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The Annual Musical Pilgrimage - The Sacred Marriage!

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The Annual Musical Pilgrimage - The Sacred Marriage!
Het-Heru (Hat-hor) means House of Heru (Horus). In
Egypt, when a man marries, he is housed—he becomes
settled. The temple of Het-Heru’s consort, Heru (Horus)—
in his form as Heru (Horus) Behdety—is at Edfu. Heru
Behdety was described as the Musegate (Musician), who
was the leader of the nine muses.
Het-Heru (Hathor) was/is known as the Mistress of
Dance and the Mistress of Music. Het-Heru (Hathor) is
associated with the seven natural tones of the diatonic
scale and is/was called The Seven Het-Heru. Het-Heru’s
(Hathor’s) most important shrine is located at Dendera.
Each year, there was an immense reciprocal festival,
with pilgrimages to and from the temples at Edfu and
Dendera, and with joyous celebrations.
Both temples were built before the dynastic era (i.e. over
5,000 years ago). They, like other temples in Egypt, were
restored/rebuilt every few centuries, to counter their aging
The annual musical pilgrimage began at Dendera, where
the effigy of Het-Heru (Hathor) would embark each New
Year, south towards Edfu. The effigy of Heru (Horus) would
leave Edfu and head northward. Both would meet at the
halfway point, between Dendera and Edfu. Jointly, they
journeyed to the Edfu temple. After a short stay, the effigy
of Het-Heru (Hathor) would return back to Dendera.
The symbolism of this annual musical pilgrimage relates
to every couple, because Heru (Horus) and Het-Heru
(Hathor) represent the husband and wife—in perfect harmony.
Note: The annual boats and other festivities
are still active camouflaged into Mouled El Qenawi.
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