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"Let me show you the dance of my people."
Pabu, the Acrobatic Cat
Artemis: ”dance of my people” LOL
Photographs and text by Shigeru Yoshida (via: lensculture)
"Praying gives us calm and peace in our hearts. It also brings us hope. We know this in our hearts.
In March 2011, Japan had a big disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake. Right after the major earthquake, the traffic network got blocked. People who suffered from the disaster helped each other.
I heard that many foreign people were surprised to know that the store owners in stricken areas opened their stores and provided food for free to victims who were waiting in line quietly to get the relief supplies. But this didn’t surprise me and other Japanese people at all. I think that this is exactly how Japanese people are.
When I visited the stricken areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami, I saw a lot of people putting their hands together and praying. It seemed everybody, even those who were not victims, was doing so, and very naturally. It’s been more than a year now but they still keep praying.
As for us Japanese, we pray not only to God but also to Nature, such as the sun, seas, trees and rocks. We have also given prayers for our ancestors and people who passed away. We do this naturally, and have been doing this since we were born. Praying is such a thing for Japanese people. We show respect and gratitude for everything in prayer.
As is being proven in the medical world, praying might have a special power. It is said that praying makes plants grow up fast, or works within the human genome with healing power. It is not easy to reveal why praying is so effective, but I am trying to express the hidden energy of prayer in my photographs.” (lensculture.com)
A literary thumbprint is made of the books that have defined your life. What would be in your literary thumbprint?
Artemis: thank you allheartcare and nieuwebegin . :)
Above: Musicians of Amun, Tomb of Nakht, 18th Dynasty, Western Thebes
From Wiki: “The music of Egypt has been an integral part of Egyptian culture since ancient times. The ancient Egyptians credited one of their gods Hathor with the invention of music, which Osiris in turn used as part of his effort to civilize the world. The earliest material and representational evidence of Egyptian musical instruments dates to the Predynastic period, but the evidence is more securely attested in the Old Kingdom when harps, flutes and double clarinets were played. Percussion instruments, lyres and lutes were added to orchestras by the Middle Kingdom. Cymbals frequently accompanied music and dance, much as they still do in Egypt today. Egyptian folk music, including the traditional Sufi dhikr rituals, are the closest contemporary music genre to ancient Egyptian music, having preserved many of its features, rhythms and instruments.
Blind harper, a dancer, and Tawi – the singer with lotus flowers.
Tomb of Nakht, a scribe at the Karnak Temple, and his wife Tawi.
XVIII Dynasty, 1570-1320 BC. New Kingdom, Necropolis at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, The Valley of the Nobles, Western Thebes.
They also played recorders and clarinets. In general, modern Egyptian music blends these indigenous traditions with Turkish, Arabic, and Western elements. Arabic music is usually said to have begun in the 7th century in Syria during the Umayyad dynasty. Early Arabic music was influenced by Byzantine, Indian and Persian forms, which were themselves heavily influenced by earlier Greek, Semitic, and ancient Egyptian music. The tonal structure of Arabic music is defined by the maqamat, loosely similar to Western modes, while the rhythm of Arabic music is governed by the awzan (wazn, sing.), formed by combinations of accented and unaccented beats and rests. Typically ancient Egyptian music is composed from the phrygian dominant scale, phrygian scale, Double harmonic scale (Arabic scale) or lydian scale. The phrygian dominant scale may often feature an altered note or two in parts to create tension. For instance the music could typically be in the key of E phrygian dominant using the notes E, F, G sharp, A, B, C, D and then have a A sharp, B, A sharp, G natural and E to create tension.” Wiki
Musicians and dancers, detail from the tomb of Nebamun, Thebes, Egypt, Dynasty XVIII, ca. 1400–1350 BCE. British Museum, London.
Blind Harper in Tomb of Nakht
From wiki: During the Middle Kingdom (c. 2040–1640 BCE) blind harpists are depicted on tomb walls. The ancient Egyptians were not exclusively interested in the causes and cures for blindness but also the social care of the individual.” Wiki source: The history of special education”, Margret A. Winzer”, p. 463, Gallaudet University Press, 1993, ISBN 1-56368-018-1
… The Ancient Egyptians were the first civilisation to display an interest in the causes and cures for disabilities and during some periods blind people are recorded as representing a substantial portion of the poets and musicians in society. Wiki source: ”Everybody belongs”, Arthur H. Shapiro, p. 152, Routledge, 2000, ISBN 0-8153-3960-7
1854 Woodcut Ancient Egyptian Remeses Harp Musician
Lay of the Harper
'Tis well with this good prince; his day is done,
His happy fate fulfilled… . So one goes forth
While others, as in days of old, remain.
The old kings slumber in their pyramids,
Likewise the noble and the learned, but some
Who builded tombs have now no place of rest,
Although their deeds were great… .
Lo! I have heard The words Imhotep and Hordadaf spake—
Their maxims men repeat… . Where are their tombs?—
Long fallen … e’en their places are unknown,
And they are now as though they ne’er had been.
No soul comes back to tell us how he fares—
To soothe and comfort us ere we depart
Whither he went betimes… . But let our minds
Forget of this and dwell on better things… .
Revel in pleasure while your life endures
And deck your head with myrrh. Be richly clad
In white and perfumed linen; like the gods
Anointed be; and never weary grow
In eager quest of what your heart desires—
Do as it prompts you … until that sad day
Of lamentation comes, when hearts at rest
Hear not the cry of mourners at the tomb,
Which have no meaning to the silent dead.
Then celebrate this festal time, nor pause—
For no man takes his riches to the grave;
Yea, none returns again when he goes hence.
From Egyptian Myth and Legend by Donald Mackenzie, 1907: “One of the most popular Egyptian poems is called “The Lay of the Harper”. It was chanted at the banquets given by wealthy men. “Ere the company rises,” wrote Herodotus, “a small coffin which contains a perfect model of the human body is carried round, and is shown to each guest in rotation. He who bears it exclaims: ‘Look at this figure… . After death you will be like it. Drink, therefore, and be merry.’” The “lay” in its earliest form was of great antiquity. Probably a real mummy was originally hauled through the banquet hall.” via: Sacred Texts
Face Inlay of the Pharaoh Akhenaten
Egypt, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty XVIII, about 1353-1336 BC
Cast, then cold-worked to refine the sculptural quality of the portrait and to create cavities for additional inlays for the eye and eyebrow
Overall H: 4.2 cm, Th: 0.6 cm, Gift of the Ennion Society
Collection of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (^^2012.1.2^^)
I have found a truth
Say not, “i have found the truth,” but rather, “i have found a truth.”
Say not, “i have found the path of the soul.” say rather, “i have met the soul walking upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet
Image: Flow of life Khalil Gibran