PHARAOHS – MUMMIFIED FOR THE AFTERLIFE.

It is well known and well documented that the Ancient Egyptians mummified their pharaohs in preparation for the afterlife. The process, including 40 days of soaking the body in natron, could take up to 70 days before it was ready to be wrapped with thin strips of linen, the last step before being placed in an elaborate coffin.IMG_7976 (2)

In many museums, as in the Mammy Room in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the shrunken and dark bodies of dead pharaohs are devoid of any clothing or wrappings. A cloth covers them partly because, as one guide told us, many people were uncomfortable seeing the naked, dried-up, often twisted forms of what once was a human being.

But in the British Museum, which has a beautiful and large collection of Egyptian artifacts, (if you love Egypt don’t miss it when  you go to London) there are mummies still wrapped in narrow linen strips. These photos I took on my last visit will show how artfully it was done, and one can marble at how well-preserved they are after thousand of years. The tree resin or sap they used to hold the strips stay in place certainly helped.

The golden figures are charms called amulets, often hidden between the strips to protect from evil

The golden figures are charms called amulets, often hidden between the strips to protect from evil

 

 

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One can’t help but to be reminded of bandages and rightly so, because that what they are!

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – WHAT UNITS US?

It has no nationality or country but speaks the same language – it’s called the iPhone!

During a visit to Buckingham Palace in London

During a visit to Buckingham Palace in London

 

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EGYPT’S LOST WORLDS – PART TWO

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When a month ago I was telling you how excited I was to go and visit  the exhibition at the British Museum of Egypt’s sunken cities, I can now say that I was not disappointed, but blown away by what I saw.

Over the last 20 years a team of marine archaeologists, led my Frank Goddio have explored the submerged land off the Mediterranean coast, discovering the ancient cities  of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. And some of their finds are shown for the first time in UK.

The exhibition space was dimly lit with spot lights illuminating the artifacts brought up from the sea. While standing in front of the beautifully displayed and  DRY statues and objects it was hard to imagine that they had been submerged under water for thousand of years. But to help the public to understand this, as well as giving a hint of the difficulties of bringing these finds out of the water, there was a video close to each object showing it  still laying on the ocean floor.

These two pictures show a statue when it was first discovered and now standing proudly for all to see in the museum.

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The following photos were taken when these artifacts were first found.

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And not to let anybody forget where the objects came from, the soft sound of running water could be heard during the visit.

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The exhibition runs through November 27, 2016

 

 

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SUNKEN CITIES – EGYPT’S LOST WORLD

Recently two lost cities of Ancient Egypt, which had vanished under the water of the Mediterranean were discovered and the British Museum in London is telling the story.

I am on my way to London tomorrow and so looking forward to visit this exhibition and to tell you all about it when I come back.

Signing off for a few weeks, but please check in at the end of the  month. Wishing everyone a Happy July

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A DECORATED HOUSE – A STATUS SYMBOL

Any Muslim whose circumstances permit it, is asked to make the HAJJ at lest once in his lifetime.

Successfully completing the HAJJ,  a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia  is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. In 2015 fourteen million Muslims from all over the world made the journey.Egypt3389

It is the tradition to commemorate this journey by decorating the outside walls of the returning pilgrim’s house. These  images  are of airplanes, cruisers, animals and scenes from Mecca. A practice which today is followed more  in the country side of Upper Egypt than in big cities like Cairo or Alexandria.

These innocent, colorful  images adorning the houses tell the world that the man living in the house has, thru his journey to Mecca, respected and fulfilled the will of Allah.

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YANNI FULFILLING A DREAM

I have just listened to Yanni’s CD that was recorded while he was in concert in front of the Pyramids. It was a huge success, but among all the excitement and focus on the event, one touching human story emerged. It was told by the Egyptologist Walid El Batouty who was Yanni’s guide during his time in Egypt,

My Mother, God bless her soul, gave me the video of Yanni playing at the Acropolis –  that was 22 years ago. In this video he dedicated a song to his Mother, and my Mother, God bless her soul, said to me – one day you will be the guide of this man when he is in Egypt and it has  been my dream ever since. – About a month ago I asked on my Facebook page – why don’t we ask Yanni to perform at the Pyramids?  – and  2 minutes later I got a phone call from my friend Ashraf  Haridy saying “Walid I’m not joking. Your Dream is coming true Yanni is composing at the pyramids and you are going to be his guide.”

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It’s 3:48 am I just got home from the pyramids after the rehearsal of Yanni and the minute he started playing I couldn’t stop my tears – – Mother, God bless your soul, thank you and Yanni and my friend Ashraf.

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It just goes to show mothers know best – and Yanni always tells us dreams do come true!

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SHOPPPING – EGYPT’S DAILY LIFE

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Early Morning in Alexandria

ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD SHOPPING TOGETHER IS BETTER THAN ALONE!

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NEFERTARI                                       Brigitte

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