Is anyone else obsessed with all things ancient Egyptian or is it just me?
I can remember in sixth grade when it was finally time to start studying Mesopotamia. Everything was fascinating. The architecture, papyrus drawings, science, culture, they had it all. Why did they always seem like they may have had it better? How did they get their entire civilization to work towards common goals? And because of this, look what they manifested.
My grandmother’s formal silver tea set had eagle talons, a Sphinx bodice and ancient hieroglyphic patterns on it. It was the most exotic thing I had ever seen. How did my grandmother wind up with this archeologist-inspired tea set? Well I’d later learn about Tutmania. In the 1920’s King Tut’s tomb was discovered. The first undisturbed burial chamber ever (most had been plundered over centuries). The jewelry, pottery, artwork and sarcophagus were remarkable. Soon clothing around the world showed ancient Egyptian influence as well as jewelry, architecture, artwork and literature. Many art-deco pieces look like objects taken straight from the tomb. This is how my grandmother’s tea set came to be.
When I got to college I would take every Mesopotamian class I could find. In fact I wanted to be an archeologist until enough people talked me out of it. apparently my chances of digging in Egypt were pretty slim and digging in dirt is not all that it entails? Alas…I put my curiosities aside and worked towards other things. Now I occasionally watch Indiana Jones to continue the fantasy as well as running into some weird pharaoh stones in the jewelry mills.
To me, they’re a reminder that I’m not alone. There have been generations before me equally fascinated by Egypt. Fascinated enough to adorn themselves in cultural images reflecting thousands of years of culture before them.We are the recipients of all of the knowledge and accomplishments of those that came before us.
The continuity of humanity is amazing. It leads to other questions. What will be our legacy to humanity? Gulp.
When they dig us up and ask the questions, I hope we rose to our capabilities.
Actually, I pray.