Friday, October 14, 2011

How to Be an Egyptian Queen to Others


Egyptian queens were said to be clever and beautiful, but most of all incredibly powerful. People belived they were godesses. Here are a few tips to make sure that your friends and family recognise that, deep down, you are an Egyptian Queen too.

Steps

  1. Look the part. Float around in a white tunic, strappy sandals and dozens of bracelets. Most female pharaohs also wore a false beard - that's one tradition you might want to avoid. Egypt was a hot country, so nudity was completely normal and even royalty wore as little as possible. Your clothing should be made of linen or cotton and very light. If you can get away with it, don't wear a top.
  2. Wear lots of make-up. Especially lots of heavy black eyeliner (learn to apply kohl) and a little bit of green eyeshadow. Male and female Egyptians wore eye makeup to repel flies. The green color comes from malachite powder. Personal appearance was so important that jars of makeup were put in tombs so the dead would have them in the next life. Even poor people were buried with a little makeup!
  3. Use cinnamon, lily, lotus and myrrh essential oils as perfume and deodorant.
  4. Insist on writing everything in hieroglyphs on rolls of papyrus. This will probably take a while, but if you actually learn how to read and write hieroglyphs, that's a very impressive and unique skill!
  5. Request a pet goose for your next birthday. Failing that, a cat is just as good or better. Cats were sacred in Egypt. A cat or two is almost required for Egyptian royalty.
  6. Avoid the risk of being poisoned by rivals who are eager to get their hands on your crown. Get a slave to taste your food before you eat anything (a younger brother is ideal). Tell the person who cooked your food that you don't mean to be rude but you just can't risk it.
  7. Build an obelisk in the garden. This is a narrow, tall, stone monument with a pyramid shape at the top. It should have your name and good deeds carved upon it.
  8. Also have a small pond installed in the garden, and have blue lotuses planted in it.
  9. Create a cartouche. This is a seal with your name in hieroglyphics surrounded by an oval. There are sealing wax shops that create seals to order that will be happy to make this up for you.
  10. Demand that four friends pick up your chair and carry you whenever you pop to the shops. Even better, get carried around on a big golden throne. People will probably not listen to you, and some might even get annoyed, but it is the demanding that will show people you actually believe you're a queen.
  11. Bathe in milk. Maybe it isn't such a good idea to fill the whole bath up with loads of milk - just add a cup full to the water. You can also purchase bulk dry milk powder and add that to your baths. Cleopatra also used rose petals and essential oil.
  12. Go to kemet.org to learn the gods and goddesses of Egypt and how to worship them. Egyptian royalty were also the high priests and priestesses. Paying proper respect to the gods sets a good example to your adoring subjects.
  13. Don't forget to arrange to be mummified after you die. Once you have gone to your reward in the garden of Ra, your body will need to be preserved in a nice tomb. Lots of gifts, food and everyday supplies should be buried with you so you can take them to the next life. Your subjects can lay offerings at your tomb and pray to you long after you're gone.

Tips

  • Egyptian Queens often had to marry their brothers - this is a tradition you should probably ignore!

Warnings

  • This will get very annoying to your peers after a while.

How to Bathe Like Cleopatra

Cleopatra, the ancient queen of Egypt, was said to bathe in milk. Although this might sound silly at first, she bathed in milk because it softens your skin.

Steps

  1. Fill the bathtub up with water.
  2. Add about 6 cups of milk to the water. Swish and swirl it around so that the water becomes white.
  3. Get in the bath. You should stay in for about ten minutes.
  4. Rinse with clean, clear water.

Tips

  • You don't have to use 6 cups, but make sure you use no less then 4 cups and no more than 8 cups.
  • Bathing in milk may seem gross, but it really isn't! It softens your skin, it's calming, and you rinse it off when your done anyway.
  • If you want, you can add a little bit of honey (1/4 teaspoon at the least and 1/2 cup at the most). You don't have to add honey because it's sticky and can be kind of gross.
  • You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the bath if you want.

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How to Play Senet

Senet or (senat) may be the oldest board game in the world, although it is impossible to prove which game is the oldest. The oldest remnants of any ancient board game ever unearthed are those of senet, found in Predynastic and First Dynasty burials of Egypt, circa 3500 BC and 3100 BC respectively.[1] Senet is a game for two players. The ancient Egyptians played it by using sticks instead of dice.

Steps

  1. The sticks are thrown, and the number of sticks facing up tells you how many spaces to move ahead. If all the pieces have the "marked" side up it's a five. Every marked side that shows, it's a high number you move.
  2. Pieces are moved around the board starting on the top row. You move around the board in an "S" pattern.
  3. If you throw a one, four, or five, you get an extra turn. Throw the sticks again.
  4. You can't land on one of your own pieces.
  5. If you land on the other player's piece, you switch places with them. However, you can't switch with them if they have two or more pieces in a row.
  6. If the other player has three or more pieces in a row, you can't pass them.
  7. Some squares are "safe" squares and some are "danger" squares.
    • You can not swap with your opponent if they are on a "safe" square.
    • If you land on the "House of Water" square, you must move back to the "Square of Rebirth".
  8. The first player to get all of their pieces off the board wins the game. ENJOY!!!
  9. It's not very complicated. It's just like the game "Lodo" which is played by some countries in Asia like Pakistan. In America, it's called trouble. It's originally played by a dice in a cup and it looks different, too. Look it up online.

