Ra (Re) – The Red Sun God (gks 6)

Egyptian clothing

It is puzzling that ancient Egyptians wore nothing more than a loincloth. Look at any Egyptian relief, whether depicting workers in the field or soldiers following the pharaoh into battle, and you will notice the figures are shown wearing loincloths. Even Hollywood movies and documentaries take their lead from these reliefs and depict the Egyptians in this distinctly odd attire.

Afterlife Sun GodEgypt today has one of the hottest and sunniest climates in the world. During the summer months its average daily sunlight is 12 hours a day; it is incredibly hot and sunny. The intensity of the summer heat is such that it requires the population to cover themselves from head to toe for protection. Even the Egyptian tourist board advises extreme caution against the Egyptian Sun.

If the population of modern Egypt emulated the attire worn by the ancient Egyptians, they would be severely burnt. How was it possible to wear nothing more than a loincloth in such scorching heat? Scholars in an attempt to explain this abnormality have suggested that the artwork depicts an idealistic world. In other words, the ancient Egyptians thought it would be a good idea to depict themselves engaging in battle or otherwise in the most impractical attire possible – attire better suited to a beach in the Bahamas!

Ancient Egyptians RaThis explanation is ridiculous and demonstrates a poor understanding of ancient Egypt. It also raises many questions. Given the hundreds of thousands of carved reliefs and paintings on every temple and tomb façade throughout Egypt, exactly what is real and what is idealised? Are we dealing with a partial thing here? Inasmuch, are some of the pictorial stories presented part real, part idealised? If so, there is something seriously wrong here. For instance, take the numerous battle scenes recounting how pharaoh after pharaoh led vast armies of 20,000 men north into Syria to beat up the enemy, take everything that wasn’t nailed down and return home. These campaigns involved marching for months on end across the scorching Sinai desert. And yet, if the battle annuls are anything to go by, these superhuman feats were carried out wearing nothing more that a loincloth!! Are we to assume the battles took place but the wearing of the loincloth was idealised? This is, just as it sounds, absurd and nonsensical.

Besides, despite the fact that some Egyptologists attempt to dismiss the wearing of a loincloth as idealistic, a little research reveals that the ancient Egyptians did actually wear loincloths or short kilts.

“In general, Egyptian clothing was very simple; men working in the fields or involved in craftwork often wore little more than a loin-cloth or short kilt…” (Shaw & Nicholson, Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, 2002, p 66)

How do we explain this?

The explanation is obvious – the ancient Egyptians wore nothing more than a loincloth because the climate allowed them to.

A veiled red Sun resulted in a totally different climate to that of today. It was a climate devoid of a scorching hot Sun, with no burning rays or intense heat. This twilight world allowed the ancient Egyptians to endlessly work the fields and build great monuments in dedication to the astral monarchy and universal deities. Such activities could be carried out at any time during the day and throughout the year as there was no scorching Sun to impede their work. Temples such as the Vatican of ancient Egypt, the temple complex dedicated to the king of the gods Amun at Karnak, could be worked upon every daylight hour as there was no intense heat.

The loincloth was not an impractical article of clothing. On the contrary, it was totally practical and was dictated by the climate of 4,000 years ago. There was no need to cover oneself from head to toe in protective clothing such as hats, scarves, sunglasses or even sun cream. The hazed red Sun and mild climate lasted for the duration of pharaonic Egypt. I actually believe the climate was very moist and devoid of rain, why? Because the Egyptians had a god of moisture (Tefnut) but no god of rain. In fact, rain was considered bad and referred to as the ‘evil that comes from the sky.’ The only plausible explanation for such a view points to toxic or acid rain i.e. fallout from planetary chaos.

Where’s the Moon?

I find it impossible to leave my Red Sun article without briefly mentioning the moon.

The Moon CaptureIn keeping with childlike observations of Egyptian art you will note the absence of anything resembling a very basic white crescent moon, or a white full Moon, why is this? Why aren’t the basic phases (waxing crescent, first quarter, etc. etc.) of the moon pictorially represented on temple walls, tombs and monuments? All things normal there should be hundreds of thousands of simple white moons (crescent or otherwise) on a par with the ubiquitous red Sun but the fact is there isn’t. Are we to presume the Egyptians ignored the moon in favour of the Sun? No, the Moon is an enigma in ancient times because it was only captured in orbit around the earth some 3,000 years ago!

The Symbol Akhet

(Added: Nov 29, 2010)

Sun God RaAncient Egypt Sun

Above is the Egyptian hieroglyph for horizon (akhet) – the Sun resting in the notch of a mountain. Here we have a pictorial representation that is as good as self-explanatory. Inasmuch, ask folk to describe what they see and most would describe the Sun on the horizon. The akhet glyph clearly demonstrates the Egyptians were very capable of representing exactly what was seen – a red Sun at sunset or sunrise. In the theme of the questions raised above, where’s the daytime Sun? Where’s Ra in full bloom i.e. a golden disk with a full set of sunrays?



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