The Myth of Egypt in the Western world Francesco Tiradritti

Luxor News - اثنين, 19/03/2018 - 02:34
I did start to take some notes but gave up because the lecture was so visual. You can tell Francesco is an art expert. He has such an eye for noticing detail. He went through how much Egyptian iconography was evidenced in the west, a lot of paintings, architecture, festivals and drawings, He noted that when a new religion comes along like Christianity they either reject pagan imagery or accept and assimilate.

After the end of the pharaohs true knowledge of what the hieroglyphs meant and what the Egyptians believed disappeared as the language changed to Coptic and then to Arabic. But that did not stop people using the images. It was fascinating to see to evidence of pyramids, Anubis sphinxes, Isis and bulls. All over the world and in the most unlikely places like Brazil.

Once the hieroglyphs were translated then the mythology ceases as the true facts were known

Next week he is going to cover the influence in Islam

التصنيفات: Egyptology

Flats in Luxor is now disabled friendly

Luxor News - اثنين, 19/03/2018 - 02:16
We have installed a ramp into our ground floor apartment at Al Gezera which means wheelchair users can access the flat independently. Our doors are 30 inches wide and apparently standard wheel chairs are 26 inches wide. So we are the first flats in Luxor to cater for the needs of wheelchair users. If this proves popular we will make changes at our other apartments to make them disabled friendly.
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Lecture 17th March

Luxor News - سبت, 17/03/2018 - 13:51

Dr. JJ Shirley
Theban Tomb 110: New Information on the Life & Career of Djhuty
Luxor Mummification Museum
17 March 2018
PS sorry about the late notice I have only just been informed
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Lecture 18th March

Luxor News - جمعة, 16/03/2018 - 09:45

التصنيفات: Egyptology

Isis the Egyptian Goddess who conquered the Roman world. Francesco Tiradritti

Luxor News - اثنين, 12/03/2018 - 02:56

Isis the Egyptian Goddess who conquered the Roman world. Francesco Tiradritti
(There is another lecture next week Sunday 18that Thebes Hotel)

