". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Eternal, Immortal Egypt

Ancient Egypt is eternal because they had the best make-up and design and had it first and had it longest.

That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

Plus, the Ancient Egyptians seem to be the first to understand  the fundamental feline character

is divine.

They also dressed sensibly for their climate, in clothes woven from sensible textiles.

However, Himself and I got into a long discussion at dinner Friday night, after leaving the museum: he seems to believe in Egypt the Eternal and Unchanging. I cannot understand how he could, after the very many times we have walked through the galleries of the old, middle and new kingdoms of Ancient Egypt, in the Met, the Brooklyn Museum, the British Museum and some others.  The dynamics of art and design change over the centuries and millennia, so other things do too.

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