Things You'll Need

  • Six Sticks
  • Senet/Senet Pieces
  • Senet/Senet Game Board

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Sources and Citations

How to Build a Karel Drbal Pyramid

Karel Drbal’s pyramid is based on the Khufu, or Cheops, pyramid at Giza in Egypt. Many people believe, and have tried to prove, that this shape has special powers including the ability to sharpen razor blades and cure ills.

Steps

  1. Cut four equilateral triangles from heavy paper or cardboard. The dimensions can be changed depending on what size you need, as long as all sides are equal length.
  2. Construct a pyramid by taping the sides together.
  3. (Optional) Make a false floor that fits inside the pyramid without lifting it up anywhere.
  4. Align the pyramid so that the baselines point at magnetic north and south. Use a traditional compass to find these directions.

Tips

  • Test the Power of the Pyramid:
    1. Put as many used razor blades as you wish on the false floor of the pyramid so that they point east to west. Leave the razor blades overnight and see if they have gotten any sharper by being in the pyramid.
    2. Some people claim the shape has the power to dehydrate organic material. Flowers are a good test of this claim. Place fresh, live flowers inside the pyramid for 24 to 48 hours and see if they dry out.
    3. It is also important that the dimensions of the pyramid scale with that of the real Giza Pyramid. If your familiar with ratios, an easy formula is as follows:
A = The smaller scaled number
B = The actual full-size number (from the actual dimensions of Giza)
P = The smaller percentage you're trying to figure out
100 = The full percentage (100%)
The formlua is like this:
A = P
- -
B = 100
We'll figure out what 20% of 1000 is...
For example...
A = 20
- --
1000 = 100
... We need 100 x A, and 1000 x 20 to cross-ratio
100A = 20000
---- -----
100 = 100
... Because 100 cannot multiply a letter, we need to divide by 100 because it is the coefficient of A, in order to determine the actual value of A... So A equals 20000 divided by 100
20000/100 = 200, so A = 200, therefore 200 is 20% of 1000, (go ahead check it on a calculator)

Warnings

  • Some people suggest sleeping in a larger version of such a pyramid, but there are conflicting reports about this: some people experience nightmares and are dehydrated by the experience. Others say that they are rejuvenated and filled with energy.
  • The pyramid must align exactly to magnetic north-south, so don't forget to take the magnetic declination of your particular locality into consideration.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Strong card
  • Pen or pencil
  • Glue or sticky tape


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How to Make an Egyptian Puff Pastry Dessert

An easy to make, milk dessert. Sweet and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1 liter fresh full cream milk
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • Half a cup of raisins/ sultanas
  • a quarter cup of sliced almonds
  • 300 grams of whipped cream
  • 2 and a half cups of white sugar
  • 7-8 sheets of cooked pastry (A 300 gram pack of pastry will be ideal)

Steps

  1. Cook pastry in oven until light brown and crispy.
  2. Once the pastry is ready, remove and keep aside for later use.
  3. Boil milk in a suitable pot.
  4. As the milk starts to cool, add sugar and mix well.
  5. Add cinnamon powder, raisins or sultanas and sliced almonds into the sweetened milk mixture.
  6. Mix well and allow this milk mixture to come to a boil for the second time.
  7. Now leave this mixture aside for later use.
  8. Break the cooked pastry into small pieces and add to a baking tray or a glass casserole.
  9. Pour hot milk over the pieces of puff pastry.
  10. Allow to settle.
  11. Now pour whipped cream over the milk and puff pastry mixture, such that the entire surface is covered with whipped cream.
  12. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the cream turns brown in color.
  13. Remove from oven.
  14. This dessert can be served hot, or allowed to cool before serving.





How to Make Egyptian Palace Bread

Egyptian Palace Bread is a delicious dessert.

Ingredients

  • 10 slices of firm white bread
  • Slice french bread & leave crust on it.
  • 2 cups honey
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream or use can of whip cream

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Remove crusts from the bread.
  3. Soak the slices of bread in the honey for at least half an hour.
  4. Lightly grease a small deep baking dish.
  5. Pile the slices of bread evenly using a spatula, placing one on top of another, in the baking dish.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Place into the fridge and leave to chill.
  8. Serve by cutting into slices and topping with heavy cream.

Tips

  • For a single serve, use only 3-4 slices of bread and bake at a lower temperature.

Warnings

  • Let dessert cool for at least 15 minutes before eating, as the inside will be hot.
  • Always wear oven mitts when handling hot dishes.
  • Don't give honey to children under the age of 1 yrs old.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven mitts
  • Small deep baking dish
  • Spatula