Articles about temple
Pharaoh's word was law. The idea of democracy or group rule would have seemed absurd to the ancient Egyptians. As part God ruling on this earth, the Pharaoh could dream and be quite sure that those dreams would come true. Hatshepsut's dreams involved growth; she was a builder. 3,000 years after her reign, structures she constructed still stand and still impress.
Her name was Hatshepsut. Over 3,000 years ago she did the unthinkable when she defied convention and had herself crowned a Pharaoh of male-dominated Egypt. This daring power play brought her control of the richest and most powerful country on earth.
Many accounts say Hatshepsut was brilliant in her role as Regent of Egypt. Fate and heredity may have brought her the job, but it was natural talent that brought her success. There's much debate, though, as to whether her woman's touch changed the way Egypt was ruled.
One curious thing about Hatshepsut's reign, is how she presented herself to the public in statues. Only the smallest fraction of the Egyptian citizenry would ever had seen Hatshepsut in person. For most of them, the only real glimpse of what she looked like would come from statues of her. Curiously, she often chose to present herself in a masculine way.
What's the proper frame of mind in order for a person to engage in meditation and the highest of all meditations, Hari-nama which means meditations upon the name of God? "One must recite the name of God in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than a straw in the street, more tolerant than a tree, offering all respects to others, and devoid of all sense of self-prestige. In such a state of mind, one can recite the name of the Lord constantly."
The world of Egyptian royalty that Hatshepsut was born into was one of the elite and privileged man has ever known. Never before and rarely since has any group of people wielded such all-encompassing power. The lifestyle they created for themselves was one of spectacular grandeur.
Through his studies, Dr. Clarke learned Afrika didn't originally define themselves by continent but more so by regions. Afrika as a continent began to be defined by foreigners. In North Afrika, the Romans had a province called Afrique which then became Afrika. The history, both known and hidden, of the land where time began has been a primary focus of Dr. Clarke's scholarship throughout his long career.