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The Ram Temple of Amun at Naga, Sudan (and a Sudanese Watering Hole)

The focus here is on the temple of the ram god Amun in Naga, which is approximately 100 meters in length.

After approaching the Temple of Amun by a major ramp from the west, one passes through an alley of ram statues placed on plinths which is followed by the so-called kiosk, a kind of way-station before the main gateway to the temple.

After this a second ram alley leads to the main gate of the temple building. Originally statuettes of the king Natakamani (who founded this temple at the beginning of the 1st century AD together with his wife queen Amanitore) stood between the forelegs of the ram but all of these have been broken off and seem lost in the past.

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The alley of ram statues:

Ram Temple in Sudan

Ram Temple in Sudan

Inside the Temple of Amun:

Ram Temple in Sudan

Ram Temple in Sudan

Ram Temple in Sudan

Ram Temple in Sudan

Ram Temple in Sudan

Of interest, and right next to the Temple of Amun, is this busy nomadic watering hole:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

Plastic jugs waiting to be filled… Some of the nomads come from days away and have to stock up on a lot of water:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

These men are helping draw the water out of the well:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

The water is 85 meters down:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan next to Aman temple in Naga

Since water is heavy and is so far down in this instance, these donkeys are used to draw it out:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

The donkeys walk to the end of the rope to pull the water out and then return to the well to lower the buckets back down – it’s a continuous circle:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

These canvas “buckets” are what the water is drawn up with and then deposited in these rock-lined holes for the animals to drink from:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

Goats, sheep and donkeys waiting for water in the shade:

Nomadic watering hole in Sudan

4 thoughts on “The Ram Temple of Amun at Naga, Sudan (and a Sudanese Watering Hole)

  1. Pingback: Jebel Barkal and The Cobra Temple of Sudan « The Velvet Rocket

  2. Pingback: Another Nomadic Watering Hole in Sudan « The Velvet Rocket

  3. I have been there with my family but now I can’t find this place on google or apple maps… do you happen to have any coordinates?

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