Francesco had been instrumental in producing an exhibition about Isis from Ancient Egyptian times till today. What happened to Egypt after Pharaonic times? Dan Brown doesn’t get everything wrong! There is evidence of Isis in the Islamic world. Studies in Egyptomania have increased as the influence of Egypt is discovered. The west thinks its origins are in the Greek and Roman world but there is more Egyptian influence than people realise.
The Pyramid texts have the first mention of Isis. Isis is part of the creation myth of Atum who created Geb and Nut separated by Shu. Geb and Nut produced Osirus, Isis, Seth and Nephthys. The iconography of Osirus shows him mummiform, wearing the white crown flanked by two ostrich feathers from his role in the judgement. Whereas Seth’s iconography is disputed and confusing. Francesco says that this reflects his role as the god of chaos, his very iconography is chaotic.
The story of Osirus is a Cinderella story but instead of a shoe we have a coffin. Seth held a big banquet and a gorgeous coffin was tried on but it fitted Osirus perfectly the lid was slammed shut and Seth deposed of the body, both by drowning and chopping it up. This is where Isis comes into the story. She appears as a powerful magician who reassembles Osirus and then conceives Horus.
Until the NK Isis was just a wife but from the Ramesside period she becomes more important. In the tomb of Horemheb you can see this. Hathor used to be the principle goddess for women but now Isis starts usurping her iconography, the cow horns and sun disk. Hathor becomes the goddess of the west representing dead women. In the Late period there are more examples of the horns and sun disk.
Once Isis was pregnant with Horus, Seth did not give up attacking her and trying to cause a miscarriage. The tyet (Egyptian tjt), sometimes called the knot of Isis or girdle of Isis, was what she used to protect the unborn child with magic. This knot then became used by women 1) as a sort of Tampex (this analogy caused a great deal of amusement at the lecture as Francesco searched for the right word) 2) to prevent miscarriage.
Magic was a bit part of Ancient Egyptian life; after Horus was born Seth sent scorpions and snakes to attack him. This story was carved on stele. Magic potions were created by pouring water on these texts and drinking the water. Thus protecting the drinker
Isis gains further magical powers when she gets Ra to reveal his secret name. She gathered his drool and made a snake of it. The snake attacked Ra and he begged Isis to cure him which she would only do if he revealed his secret name. This gave her the same power of Ra which made the most powerful goddess.
Isis was worshipped in various centres all over Egypt.
At Abydos Seti created various chapels and put his own in between Isis and Osirus in the Osirus mini complex to negate the effect his name which was based in Seth had on his legitimacy to rule.
There is a 22nd dynasty temple to Isis in front of the Queens pyramid at Giza that is identified as the burial place of Isis.
There is another location (I missed the name) that is supposed to be her birthplace used in Ptolemaic times.
In Coptos she is identified as the wife of Min
At Philae she was worshipped until 5thcentury AD
At Meroe (Sudan) she was shown winged for protection
Often she can be identified by the Isis knot at the top of her dress. In later times she is identified as the wife of Serapis a god created by Manetho, connected with the Apis bull. Serapis was a Graeco-Egyptian god. The cult of Serapis was introduced during the 3rd century BC on the orders of Ptolemy I of Egypt as a means to unify the Greeks and Egyptians in his realm. The king was associated with Serapis and his wife with Isis. This new Isis was worshipped in Alexandra and the Fayoum. The rest of Egypt still worshipped the old Isis. The religion gets VERY complicated in these times.
Another Isis is the harvest goddess connected with Renenutet and Demeter she was spread by the Roman army to Athens, Ephesus and is shown wearing Roman clothes with her Isis knot. Also associated with Sybil. Spreading to Roman
Yet another Isis Pharos from Alexandra the Pharos lighthouse and she is shown with flowing robes blown by the wind. In fact there were many variations like is Isis Pelagia, "Isis of the Sea," but there were three main versions. The Pharaonic traditional Isis, the Ptolemaic and the Roman
A book Metamorphis Apolia (not sure if I got the name right) depicted Isis but an incorrect English translations change the depiction of Isis.
The film Cleopatra shows a fairly accurate depiction of the arrival of Cleopatra in Rome. Rome and Italy has many mentions of Isis like the Plaza Isis near the Colosseum and from Rome the cult of the Roman Isis went all over the world as Serapis became the Emperor and Isis the Empress Pompeii, Hungry, Britain anywhere the Romans went she went.
There is an Isis linked to Sirus the star in fact there were so many Isis when they did the exhibition they could not find them all.
Roman Isis even went back to Luxor, at Luxor temple at the front there is a chapel to Roman Isis which was in existence at the same time as the Pharaonic Isis at Deir El Shewit.
Isis even goes into Christianity and there are depictions of the Virgin Mary with an Isis knot.
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Useful links

Luxor News - ثلاثاء, 06/03/2018 - 02:12

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التصنيفات: Egyptology

Lecture 10 am 6th March Karnak

Luxor News - سبت, 03/03/2018 - 03:13

التصنيفات: Egyptology

Oldest Tattoos

Luxor News - خميس, 01/03/2018 - 15:47

Previously, archaeologists had thought only women wore tattoos in the ancient past, but the discovery of tattoos on the male mummy now shows body modification concerned both sexes.The researchers believe that the tattoos would have denoted status, bravery and magical knowledge.The mummies were found in Gebelein in the southern part of Upper Egypt, around 40km south of modern-day Luxor.
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Floor tiles of Karnak Temple are not ‘ancient’ as rumored: official

Luxor News - خميس, 22/02/2018 - 18:52
There was a bit of reaction to the picture posted last week of the disabled access but those that were worried will be relieved to read this

In response to photos circulating on Egypt’s social media outlets that have alleged the removal of the archeological tiles of Karnak Temple located inside Luxor, head of Karnak Temple’s remnants Mostafa El Seghair denied the claims.
He said in media statements that new modifications were added to the tiles of the temple to put a path for handicapped people to facilitate their access inside the temple.
He further explained that the tiles located inside the temple are not the archeological ones as rumored, noting that new tiles were put in 2008.

