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Common Myths of Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs

April 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 169

The Pharaohs of Egypt were exceptional people. Their legacy is still visible and not even the rain or wind could erase a history a few thousands of years old. Still there are myths about them that is hard top swallow.

Pharaohs Were Gods

In the Cairo Museum, you can see the mummy of a few Pharaohs but in particular, you can see the mummy of Ramesses the Great or the II. This Pharaoh had many wives and more children. Near the Aswan Dam, you can see the massive statues of this great man. He died when he was already 90 years of age.

His memorial temple the Ramesseum on the side of Thebes was built on a scale unlike almost anything before. In the third year of his reign, Ramesses started the most ambitious building project after the pyramids that were built 1,500 years earlier. In 1255 BC Ramesses and his queen Nefertari had travelled into Nubia to inaugurate a new temple, the great Abu Simbel.

He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian Empire. Yet his lifeless body is in a museum. There is no evidence that any of the Pharaohs did indeed rise from the tombs.

The Pharaohs Curse

There is the belief that the Pharaohs could put a curse on anyone entering their tombs after death. However, Carter was the only western man to find a sealed tomb. All the others were open, the treasure looted. Still what about the curse? After they entered the tomb of King Tut, a few of the men involved in the project, including Carter himself died unexpectedly and thus the theory of the curse remained.

Aliens

The third myth is that the Pharaohs were not from Africa but from somewhere far away. They were from another planet if you can believe Alien followers. The story is that the Pharaohs looked different and the fact that the Pharaoh Akhenaton had a longish shaped head places him in the centre of the Alien theory. The fact that science proved he had a physiological defect will never stop this theory.

Conclusion

The Pharaohs of Egypt were exceptional men and looking at Egypt today one can see why the theory that they were not Egyptians could be true. But then again you need faith to believe they were gods, that they were aliens, or that they could rule from the grave. Why they were so successful and how they managed to create such a remarkable empire is a mystery that died with them while the myths about them lives on.

Leon Steyn is interested in Astronomy, Archaeology, Religion, Anthropology, Ancient Cultures, Spirituality and Writing fiction and non-fiction. Have a look at how he incorporated these topics in his spiritual fiction online e-book Ozymandeus or email him at ozyman@go.to for more detail.

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