Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Ethiopian Culture of Ancient Egypt: Food, Markets, Temples and Social Culture

Diodorus Siculus wrote that the culture of ancient Egypt was Ethiopian, due to Ethiopians having founded ancient Egypt and preserving their culture there. 

As such, this book provides, through the Ethiopian Amarigna and Tigrigna languages, a way of learning about the culture of ancient Egyptian food, markets, temples, religion and social culture. 

Ancient texts are messages from the bygone eras. They stand as a testimony to heights of development achieved by our ancient civilizations. Historians for long have depended on ancient texts for understanding contemporary events of ancient periods. These ancient texts give us a first-hand account of the forgotten events, times and culture of the past. 

The Rosetta Stone is a singularly important artifact and document that has changed the course of our understanding of Egyptian civilization. The Rosetta Stone enabled historians to bring a purportedly dead language back to life, paving the way for a better understanding of the available hieroglyphic literature. In fact, the language was never dead, thriving in over 30 million speakers. 

Although known to ancient Greek historians, like Diodorus Siculus, but unbeknownst to the yesteryear colonial-era historians, the Ethiopian languages of Amarigna and Tigrigna still today hold the elements of the ancient hieroglyphic language intact. These path-breaking revelations are leading to a revision of hitherto translated documents and are giving deeper insights into the Egyptian civilization.

This book provides an understanding of the history and culture of Egyptian civilization by peering through the prism of dual hieroglyphic languages of Amarigna and Tigrigna and analyzing the hieroglyphs, more so, with the help of those of the Rosetta Stone. This approach affords us advantages of not only getting a deeper understanding of historical documents but also an understanding of vast information lying embedded in each of the hieroglyphs. 

Meshing hieroglyphs in-between the history of Ancient Egypt, we take a look at their customs, trade and symbology. Another outcome of this exercise is understanding the global relationship between words. It is an accepted fact that more than 60% of the English words have their roots in Latin and Greek, and this book shows Amarigna and Tigrigna to be the root of Greek and Latin and therefore a wide range of European languages including English, Spanish, German and more. 

It is demonstrated in this book that many words of the world’s languages have their roots in the dual hieroglyphic languages of Amarigna and Tigrigna. Though the extent of such relationships is beyond the scope of this book, it lays foundations for the students to explore this path on their own. 

With the world shrinking closer day-by-day and multi-cultural societies a norm, this book paves way for appreciation of the cradle of all the civilizations and how other cultures have readily embraced the elements of ancient Egyptian and therefore Ethiopian culture and civilization. Ancient Egyptian and Ethiopian culture civilized European culture, not the other way around. 

This book is also intended to showcase the Ethiopian culture from where the ancient Egyptian culture was born and give the Ethiopian culture its due credit.

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"The Ethiopian Culture of Ancient Egypt: Food, Markets, Temples and Social Culture"
Book #3 of the series by Legesse Allyn
ISBN-13: 978-1519732521
ISBN-10: 151973252X
Library of Congress Control Number: 2016930069

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