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Queen Nefertiti

For thousands of years history scholars have tried to uncover the real story behind Nefertiti the queen of Egypt. For some African-Americans, she represents a positive image of black femininity that is contrast to the degrading images of black women that have been and are still seen in the media today.

Queen Nefertiti

However, some recent scholars are now saying that she wasn't necessarily a black African but rather of Syrian descent. This parallels the story of Cleopatra's ethnic origin because some scholars believe that she isn't necessarily a full-blooded Egyptian but rather of mixed Egyptian and Greek heritage.

To other people, Nefertiti represents a woman of great beauty but also a mysterious figure that they know little about. It is very difficult to find out who the real Nefertiti was compared to the current legends and myths that abound about her, and this is probably because there haven't been many artifacts or writings of her that survived following her death.

A good reason for this is because after Akhenaton, her husband died, the new ruling powers may have destroyed a lot of artifacts, and this was because when Akhenaton and Nefertiti ruled Egypt, they made a radical move from traditional polytheism to monotheism. The god Akhenaton forced everyone to worship was Aton, the sun god, and he destroyed all of the temples of the various deities that Egyptians worshipped for decades. This made the priests of those temples as well as the Egyptian people upset. So it's probable that the new dynasty didn't want to continue the same practices as the previous dynasty.

Nefertiti was born around 1390 B.C.E. and her name means "the beautiful one is come." Little is known about her parents, but some scholars believe that her father was Ay, who later became the pharaoh, and her mother was one of his early wives. Nefertiti's future husband, Akhenaton, was the son of Ay and Queen Tiye, so Nefertiti and Akhenaton would be half-siblings.

At fifteen, Nefertiti married Akhenaton and they had six daughters together. As some scholars have noticed from carved pieces of artwork from the time when Nefertiti ruled, it appears that she was an equal ruler with Akhenaton and he had high respect for her as his wife and the queen of Egypt. By the twelfth year of Akhenaton's rule, Nefertiti disappears from records of Egyptian society.

Some scholars believe that this was because she eventually died and another wife replaced her while other scholars believe that this was because there was tension in the royal family and she was banished from the court. But overall, Queen Nefertiti remains one of the most mysterious Egyptian queens in history.

There is a secret you don't know …

Besides the factual Queen Nefertiti biography presented above there is a secret that has just been uncovered from the ancient tombs. And this secret is that Queen Nefertiti, laugh not ye pagan, was involved in one of the very first pyramid schemes.


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