1.3/24 Re: Frequently Asked Questions about Ancient Egypt
(Norm_Takahashi oldClassic Retro)
Sat, Mar 24, 2001, 3:32am
Re: Frequently Asked Questions about Ancient Egypt
This is the first time I've seen anything saying that the ancient
Egyptians pre-dated the Sumerians.
She does not give any references to support this.
Many of her "answers" in the Q&A are very funny (ha-ha) to me....
Not sure if this is serious or somewhat tongue-in-cheek....!
One of these links is about Celtic Ogam writing...
Meet science fiction writer Ramona Louise Wheeler
did we miss something?
How is it possible that the ancient civilizations arose so suddenly? ~
A) It is a modern misconception that any of those ancient civilizations
arose "suddenly." The archeological record is all we have to go by, and
anything that did not survive intact is lost information. Just as we
throw away the older things we use when we get new things, those people
built over the older parts of their lives with their new architecture,
erasing the records of previous generations. If you study the Neolithic
cultures of the generations before the rise of Sumeria, you will find
much of the roots of their world in those cultures. And in Egypt, since
Sumeria was, after all, influenced by the earlier rise of Egypt's
civilization, which is now acknowledged as being older than the
Sumerian. Egypt has been recognized now as the first civilization of
humankind, and at the time that writers like Sitchin were first writing,
it was believed that Sumeria was the older one.
The issue of population growth also plays a role. When a population
reaches a certain density in a given area, more things are possible,
since you have enough labor to do the work of civilized life. ~ RLW
Q) Isn't the civilization of Mesopotamia older than Egypt? Didn't they
invent the writing and mathematics?
A) In the earlier days of archeological exploration, the Mesopotamian
sites were glamorized by their biblical associations. The sites are
better preserved because of the desert dryness of the main locations,
and thus the older sites were unearthed first. Discoveries made in the
last decade, however, have proven that the Egyptian civilization
predates that of the Mesopotamian by almost a thousand years ~ and new
discoveries continue to push that date back further.
It is the bleakness of the Sumerian/Assyrian cultural world that
furnishes the clue that they are not the older society. They show such a
damaged sense of joy in life. All this "play acting" is swept away by
the brutal realities of warfare, realities that are the center and
obsession of their culture. They cared more about how to kill their
enemies than how to live their lives. Their mythology suggests that they
were a splinter group that left the Nile Delta and went into the desert
of the Anatolian Plain to set up their own version of civilization. The
details of their mythology further suggest that they did not leave
voluntarily but were exiled because of their behavior. Their stories
reek of guilt. They built from scratch on the banks of a new river
system, but they never forgot the "land of milk and honey" that they had
lost. The clue is in their images of the world of the afterlife, a
gray, dusty place with only the dimmest of light, without hope or
identity. That does not sound like a carry-over from the rich spiritual
world of the Neolithic cultures, but, rather, of an intellectual,
neurotic denial of the world from which they had been expelled.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ancient Egypt