This blog is about the Temples of Luxor (The Temple of Human) and Karnak (The Temple of Amen Ra). The voluminous visual representation provided, is a photographic guide for those unable to travel to this destination for a better appreciation of the cultural, artistic and philosophical significance of this socially sophisticated and culturally complex civilisation.
By and large, the original name of Ancient Egypt, known as Kemet, was supplanted and lost in the nostalgic memories of the descendants of this Nilotic civilisation. In essence, therefore, this blog was constructed to preserve and salvage this culture in photographic form. It is intended to increase the survivability and longevity of Kemet. It is also based on amateur photography and anthropology with an ethnographic aim and trajectory. Indeed, the temples of Luxor and Karnak have stood the test of time and will continue to dazzle the world with their sculptural splendours, monumental magnificence and brilliant buildings.
I recently travelled to Luxor and captured these photographs, which I want to share with the world for educational and informational purposes. This blog is part of my Major Final Project for the requirements of a Master of Arts Degree, which is based on practicality, photography and positive power projection (media and cultural studies). Identity and representation are also involved in this study, as it is based on an ethnographic approach, partly. Primarily, it is all about raising awareness, truth and unequivocal understanding of Kemet, bringing the viewer closer to a fuller understanding of the cultural contributions that this Ancient African civilisation had facilitated through European and Middle Eastern culture and sophistication, for example, the Latin and Arabic scripts, which are clearly seen on the Rosetta Stone and were heretofore marketed as being ‘Greek’ and ‘Hieratic’. The Rosetta Stone proves that the Latin and Arabic languages were not only intellectually loaned, but were part and parcel of an Ancient African writing system and language. Thus, architecture, mathematics, philosophical thought, literature, among countless considerable contributions to culture abound. Please stay tuned and watch this space; the photography will appear appropriately for your viewing pleasure and taste!