Walking in Memphis, Egypt - "But do I really feel the way I feel?"
|How Memphis likely looked originally.|
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
|The Memphis Museum in Egypt..|
|This photo depicts the unearthing of the Ramses II Statue.|
Memphis itself is mentioned in many ancient texts. It's a feeling of something "biblical", "wrath of god" type stuff to quote Ghostbusters. It makes you feel small, it makes you question how much truth is in fairy tales, and what kind of world used to exist. I'm reminded by this in the Cairo Museum the next day as I see Egyptian statues of dragons. Dragons?
Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
1200 B.C. Wow!
Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
The dead rising from the grave!
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
Though all that remains of this once great time in mankind's history is kept here in this mostly out-door museum with relics being scattered throughout the adjacent area. Even the massive statue of Ramses is housed in more of a canopied picnic shelter than a real indoor structure. I suspect with regime change and a proper tourism department these facilities could be properly improved to rightfully protect the relics, if Egypt manages to elect the proper person come this fall. It's sad to think the majority of these pieces sit outside in a garden unprotected from the elements. To think about what effort went into creating all this, and that modern man doesn't even have the desire to toss a building up around them and air condition them (for their sake not the tourists) seems a tad bit backwards, if not ironic.
The one thing you may be interested is in Memphis is that there is one of many doorways to the afterlife. Unfortunately its closed at the moment and protected with plexiglass... so you may want to find another one.
|Not actual size. Or maybe not?|
I just find it so interesting that here in America we've created a museum to Noah's Ark, which despite your personal beliefs, the "museum" contains no actual physical bits of history at all on display. Yet Egyptian history, the physical history of ancient mankind such as what's in Egypt, remains in some remote suburb of Cairo and continues to be destroyed by the elements. Men bathing in sewer-water in canals of trash around the greatest empire in human history but in Paris sits the Mona Lisa. It's just kind of funny what we as humans choose to cherish. If I had to guess as to why the ancient Egyptians would have chosen to carve their lives in stone rather than paper, to build pyramids as vaults to their culture then I think, I hope that, most people would agree it was for preservation- to save something important- yet the irony of which their descendants, you and me- the people of Egypt neglect and overlook this great ark of history is tragic. I find it odd that most Americans will never see this stuff, many too intimidated to go, yet they expect to participate in a world built on the backs of this history. It's rather quite tragic.