The story behind the Caucasian look of Ramses II
Ramses the II, probably the most popular King of Kemet. He was known by the Greeks of the antiquity as Ozymandias (Ὀσυμανδύας). By his people as Usermaatre Setepenre, meaning “The Maat of Ra is powerful, Chosen of Ra”. He is usually associated with the pharaoh mentioned in the bible. Ramses II left such a great impact because of the length of his reign. He ruled for 66 years, something that was quite uncommon at that time. And that longevity allowed him to build many structures to honor the gods of Kemet and himself. He is one of the most prolific pharaohs of Kemet.
But he is also one of the most controversial pharaohs because of the appearance of his mummy. Ramses’ mummy is usually exhibited everywhere by mainstream scholars, with is blond hair and crooked nose. Features that are used by some scholars and people to promote the idea that the pharaoh was Asiatic in origin. But that statement is difficult to believe because according to the prophecy of Neferti, the pharaohs, rulers of Kemet, had to come from the wombs of African women. In other words, women with Nubian origins, the women of Ta-Seti. The power in ancient Kemet was transferred through the women. That’s why for example, the symbol that represents the goddess Isis/Aset has a throne on her head. That throne represents the fact that she is the one that gives birth to the future heir to the throne of Kemet.
That’s why it is difficult to believe that at some point, during one of the most important moments of the history of Kemet, the people decided to change the traditions. And it’s even more complicated to believe because the 19th dynasty that was founded by Ramses II’s grandfather Ramses I, is the one that will stop the religious changes brought by Pharaoh Akhenaten during the 18th dynasty. During his reign, Akhenaten decided to erase the ancient traditions and brought something new to that civilization. He decided to bring some heavy religious reforms and changes within the artistic conventions of the country that created a lot of troubles. That period is known as the Amarna period. The people had to abandon the ancient gods of Kemet and focus on one single god named Aten.
But Kemet was not a country easy to reform. More than 7 thousands years of existence based on the respect of the traditions would not be easy to reform during one century. And at the end of the 18th dynasty, the last king Horemheb remained childless. He appointed his Vizier, Paramesse, to succeed him upon his death, both to reward Paramesse’s loyalty and because the latter had both a son and grandson to secure Kemet’s royal succession. And we assume that one of the conditions to let Paramesse, the future Ramses I, to access to the throne, was to continue the reforms of a return to the traditions. These reforms started with Akhenaten’s son, King Tut. Horemheb who succeeded to the young Tutankhamen reinforced them.
As you can see, it was a period of back to ancient traditions. Which makes difficult to believe that a country at the height of its power decided to put a foreigner on the throne. And it’s even more difficult to believe when we see the depictions of Paramesse or Ramses I, grandfather of Ramses II and founder of the 19th dynasty. His statue is one of the most hidden ones. It is almost impossible to find any depiction of him on the internet. The following head is the only depiction we have of him. I think that museums are probably hiding it because it is very difficult to convince people that this man is not a black African man.
As stated in the video, Ramses II’s mummy was sent to France in order to be treated against the parasites that were eating it. It may be difficult to believe, but we have several elements to prove that statement. For example, a passport was required in order to allow the mummy to access the airplane. And the Egyptian government created one for Ramses’ body. Something very uncommon. But something very interesting can be seen when one looks at the mummy’s face. The first time I saw that picture, a friend of mine reminded me of something quite unusual. Passport pictures are made the front view. And Ramses’ mummy respected that requirement.
But we noticed that this position was quite rare and unusual for Ramses pictures. We almost never saw him introduced that way before. the most popular depictions of Ramses II are made on side view. A way to reinforce the shape of his crooked nose and maintain the illusion that this man can not be a black African man. But when one looks at his face before the trip, one can notice his full lips and a larger nose. He obviously possessed black African men’s features as we can see on his depictions at his great temple at Abu Simbel.
The lips are full. Knowing that mummies were put in natron, a type of salt which has great drying properties. We can assume that his lips were way fuller than what we can see here.[/nectar_hotspot][nectar_hotspot left=”10.7067%” top=”26.6123%” position=”top”]The Nose is obviously very large with wide nostrils. Something that changed today…
According to some scholars, his nose was modified during the mummification process in order to keep its original shape. And according to the official sources from the French team that took care of the King’s body, it is true. His nose was filled with pepper and resin materials, used to protect the body, but also probably to maintain the wide shape of his nose. But today, it seems like these materials have been removed. We can assume that fact because the mummy’s nose looks completely different from what we saw on the first picture. It looks thinner than before, more caucasian than before.
Ramses is one of the most powerful rulers of Kemet. He was a warrior and enjoyed extending the territory of Kemet. He was worshipped by the Greeks. And we can assume that these facts are probably the motivation behind these body modifications. They could not let that King look like a black African man. It was necessary to completely whitewash his mummy. Today I even wonder if the story about the parasites is true… It is possible that it has been invented in order to whitewash the mummy. But maybe it was true, and that it has been used as an opportunity to modify the king’s body.
We can see that the changes announced by Dr. Diop are true. The mummy was modified. The appearance of his hair also changed if we refer to the oldest pictures. Most depictions of the king show an African man with strong African or tropical features. But today his mummy looks completely different. This should teach us on how to look at the ancient mummies and artifacts of Kemet. Many modifications occurred and museums don’t mention it. And this led people to misinterpretations because they believe that what they see, is the original state of the mummy or the artifact. We have to look at it with caution if we don’t want to be fooled. The people of Kemet were true Africans and we will keep reminding you that fact.
The more I look at these artifacts the more I notice the modifications. At some point, it will become impossible for future generations to believe that these ancient Kings and Queens looked exactly like them. If we don’t react now, we risk losing our history. The features of the pharaohs were extremely tropical. But today, everywhere we can only see them portrayed as Europeans or middle easterners people. We decided to start a project to save the memory of the ancestors and bring them back to life digitally for us but especially for the next generations. If you believe that this is important, please don’t forget to support us on Patreon or on Paypal.
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