 Credit Barbara Clark
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Francesco Tiradritti Lecture on the Valley of the Kings

Luxor News - أحد, 11/02/2018 - 20:40

This was held at a brand new hotel just by the cross roads on the west bank. Very nice location. I must admit when Francesco started it seemed a normal introduction to the Valley of the Kings but it rapidly became a new (to me) approach to analysing the progression of tomb excavation. Most interesting but then he always is
This map will help but the way Francesco displayed was a time progression shown the relationship as well as the location of 18, 19 and 20 dynasty tombs
One of the earliest images of the Valley of the Kings was Pocock in 1743. The kings of the 17th dynasty were buried at Dra Abu Naga but the kings of the 18th dynasty went further west. The first burial was Amenhotep I but we don’t know where he is despite numerous attempts to find the tomb. At one point in time there were 6 different expeditions trying to find the tomb.
If you look at the tombs in historical order you get a very different perspective specially the relationship between where the workers were and Deir el Bahri. The way we go to the valley these days is the long way round but the first tomb we know KV38 Tuthmosis I is actually situate in the closest wadi to Deir el Medina. The next KV 38 is Tuthmosis II having a geographical relationship to his father Tuthmosis I.
Hatshepsut located her tomb KV20 in relationship to her temple at Deir el Bahri but in poor quality rock.
Tuthmosis III went back close to his father and grandfather. The tomb is not cartouche shape but the shape of the underworld. Similar to how noble’s tombs are the shape of the world. Francesco should the tomb of Ankhtifi shown the oval shape. You can follow it through
1.      Hunting and fishing in the marshes2.      Fields and battle3.      Granaries 4.      Donkeys5.      Cattle6.      Settlement
Desert7        Hunters8        Unknown
9        Festival of Hemen
In the same way the underworld is laid out in KV 43 going sequential EXCEPT number 5 and 6 which represent chaos
Next KV 35 and its associated royal fan bearer KV 36KV 43 back to the Hatshepsut areaKv22 ad Kv45KV46Then the Amarna period
Kv55 the controversial tomb, Francesco once did a count and there were 120 theories about Shrines of Tiye, magic brinks of Akhenaton ceiling of Tutankhamen. A royal coffin with no name
KV 62
Francesco talked at length about the DNA report done by Zahi Hawass. The level of probably contamination was so high it proves nothing. Compare it to the excavation of Richard III
He also talked about the theories of extra rooms in KV62 and feels there other explanations for the perceived rectangle (plaster working area, poor quality limestone) and he believes the latest scan has also been in conclusive. Beside Zahi excavated in that area
The excavations then follow relationships and dynasties. Nobles tend to be near their king. Difficult to explain without pictures but if you colour a shaded area of 18, 19 and 20 dynasty tombs you get the idea.
KV23, KV57 end of 18thKV16 and 17 father and sonKV 7, 5, 8(Merenptah), KV10, 15KV 47 Siptah KV13 Chancellor BayKV 14KV11 & 3KV7KV9End of the new kingdom. In the 21st and 22nddynasty there were common burials who seem to be single ladies
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Result of the disabled campaign

Luxor News - أحد, 11/02/2018 - 10:03
Thanks to Mohamed Famy posting the first results of the disabled campaign

Aug 2016 I bring a mobility scooter back from the UK and start doing site visits
Oct 2016 First paper produced and present to Minister and Governor at confernece
Apr 2017 Email Response from Ministry
May 2017 Site Visit with men from Ministry
Jul 2017 Proposal produced with Joanne Stables
Jul 2017 Meeting with Helm
Jan 2018 News reports improvement planned at Karnak and Luxor
Feb 2018 Evidence of improvements

التصنيفات: Egyptology

Lecture this Sunday

Luxor News - أربعاء, 07/02/2018 - 00:06
From Isabella Faroppa Soliman

التصنيفات: Egyptology

Radar scan underway to search for hidden chambers in Tutankhamun’s tomb

Luxor News - جمعة, 02/02/2018 - 16:17
In 2015, British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves published a theory suggesting that the northern and western walls of Tutankhamun's tomb house hidden doorways that could lead to the final resting place of Queen Nefertiti, the wife and co-regent of the monotheistic King Akhenaten and the golden king’s step mother.

