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Posts Tagged ‘Egypt’

A Review of 'In An Antique Land'

In this segment, I review ‘In An Antique Land’ written by Amitav Ghosh in 1992. The book follows two main narratives, the first is the anthropological account of Ghosh’s time in Egyptian villages in the present and the other is the life of a trader named Abraham Ben Yiju in the past. As an Indian anthropology student, this book was immediately fascinating to me because it deals with the dilemma of studying a subject with a dark colonial past as a former colonial subject. Furthermore, the book is ambitious in it’s desire to recreate the past not defined by colonial conquering but one of peaceful cultural and material exchange between two countries (Egypt and India).

Egypt from Explorer`s Mind

Pierre Villat , a civil engineer by profession but an explorer in mind condenses his feeling & experience about his careful systematic search in the archeological sites in Egypt. A guest in Auroville, he talks Exclusively with AurovilleRadio about the meaning of a beautiful life, Mother & how he has been shaped from his past which he considers as a kind of gift. Our imagination dream and reality’s unfixed border & thirsts about Egypt gets more and more interesting from his observation. Enjoy !!!


Comments: 0 Date: 16 May 2011

Bubasteion

Pierre Veillat shared with us in Svedam some facts and interesting stories about French archaeological mission of Bubasteïon, Saqqara in Egypt where in 70ies they discovered five exceptional tombs of the new empire. In contemporary papyrus documents the area was known as the Bubasteion, or cult-place of the cat goddess Bastet. But Alain Zivie French archeologist realised that originally these galleries had been made as tombs for the high officials of New Kingdom Memphis. Over the years, his team emptied about 15 of these hypogea which are distributed on two levels in the cliffs. Two of these tombs date to the Old Kingdom, the others range in date from the reign of Hatshepsut to that of Merenptah.


Comments: 0 Date: 07 May 2011
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