Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
We are on our way to the end of this month and are sailing on the Nile in our papyrus boat towards the source of The Nile. It has been an adventure already and it will become (I hope) even better.
I am already busy with preparing our new list of prompts for September in which I hope to tell you more about the constellations and their mythological meaning and background. I have decided to give this new month of CDHK also a title. Because of our journey through the universe I have decided to give this new month the title "A Space Odyssey" after that well known song of David Bowie.
|Our New CDHK Logo for September 2015|
Ok ... back to the present, the future can wait. Today we have the first of three (regular) prompts in which we will discover why The Nile has three names, Blue Nile, Yellow Nile and White Nile. And the first is Blue Nile. I have asked myself why this name, Blue Nile, is given to The Nile in Ethiopia.
The Blue Nile, ʿAbbay but pronounced Abbai’ is originating at Lake Tana in Ethiopia. With the White Nile, the river becomes one of the two major tributaries of the Nile. The upper course of the river is called the Abbay in Ethiopia, where many regard it as holy. Some Ethiopians have long identified the Blue Nile as the River Gihon mentioned as flowing out of the Garden of Eden in Genesis 2 and "encircling the entire land of Cush".
The Blue Nile is so-called because during flood times, the water current is so high that the river turns almost black (in the local Sudanese language, the word for black is also used for the color blue).
|Credits: Blue Nile Falls|
resonates through the canyon
Blue Nile Falls
What an idea that this part of The Nile is seen as the river Gihon which once was flowing out of the Garden of Eden. It's possible because their have been scientifical projects that stated that the Garden of Eden once was somewhere in Ethiopia. Isn't that great. We are sailing over the river that once was flowing through the Garden of Eden. This must be a mystical experience.
I feel the Garden of Eden
sailing The Nile