Thursday, February 23, 2012

Egypt - A Mystic Land of Wonders



When I was a kid, Egypt was like place of my wild imaginations. My immature intelligence often allowed me to visit pyramids or watching dead mummies walking in my daydreams. One of the oldest civilizations in the world, Egypt is blessed by Nile River: a river that always sounded mystic and had no match in the world when it comes to its length. Be it death of Tutankhamun or ambitious tale of Cleopatra VII, lives of these Egyptian rulers have been synonym to Mystery.

Ancient name of Egypt was Kemet (black land) referring to the fertile black soils of the Nile. By 6000 BC a Neolithic culture was ingrained in the Nile Valley. The Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza were built during 2700-2200 BC. When Ptolemaic Kingdom was in powerful state, Alexandria became capital of Egypt centering Greek ethnicity and trade, its last ruler Cleopatra committed suicide with her lover Mark Antony right after being captured by Caesar Augustus. Christianity came to Egypt in the 1st century.

Early in 7th century, Egypt was absorbed into the Islamic Empire by the Muslim Arabs. French invasion of Egypt was led by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1798, when French were thrown out of Egypt in 1801; wrestling for power begins between British Forces and Albanians. Out of this chaos, the commander of the Albanian regiment, Muhammad Ali emerged as an ambitious leader and ruled Egypt until 1848. In June 1953, Egyptian Republic was declared free nation.

Like very few countries on earth, Egypt has very attention-grabbing geography. Despite being called Arab Republic of Egypt officially, it is part of northern Africa, borders Gaza Strip and Israel to northeast, Red Sea to east, Libya to west and Sudan to its south. Wondered for it' geographical diversity, Egypt encompasses fair share of Sahara Desert to Nile Delta (delta formed in Lower Egypt where Nile River spreads out and drains into Mediterranean Sea). One of the most crowded countries in Africa, the majority of Egyptians resides near banks of Nile.

In Hollywood movies, Egypt is depicted as place that breathes Mystery and that is not without a valid reason. Tutankhamun who ruled Egypt for nine years, died at young age of 19. What caused his death remained one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in history. Some historical studies say that the Sphinx is a lot older than Egyptologists believe. They also raise question like what exactly happened to the Sphinx's nose (referring to Sphinx Pyramid). Ancient Egyptian literature described an enormous temple that they called the Labyrinth, but why hasn't it ever been found? Talking about existence of Mummies many of us don't have answers to question like 'Was there actually a curse on King Tut's tomb?'

Doesn't matter how much we trick our brains to solve these mysteries, they would always remain up in the air otherwise who would call Egypt- a mystic land of wonders.

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