Ancient Egypt and False Information

I went to the King Tut exhibit a the Franklin Institute on Sunday and came away with a few observations. One is that I hate people but I really already knew that. Two is that for $32.50 I would like to actually see some of the artifacts in the exhibit, not get pushed around like I am in some weird cultural mosh pit, nor do appreciate having my foot run over by a motorized wheelchair. And the big one, number three, is that there are a lot of stupid people.

I am by no means an expert on ancient Egypt but I do enjoy the subject and watch all the specials on the History channel and Discovery channel and whatever other channel there may be. I know a thing or two about ancient Egypt, so it pains me to see parents explaining to their children about Egyptian heaven. There is no Egyptian heaven at least not in the sense that people today believe in it. The worst piece of misinformation came from one mother explaining to her daughter why Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten)changed the religion of Egypt to that of one god, the sun disk. The mother’s answer was that Amenhotep had seen the light and converted to Christianity.

Are you kidding me? Christianity? A religion that, at best, didn’t get a start for another 1300 years. I seriously wanted to reach out and smack the crap out of this woman. I might as well have just interjected and been like, “Excuse me miss but I think you are wrong. You see the Egyptians actually become very tiny people when they die as they pack their crypts with lots of model stuff that can be used when they take on their new role of very tiny people.” At least that explanation makes sense, stupid and false as it is. People, please don’t spend all that money to bring your kids to the King Tut exhibit and then give them false information. Tell them you aren’t sure and buy them a book instead.

2 Comments so far

  1. jen (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 10:02 am

    are you serious? she told her kid the egyptians turned CHRISTIAN?! i think i would have interjected at that point, regardless of the public setting. people like that make me sick; no respect for history, accuracy…i think the whole country should be forced to take one good general anthropology course for some perspective.

  2. Brian (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 4:17 pm

    It WAS the first known example of monotheism in recorded history, so it MUST have been Christianity, right?
    Seriously, though… being that Egyptian mythology had a serious impact on early Judaic culture, you would think that more Christians would be better informed on the historical facts.
    Akhenaten’s reign predates the period that is generally accepted as the time of the Exodus, which means if he were Christian, Christianity predates Judaism. As you said, this woman’s version of the facts is off by at least a thousand years.
    I love this country, but I am often appalled at how misinformed the average American is. We really need ti take education far more seriously in our society.

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