The first pharaoh of Egypt was Narmer (sometimes called Menes) who united lower and upper Egypt. Were Narmer and Menes truly the same person?
At least that’s what I thought, but historians cannot agree on who the first pharaoh really was. Some say Menes was the king that united Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt and thus became the first pharaoh.
Manetho writes in his histories that gods reigned between 33,894 to 23,642 BC. Historians, anthropologists and archeologists refer to his writings, which they believe to be quite accurate, especially in the list of all the pharaohs. However, none believes that gods reigned the land 30,000 years ago. How did he know about these gods since he didn’t live back then and I’m sure there is no written history that dates that far back.
Let’s face it, approximately 30,000 years ago Neandertal man still walked the earth.
Clive Finlayson of the Gibraltar Museum states that the Neandertal lived in Gibraltar from 30,000 to 24,000 years ago.
Manetho is claiming that the Egyptian culture was well established while in other parts of the world civilization was just getting started. If I understand this right, he claims that while in Europe the Neandertal and Homo Sapiens struggled with fire and hunting the mammoth, in Egypt a modern civilization built palaces?
So, who were these gods reigning in Egypt during this time? How advanced were these people that historians refer to them as gods? How did they become so advanced? And what comprised this advancement?
According to Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) a far more advanced civilization arrived to the region during prehistoric times. However, where did this civilization come from?
The French Egyptologist Emile Amélineau (1850-1915), devoted his life to the study of the pharaohs of the first dynasty. In his excavations, he discovered the existence of an earlier people, the Anu, who were quite advanced in agriculture and the work of metals.
Amélineau believes the Anu contributed to the Egyptian civilization.
Further archeological finds are showing that more people contributed to the Egyptian culture. The Mesnitu who came from Punt (Somalia) are another people that influenced the region. Other influences came from the Aamu, the Nehesy who lived in what is today Sudan, the Temehu of the Western Desert. But where did their knowledge come from?
The French authority Gaston Maspero (1846-1916) comments about the Egyptian texts: “The religion and the texts which made it known to us were already established before the first dynasty. In order to understand them it is up to us to put ourselves in the frame of mind of the people who constructed them, more than seven thousand years ago.” Seven thousand years ago, yet the first pharaoh lived 3,000 years ago. What people were advanced enough to write these religious books?
It’s very interesting to me that the more I read the more questions surface. I now have so many more questions that need answers. Well, I’ll have to go back to the beginning to see what I can find about these gods that Manetho wrote about—real or fictional?
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