Ever since last year I’ve been trying to find an affordable copy of the book ‘The Anubieion at Saqqara vol. I – The Settlement and the Temple Precinct’, a survey of the site by D.G Jeffreys and H.S. Smith.
A new copy on the EES shop site is priced at £60. Which is incredibly expensive for me at the moment. So while I was looking on there the other week I casually entered the title on good old Google and came up with a search result of a used copy on Amazon priced at … a few pennies over £10 plus shipping (in VERY good condition as well, looks like it’s barely been touched!). So I ordered it and it did arrive the next day but since it was a Saturday morning I assume the mail man didn’t bother ringing the bell or we were all so sleepy that no one heard the bell ring so he just left a slip note. I got it from the mail delivery office on the Monday and ever since I’ve been in complete bliss!
So I make myself a cup of Earl Grey, get my pencil and my notebook and study. And study some more. And I’m happy. So happy I feel like doing my happy dance. Funny thing, right after I clicked the ‘order’ button I looked at His image on my altar and said ‘This was YOUR doing, wasn’t it? THANK YOUUUU!’ with a big happy grin on my face. So yes, thanks were needed
Now, there’s a volume two of this book, ‘The Anubieion at Saqqara vol. II – The Cemeteries’ by Lisa L. Giddy, which I hope to get later this year, but for now I’m completely happy. [I've also read somewhere a volume III is planned as well]
I did have the thought at one point… ‘I was at Saqqara… why did I know so little back then?’ Or maybe it wasn’t that, maybe it was just the excitement of being allowed in the pyramid of Unas* and stare in wonder and awe at the Pyramid Texts inscribed all over. Maybe it was my young age (I was 21 at the time) or I was easily dazed. Or maybe Saqqara is such an impressive site that you can’t really take it all in during just one visit. I remember the feeling of being overwhelmed by the long history and beauty of that place and there’s this feeling of longing to go back. Don’t worry, my beloved Egypt, I will come back to see you again soon. I’ve always loved you, ever since I can remember. And always will.
[*It was a university 'road trip' of sorts for study purposes, this is why the handful of students who went, including myself, were allowed to go in certain places, which at the time were off limits for tourists.]
So the ‘Anubieion at Saqqara’ it is! For a few more weeks at least. Not to mention it’s a reference resource so it will always be cherished in my little book collection.
So thank you, Anubis! Thank you
P.S. I’m filing this under ‘Devotionals’ among others because I have always considered part of my devotional work to acquire and study as much material and explore as many resources as possible on the given subject. To me, it’s an ongoing devotional work.