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Nai Davina reflects on Egypt and our forebearers for BHM

WONDERFUL WORLD: The ancient monuments standing in Egypt still puzzle archaeologists to this day

OUT OF today’s 1,444 minutes, can we take just one to imagine living during a time in history when African Pharaoh kings and queens stood in rulership, bathed in their royalty, building extraordinary kingdoms and monuments, honouring their power and wisdom?

Imagine walking among the presence of queens such as Nefertiti or King Tut in one of the most profound periods in human history. A land which speaks to us in its soothing mystical language of symbols, intricate structures and legacies.

Its depth of knowledge and wisdom have made enormous contributions to the modern world in which we live.

Its beauty alone has attracted many near and far. That’s right – the ancient world of Kemet (meaning the ‘black land’) – modern-day Egypt. Now, there is no way I can slide through Black History Month without reflecting on this amazing point in time.

I’ve always been blown away each time I connect with the land of Africa. It holds so many enriching stories that captivate the imagination of those that step onto its fertile land. History would be irrelevant without it.
This type of storytelling is what acknowledging black history represents. This is what makes me proud of my ancestry, and tell me if I’m wrong, but this is a pretty inspiring place to start.

STANDING TALL: The Great Pyramid of Giza (image credit: Alamy)

Home to the last standing Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – and pre-dating the other six by almost 2,000 years – the Great Pyramid of Giza, which sits centre of the earth’s grid, amazes me, knowing it outlived so many others in its era. I had the opportunity to sit inside this magnificent piece of art and witness its power directly, and let’s just say, it is nothing less than human engineering at its finest. Archaeologists are still puzzled by the way in which these enormous structures were built with such precision.

Even with today’s technology and information, it would be a challenge to undertake such a huge task – but still, the pyramids are significant not only to the land they sit on. The way in which our brain replicates this same structure in the central part of the limbic system – which processes incoming information in a similar way to that of the pyramids of the Earth – leaves me thinking. It is almost as if they were performing acupuncture for the atmosphere of the Earth, designed to exceed beyond our physical world.

Yet, if these great civilisations were able to create such monumental pieces, using pure intellect, I pose the question: 'Are we able to create the same today?' Have we evolved from these great civilisations, or are we devolving from our original greatness?

The effects of our most recent history and an ongoing struggle to obtain equal rights and justice, would suggest our brains are in a constant loop of survival mode, keeping us from the most powerful gifts we possess.

WONDROUS: The Valley of the Kings

As the missing answers to this immaculate puzzle are still unable to be retrieved by archaeologists and Egyptologists, we should consider the fact that they may not be buried under the soil of the land. Maybe the most sacred wisdom cannot actually be read on the walls through hieroglyphs, and need much more than practical logic and left hemispheric thinking. Perhaps it is one that takes a deeper spiritual understanding, which can’t be found.

Still, this expansive history should be witnessed, still standing in its glory, albeit defragmented and poorly maintained. Many have seen noses of sphinxs and other African featured monuments destructively removed, to keep the descendants from seeing themselves in the images of the greats.

I came across this same thing on a filmed trip to Egypt in 2008 exploring the Valley of the Kings and returning in 2013 to find the same hieroglyphs being smudged and carved out. Could you image how much has been lost and destroyed over its timespan?

Anthony Browder’s book Niles Valley Contributions to Civilization goes further into correcting a lot of the misconceptions and European biases.

Nevertheless, as the laws go, everything has its time. It is time to reign, it is time to fall, it is time to rebirth. Cycles are inevitable – nothing remains the same, and the stories will always shift and change based on the perspective of the person observing at the time.

As we walk through our daily lives, we too are also adding another strand of information to our history and legacy.

Who are our leaders of today? Where are our kingdoms? Hopefully, it’s not all left to Facebook, but let’s not forget to mention the amazing activists who have since worked to keep our legacies growing. The late Dick Gregory and Dr. Sebi were just two of many.

We are living in the age of information also known as the ‘Aquarius Age’. Everything is available at the tip of our fingers. We’re living in a time where achieving the unachievable is possible, in a time of great intellectual awakening.

There are no secrets as to where we have come from, and no one can reshape the stories of the past.

The triumphs and turmoil of our history are there as foundations of our future, to leave a powerful legacy, one where, if we were to fast forward to 3,000 AD, the generations to come would be reenacting the great tales of one of the most profound periods in human history.

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