Posted by: gdevi | August 12, 2015

Tomb of Nefertiti

Unrelated macabre news: Bumblebee Tuna Seafood worker cooked inside the oven with the tuna. I will not eat canned fish ever again. It is like a Sweeney Todd nightmare.

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I must remember to direct my students to this news: the discovery of Queen Nefertiti’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. Nefertiti (1300 BCE), the “Sun Queen” was the chief-wife consort of the Pharaoh Akhenatan, who transformed Egypt from a polytheistic society to a monotheistic one with the worship of Aten or the sun disk. He composed the Hymn to the Sun, one of the first templates for lyrical hymns. The beautiful hymn ends with a lyrical turn into the heart of the king and with this reference to Nefertiti in its concluding lines:

You are in my heart,

There is no other who knows you, only your son, Akhenatan

Whom you have taught your ways and your might.

Those on earth come from your hand as you made them.

When you have dawned, they live, when you set, they die.

You Yourself are Time; one lives by you.

All eyes are on your beauty until you set

All labor ceases when you rest in the west

When you rise you stir everyone for the King

Every leg is on the move since you founded the earth

You rouse them for your son who came from your body.

The King who lives by Maat, the Lord of the Two Lands

The Son of Re, the Lord of crowns, Akhenatan, great in his lifetime

And the Great Queen whom he loves, the Lady of the Two Lands

Nefertiti, living and youthful forever.

How cool would that be, if the antechambers indeed opened to Nefertiti’s tomb?

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