In the morning, I was picked up at 8:30 a.m and we set off the Cairo Museum. Again, a highlight of my trip. The whole time I was in Egypt, I had a tour guide, car and driver, and a guard in the apartment building; I’ve never felt so safe. There wasn’t one time where I was scared or unsure, just living. I think that’s how it’s supposed to be. Normal living comes with a small dose of anxiety anyhow.
King Tutankhamun, the boy king, has the entire contents of his tomb inside the Cairo Museum. The Egyptians signaled on the tombs of their kings whether he was an important or just an average king. Because King Tut, who became king of Egypt at nine, only ruled for 9 years, he was an ‘average’ or ‘not important’ king. Still, the worth of his tomb is ridiculous.
I was more pleased with the King who changed the way the art was made during his reign, by portraying himself not as a God, but as an actual man. Akhenaten, the Pharaoh, had his servants create sculptures of him where he was fat, or losing his hair. Because this Pharaoh is considered to have invented realist art, scientists deduced that his wife, Nefertiti, must actually have been as beautiful as they sculpted her.
After touring King Tut’s tomb’s insides, I went into the mummy room, alone. The mummies were incredibly cool up close. Their eyelashes were still attached, after 5,000 years. Their hair had greyed and stayed attached to their head. While wandering around the museum, I felt very called, by what, I don’t know, to pray in front of a statue of a Pharaoh designed like a Sphinx. It was a colossal sight- my tour guide, Eman, explained that this was the only woman Pharaoh in Egypt, Hatshepsut, and she ruled as a man.
I became enamoured with her- what a total badass. Why did she have to rule as a man? Why did she not rule as a woman? The kingdom during her reign was extremely wealthy and peaceful, according to records. As I walked around the mummy room, I know it sound crazy, but her mummy felt alive to me. It was such a powerful energy from this woman Pharaoh, something to inspire all of our days.
If you think about this from a different perspective, and please, do not think of Hillary Clinton- the U.S.A, a country less than 300 years old, did not invent paper, hasn’t had a woman president, doesn’t practice any honoring of Presidents once they’re gone, and so on. The dead are worshiped in Egypt. The loveliest description of why the Lotus Flower is revered in Egypt, and why the Sun is a God, came from Eman:
“The Egyptians saw the Lotus close at night and open in the morning. They saw the sun set every night and rise every morning. They felt that if something as small as a flower or as big as a sun would return the next day, why wouldn’t we?”