Painting of an ancient Egyptian woman being served beer.

Provocative Yet Sacred: The Ancient Egyptian Festival of Drunkenness

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Featured Image: Painting of an ancient Egyptian woman being served beer. Source: Morbid Anatomy

By Wu Mingren


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I thought the hematite being mixed with alchohal to have the appearance of blood was very interesting. I can totally see the fertility being mixed in with this because when crops get harvested there are usually festivals around this event, beer was made from malt and barley. Malt extract is a wheat product. It is really interesting to note in christianity the alchohal was wine and bread was also ate at the last supper. Could this be a simmilar concept with different names. 

Troy Mobley

Analysed ice core samples extracted from Antarctica indicate elevated levels of cosmogenic Beryllium-10 (10Be) occurring within Egypt’s Predynastic Middle Period – Nagada ll, (3600 – 3200 BC).

Beryllium-10 is created by the interaction of cosmic ray particles within earth’s atmosphere.

One of the results of an increase in cosmic ray activity interacting with earth will be an increase of Beryllium-10 where in about two years, it will settle from the atmosphere and take residence in the polar ice caps where its intensity can be verified and also when the cosmic bombardment occurred.

Ice core samples show Earth, during this dynasty, was heavily bombarded by cosmic rays, twice - firstly around 3200 BC and then again about 3000 BC.

The “Third Eye” was commonly described by ancient sages who had “experienced the divine light”.

Could this divine light have been the interpreted visualization of an extreme cosmic outburst and why the Pharaoh’s role (Abrams, 2006) was to maintain the balance of the cosmos and his realm through the preservation of past and present cosmic events?

The Egyptian secular artistic style during this dynasty, changed during the time of their last encounter with extreme cosmic rays.

The artistic styled they adapted remained unchanged for the next 3000 years perhaps due to this extreme cosmic event.

I believe the comments made by G J Leale, about the “disorientation from cosmic radiation” need to be examined in greater detail. His explanations are quite convincing.

… For additional information, google “Dr. Paul LaViolette + Beryllium-10”, and his “galactic superwave theory”.

Without scientific data, conclusions remain conjecture.

The main property of ground hematite is actually magnetic when mixed with other materials such as copper. Hematite itself is antiferromagnetic - Antiferromagnetism is when the electrons within a material coalesce, forming a chain of oppositely charged particles, even though the material as a whole does not appear to have any magnetic quality. Antiferromagnetism means that the electrons within the material do not align themselves with the same magnetic polarity. Even within the specific domains, the material does not display any magnetic qualities. As a result of the electrons not aligning themselves in the same polarity, they cancel each other out with the specific chain of electrons. It seems the ancient Egyptians knew about iron powder metallurgy and thus they ground the hematite and used it to "deflect" or neutralise the electromagnetic field of Hathor (or what was described as Hathor - possible a field of radiation/cosmic rays from a celestial event?).
In the caves of Lascaux, there are paintings showing the celestial Bull - this we know because the dots in the paintings are identical to the Pleiades and the eye of the Bull is Alcyone, the star which magnetically drakes the entire solar system in tis wake according to ancient sources.
So this festival is not really about drunkeness at all. And it has absolutely no connection to fertility of land or anything else. Any state of "drunkeness" was likely a side effect of the magnetic event at such scale -e.g disorientation from cosmic radiation and subsequent festivities to celebrate the diversion of a disaster.

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Slew and slayed are sometimes seen as interchangeable, but you are right that slew is the more accepted term. We have made the change. Thank you.

The correct past tense of slay is slew, not slayed.

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