To put an end to such conflicting results, Mohamed Ismail, supervisor-general of the Permanent Committee at the Ministry of Antiquities, told Ahram Online that a third radar survey has begun inside and outside Tutankhamun’s tomb.
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Search for Tut's hidden chambers

Luxor News - خميس, 01/02/2018 - 15:29
Using ground-penetrating radars Egyptologists are ready to begin a "decisive" search for hidden chambers in King Tutankhamen's tomb.

After almost a year of waiting, researchers at the Italian University of Turin finally obtained the green light from Egypt for conducting "decisive geo-radar measurements" from inside the tomb, they said on Wednesday.

British Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves has previously said a detailed examination of photographs and scans of the tomb's northern wall suggested it concealed an opening into a further chamber.

Full report
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Egypt's archaeological sites to be made more accessible to people with disabilities

Luxor News - اثنين, 29/01/2018 - 21:35
Luxor and Karnak Temples are among the first ancient sites to see improvements, with wooden ramps and paths for wheelchairs, along with information boards accessible to those with impaired sight and hearing.
Whoop Whoop It would seem that they listened, I am so excited.
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Dr Betsy Bryan lecture 16th Jan video

Luxor News - أربعاء, 17/01/2018 - 14:12
Dr Betsy Bryan lecture was yesterday and thanks to Moamen Saad it is published on YouTube
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Egypt prosecution orders detention of hot air balloon pilot, 3 company officials over deadly Luxor crash

Luxor News - أحد, 07/01/2018 - 14:54

A Luxor prosecution ordered on Saturday the four-day detention pending investigation of the pilot – as well as three officials from a hot air balloon company – who was operating a hot air balloon that crashed on Friday, killing a 36-year-old South African tourist and injuring 15 others. Read more on the link

A tourist was killed and 12 tourists were injured this morning in an emergency landing of a bird balloon on the western desert road in front of Qurna due to bad weather conditions. Immediately after the landing, 12 ambulances were transferred and the injured were transferred to Luxor International Hospital for treatment.
A statement by the Health Directorate said that the deceased tourist from South Africa and that all the injured were moderately injured between fractures and wounds in different places in the body and that the degree of readiness to the maximum degree in Luxor International Hospital and provide all medical staff of various disciplines, medicines and medical supplies and blood bags.
The governor of Luxor, Mohammed Badr, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and a number of security leaders in the province, went to the hospital to check on the injured.
"It was not an accident but a forced landing due to wind speed," said an official at the balloon company in Luxor, who preferred not to be named. "The wind speed was very normal, and the civil aviation authorities and officials at the balloon airport gave permission to take off. One of the balloons strongly wind, which called for the implementation of the forced landing process to maintain the safety of tourists.
"The balloon was carrying 20 tourists and hit the ground, which is often the case, but a number of tourists did not comply with the safety standards and the advice of the commander during the landing process, hit the head of a tourist balloon body and died before the rescue and wounded others.
He said that the balloon leader is one of the most efficient and skilled balloon leaders in Luxor and has already been honored by the Balloon Union for its excellence, noting that his skill and the way of landing despite the wind hard saved the tourists.

The original is in Arabic
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Betsy Bryan Lecture Tuesday 16/1/2018 10 AM

Luxor News - خميس, 04/01/2018 - 17:50
The Scientific Research Department at Karnak(SRDK) is Organizing Lecture for
Dr. Betsy Bryan - Johns Hopkins University - about (Temple of Mut in The Eighteenth Dynasty)
Tuesday 16/1/2018 at the Visitors Center in Karnak.
Attendance of the lecture is free
التصنيفات: Egyptology

Campbell Price's trip report to Luxor

Luxor News - جمعة, 22/12/2017 - 15:48

Great report from Campbell about his visit to Luxor with photos.

التصنيفات: Egyptology


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