On April 3, Egypt held a grand mummy parade, relocating 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies from the Egyptian Museum to the Egyptian National Civilization Museum. According to Egyptian media reports, the mummy parade was firstly to boost Egypt’s tourism industry, and secondly, to give the pharaohs a more comfortable resting place. This parade was named the “Golden Parade” of Pharaoh. This is a grand ceremony that will be recorded in history.
A poetic parade of mummies
At around 4 pm that day, the reporter came to Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The scene was already full of police. The security forces were on high alert and military helicopters hovered over the sky. At around 6 pm, the police began to clear the streets. During the parade, people were not allowed to enter the festival area. Only those who registered in advance and obtained permits could sit in the audience.
At about 8 pm, the parade began, and under the guidance of the actors dressed as “Cleopatra” and priests, the epic parade kicked off. Accompanied by the performance of the military band, the mummies of 18 kings, 1 queen and 3 queens took the ancient Egyptian-style black gold custom floats and appeared one by one in accordance with the order of the pharaoh’s ruling. Each float has the name of the pharaoh written on it. And its ruling dynasty. The float convoy is escorted by motorcycles, and is accompanied by imitation horse-drawn chariot convoys, showing people the splendor of ancient Egyptian civilization.
According to the Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass, from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the Egyptian National Civilization Museum in the south of the city, although the journey is only 7 kilometers, the entire journey takes 40 minutes. The convoy is extremely slow and the floats are all It is equipped with a special shock absorber to ensure that the vehicle can run smoothly on uneven roads without any damage to the pharaoh’s mummy due to bumps. In addition, each mummy is placed in a special nitrogen box to avoid external environmental pollution.
The Liberation Square that night was brightly lit, and the blue light beam was focused on the obelisk, full of brilliance. The symphony tells the legends of the pharaohs. The actors dressed in ancient Egyptian costumes presented a magnificent performance to the world. This scene makes people seem to travel back more than 3,000 years ago to experience the mystery and glory of ancient Egyptian civilization.
The glorious past of royal mummies
The 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies that were relocated this time can be traced back to the 17th to 20th dynasties of Ancient Egypt from 3100 to 3,500 years ago. The most famous of these are Ramses II and Queen Hatshepsut.
Ramses II was the third pharaoh of the nineteenth dynasty of ancient Egypt, and one of the most influential Egyptian pharaohs. He was called “the Ramses the Great” by later worlds. The reign of Ramses II was the last strong age of the new kingdom of ancient Egypt. In the 34th year of his rule, he married a Hittite princess and realized the marriage with the Hittite royal family. Through this diplomatic marriage, Egypt and Hittite have consolidated their ally and paved the way for the two countries to conclude a second diplomatic marriage. Facts show that the first marriage between the Egyptian pharaoh and the Hittite princess stabilized the relationship between the two countries to a certain extent, profoundly affected the political trend of the ancient Near East at that time, and had important political significance. The Egyptian Hittite Treaty he ordered was the first well-known international agreement in history.
At the same time, he is also an “infrastructure madman”. Most of the cultural relics left by Egypt during the Pharaoh period were built or expanded by Ramses II, and the most famous one is the Abu Simbel Temple. He used temples, inscriptions, murals, and rock paintings to show the world his heroic warfare. The people under his rule were prosperous and the country was strong. Today, these remains have become a symbol of ancient Egyptian civilization.
Queen Hatshepsut is equivalent to the ancient Egyptian “Wu Zetian”, and was the queen of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt. She tied her chest, wore a fake beard, dressed in men’s clothing, and held a scepter, writing a legend in the patriarchal world. During Hatshepsut’s reign, Egypt ceased Egypt’s foreign wars. Although Egypt’s rule in Syria and Palestine was shaken, she also opened up business exchanges between Egypt and neighboring countries, making Egypt prosperous and prosperous during her rule. . Her cemetery, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, has now become one of the must-see destinations for visitors to Egypt. The temple has a unique architectural style and exquisite relief murals. It is a must to explore the history of ancient Egypt.
Mummy and the resurrected soul
Mummy is a corpse that can be preserved for a long time under artificial embalming or under natural conditions. The term mummy is derived from Persian, and its original meaning is wax. Europeans used it to refer to the corpses that have been preserved in ancient Egypt with antiseptic spices. The ancient Egyptians had a strong conception of the afterlife. They believed that the soul was immortal, that this world is temporary, and that the afterlife is eternal. The underworld is the reappearance of the earth, and death is the continuation of life. After a person dies, the soul will return to the original body and make mummies in order to preserve the intact destination for the resurrected soul.
The antiseptic treatment of corpses by the ancient Egyptians began from 3700 BC to 3500 BC. The process of making mummies was complicated and generally took more than 70 days. In the process of making the mummy, the brain plasma and abdominal cavity of the corpse were hollowed out, but the heart needs to be kept intact. The priest would slowly absorb the water in the heart with alkali powder and salt, and then wash it with palm oil. The whole process must keep the heart intact. Intact, if damaged, the priest will be severely punished.
Affected by the new crown epidemic, the tourism industry as a pillar industry in Egypt has been greatly impacted. “Through this global-shocking ceremony, it must be able to attract people to visit Egypt to find the splendid civilization of ancient Egypt. Proud of civilization.” Mona, an Egyptian, told reporters.
Like Mona, a few days before and after the Golden Parade, many Egyptians put on their social media heads with the special logo of the parade. The lines were filled with a strong sense of national pride: “As an ancient civilization, Egypt has made history.” Feel the glory of our ancestors in the grand ceremony. “We can always create brilliance.” The past history and civilization make Egypt shine. If you are a lover of history and culture, I believe this magical land will not let you down.