I found this really interesting article on how the Ancient Egypt might have obtained iron before everyone else and the speculated origin of the iron is from space. Apparently, meteors fell nearby Egypt in antiquity and that is how they obtained iron, it was from the stone meteorite which then would be molded into jewelry. The jewelry was essentially for the pharaoh because of its sacred value, they believed that meteors were body parts of a god.
There are several skeptics but there are also specialist like Johnson who want to look further into the iron (meteorite) jewelry of Ancient Egyptians.
I was at a convention this past weekend and I was invited to join in on a game that my daughter kicked butt on last year. Little did I realize that my daughter was being taught the beauty of Gambling and Drinking in this game. Needless to say, I had fun while playing this game but I wasn’t thrilled that she learned these “much” needed skills for this game.
This inspired me for this weeks blog discussion. I was intrigued to find out about this history of Gaming during the times of Ancient Egypt.The dictionary definition of Gambling is to bet on an uncertain outcome for a sum of money. This is more often the case for men than for women. Also, this is the case for young men as well.
Did you know that gaming has been around for about 40,000 years? Thats’ right folks, Cavemen were gamblers and they often used pieces of sheep bone for dice. There was even mention of Ivory of dice in Ancient Egypt at about 1500 BC in Thebes. The plates that were found in the Great Pyramid of Khufu had inscriptions about dice. Pharaohs were often buried with “crooked” dice. Need loaded dice? Well thats right, Pharaohs had them.
In Ancient Assyria, gaming was abundant and a game board was found there that was similar to that of Backgammon. Ancient Egyptian game boards were similar in style and make. Also, these were used in Mesopotamia.
Gives you something to consider, the next time you sit down to play a round of cards.
Thermal shift the cause for no more pyramids?
In the article by the Huffington post, they cover Peter James’s theory of thermal shift in ancient Egypt and as a possible cause for as to why there would be no more pyramids built. Apparently, its discussed that the of increase of temperature in Egypt’s hot desserts caused the bricks to constrict and then crack. its still a theory but apperently its being considered by some.
Prosthetics in Ancient Egypt
In this article by NBC, they cover the advancement of science that ancient egyptians had in order to make prosthetic toes. Its interesting because they were carved out of wood and would be straped on to the foot. Also how embalmers took the time to recreate the body so that the person may have those missing limbs in the afterlife.
For the love of Gods!
I am rather amused by Polytheism. I often wonder where the people come up with the names and purposes of the Gods, at. I have found that the Egyptians have a God or Goddess for nearly everything, including innundation. I am tickled pink that they have a God named Hapy. I read it as “Happy.” But you get the point. The god who helps with the Floods. Im sure they prayed a bunch to him and sacrificed offerings. Also, there is the God Nut. Who is the Mother of Osiris and Isis, who are major Gods. It makes you wonder how much is inspired from other societies and where it comes from in general.
A sexual ritual in an Ancient Egypt festival?
This is an interesting article by LA times that goes inside a ritual that involved sex and a lot of beer that was performed during the festival of drunkeness that honored of the goddess Hathor. Apparently, the rituals took place twice a year at home, at temples, and in shrines. The festival was a communal event where everyone participated and were organized and led by priests.
One of the Pharaohs we discussed today in class was Hatshepsut.She claimed the right of Pharaoh and leader. She claimed not only the right as the daughter to the former Pharaoh, but also supposedly by relation of a God. She was the only child born to the Egyptian king Thutmose I by his primary wife and queen, Ahmose, Hatshepsut was expected to be queen. After the death of her father at age 12, Hatsheput married her half-brother Thutmose II, whose mother was a lesser wife. This was of course a common practice meant to ensure the purity of the royal bloodline.( a little Game of Thrones like, in my book) During the reign of Thutmose II, Hatshepsut assumed the traditional role of queen and primary wife. While she claimed the right of Pharaoh after her husband died, her step son was supposed to take over when he was a bit older. She was very sneaky in her way of getting her followers to do as she commanded, so as to not be booted out of her throne. She built many monuments and statues. However when she was portrayed, she had a body of a male ruler, so that she could be truly pharaoh throughout history. However, when her reign was finally through due to her death, her step son came into power and attempted to eradicate every trace of the former Pharaoh, his step mother. No, he wasn’t mad at all! He even de-faced her royal image on the statues. – CL