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.
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
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
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.