Monday, August 10, 2015

Ancient Egypt this week - Who's heard of Medjed or unwrapped a mummy?

The Obscure Egyptian God Medjed and His Bizarre Afterlife on the Japanese Internet

The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian text describing the passage of departed souls into the afterlife and listing the spells they must recite to proceed through Duat (the Realm of the Dead). In Spell 17, the god Medjed is mentioned: "I know the name of that Smiter among them, who belongs to the House of Osiris, who shoots with his eye, yet is unseen." He is not referred to in any other context.

Hotelier in Egyptian town of Abydos holds dear Temple of Seti I's powers

ABYDOS, Egypt — The ancient Temple of Seti I is slightly elevated above this sleepy farming town backed by mountains.

Antiquity Imagined: The Remarkable Legacy of Egypt and the Ancient Near East

Robin Derricourt’s book explores how Egypt’s past has been creatively interpreted by later ages and shows in depth how ancient Egypt and the surrounding lands have so continuously and seductively tantalised the Western imagination. Readers in the US, it is available on Amazon. I know this because I ordered it.

The Egyptian Room in Sydney
There's an Egyptian Room inside the Petersham Masonic Centre on New Canterbury Road, a room lavishly decorated with images from Egyptian mythology.The exterior is a brick office building, a neat box that attracts no attention.One night a year, on the second Friday in November, the Egyptian Room is open to the public.

I want to go back to Sydney. On the second Friday. In November.

The Unwrapping of a Mummy at Edgeworth Manor House

In the autumn of 1851, Edmund Hopkinson (1787-1869), the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, issued invitations to an eclectic mix of guests to his mansion, Edgeworth Manor in Stroud.  Scientists, doctors, chemists, and a scattering of Hopkinson’s friends, were promised a sumptuous dinner; but first they were to be treated to a very special late afternoon entertainment, for Hopkinson was in possession of an Egyptian mummy which he had chosen that day to unwrap.  Hopkinson was neither a collector nor had he acquired the mummy as a souvenir, both of which were the usual methods of owning such an antiquity.   Instead, it’s journey to Edgeworth Manor came via a succession of owners, each enjoying the artefact for its curiosity value.

Underwater treasures to be exhibited for the first time in Paris
More than 290 artefactsArtefacts discovered amid submerged ruins of cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus are part of an exhibition titled Osiris, Sunken Mysteries of Egypt. It will be staged at the Arab World Institute in Paris – headed by Jack Lang, France’s former minister of culture – from 8 September until 31 January. Here's another article on the exhibit.

I NEED to go to Paris again. :-)

Imhotep: Polymath of Humanity and Egypt

“We must come to the land of the Nile for the origin of many of man’s most distinctive and highly cherished beliefs,” Sir William Osler.

This quote was said to pay attention to the contributions of the Egyptian scientist Imhotep, who is considered by historians to be humanity’s first polymath. He was a physician, astronomer, engineer, theologian, sage, vizier and chief minister of the Egyptian king Djoser, the second king of Egypt’s 3rd dynasty.

Ancient Egyptians  received medical treatment and paid sick leave

Many of us consider national health services as relatively new innovations of the 20th century, but they appear to have much older origins.
Ancient texts uncovered among the human remains of an Egyptian village suggest workers from the New Kingdom had their own version of a state-supported health care.

Links between Ancient Egypt and the Grand Canyon

It's mostly a naming thing, and other mythologies are mentioned, but still an interesting video. Read this article for more on the hoax mentioned in the video.

Amazing Egyptian Discoveries Image Gallery

Live Science shows images of some of the most amazing finds of ancient Egypt. (I realize this MIGHT be subjective.) And while we're on this topic. . . .

13 Things that Egyptians Were the First to Create 

Egypt has a glorious past, it’s people descended from a civilization that was once the most intellectually and technologically advanced in the world. Because we all sometimes need a reminder, here’s a quick round-up of successful inventions that were created by Egyptians before any other civilization. Toothbrush, breath mints, and high heels. . . I'm in.