose, a donkey and an occasional snake, assisting archaeologists,​ documentarians,​ visiting dignitaries,​ scientists and countless tourists in getting to know "​her"​ Temple, until her death in 1981. After her departure, none other than Carl Sagan -- that perceived paragon of "​rationalist"​ thinking and hard scientific skepticism -- revealed an unexpected interest in Omm Sety and her "most extraordinary"​ claims, when he wrote the forward to a book on her own controversial life -- "The Search for Omm Sety" -- in 1987.
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 + Her own written works included a last, co-authored volume on this fabled "​Osirian City of the Dead" (with photographs by Hanny El Zeini), titled Abydos: the Holy City of Ancient Egypt (LL Company, Los Angeles, 1981). This lavishly illustrated volume (left) describes in elegant words and stunning pictures the history and archaeology of this remote but unique Egyptian center, the real "​Abydos"​ that Omm Sety truly loved ...
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 +It was in that Abydos where the inexplicable had once again occurred: where a set of provocative,​ highly controversial and illuminating "​glyphs"​ had briefly come to light ... only to be instantly dismissed. Glyphs potentially "​connected"​ now (simply, because of where they were -- in the ceiling of Seti's Great Temple) to the deeper meaning of the already ancient, already profound, already over-arching "​mystery"​ of Abydos itself ... the venerable center for the crucial "Death and Resurrection of Osiris"​ ...
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 +== Reference ==
 +* http://​www.enterprisemission.com/​tombsweb6.html
  
 
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