EGYPT HAD A FEMALE PHARAOH 3000 YEARS AGO AND THE US IS STILL WAITING FOR A FEMALE COMMANDER IN CHIEF!

Standing in front of the  Mummy wrapped in a beige linen cloth exposing only feet, arms, and the head, it was hard for me to think of this small, shrunken person as one of Egypt’s greatest pharaohs, Queen Hatshepsut. Her last resting place is in the Cairo Museum, where she shares a temperature controlled room with other mummies, like Ramses II.

Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt and  one of the most successful – reining over 22 years she brought economic prosperity and peace to her country.

How did she become Pharaoh?  She was born circa 1508 B.C. When she was 12 years old her father Thutmose I died. She married her half-brother Thutmose II. He died after being pharaoh for 15 years, making her a widow before the age of 30. Since she had no sons. the male heir Thutmose III was an infant born to a concubine named Isis. Too young to take the throne Hatshepsut served as his regent. In the beginning she filled this role in a traditional way, but then, while never denying Thutmose III kinship, she took on the role of pharaoh for the next 22 year. When he reached a suitable age he was put in charge of her armies.

Her legacy to us is her mortuary temple

 – Djeser-djeseru (meaning holiest of holy places).Today it is the focal point of the Deir el-Bahari complex on the West Bank of Luxor.Egypt2768-2

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.IMG_0838.-2JPG…… and one of the two red granite obelisks she had  erected at the Temple of Amon at Karnak which is still standing.

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….of the second one only the top still exist. These obelisks were made of a single piece of pink granite, 29 meters high and weighing 343 tons.They were the tallest obelisks ever build in Egypt.

After her death, she died in February 1458 B.C., Thutmose III became pharaoh and  created the largest empire Egypt had ever seen. Unfortunately for us he also defaced Hatshepsut’s monuments, erasing many of her inscriptions.

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Did he hold a grudge, or was it done for political reasons? We will never know!

If you can’t go to Egypt and meet Queen Hatshepsut,  go to the Metropolitan Museum in New York where you can see, not one, but many beautiful statues of her.h2_29.3.2[1] - Copy

More from Egypt soon

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Brigitte

 

 

 

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About Brigitte Nioche

Author of Living Longer, Living Well - How to Embrace the Challenges of a Long Life. Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.
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One Response to EGYPT HAD A FEMALE PHARAOH 3000 YEARS AGO AND THE US IS STILL WAITING FOR A FEMALE COMMANDER IN CHIEF!

  1. Johnb74 says:

    Very interesting topic, appreciate it for putting up. kegaedekbeek

    Like

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