By Eduardo Galeano
The unofficial background of the area seen—and reflected to us—through the eyes and voices of history's unseen, unheard, and forgotten, over 5000 years of historical past.
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In the art of writing as in everything else, the first step is what counts. Any beginning is a grand moment in life, so Ganesha teaches, and the first words of a letter or a book are as fundamental as the first bricks of a house or a temple. OSIRIS Egyptian scripture tells us the story of the god Osiris and his sister Isis. Osiris was murdered in one of those family quarrels that occur frequently on earth and in the heavens, then he was quartered and scattered in the depths of the Nile. Isis, his sister and lover, dove down and collected the pieces.
From there, our ancestors set out to conquer the planet. Many paths led them to many destinies, and the sun took care of handing out colors from the palette. Now the rainbow of the earth is more colorful than the rainbow of the sky. But we are all emigrants from Africa. Even the whitest of whites comes from Africa. Maybe we refuse to acknowledge our common origins because racism causes amnesia, or because we find it unbelievable that in those days long past the entire world was our kingdom, an immense map without borders, and our legs were the only passport required.
Thus was the modest self-portrait of Hatsheput, the eldest daughter of Tuthmosis. ” Queens were the women of kings, but Hatsheput was unique, the daughter of the sun, the greatest of the great. This pharaoh with tits used a man’s helmet and mantle, wore a stage-prop beard, and gave Egypt twenty years of prosperity and glory. The little nephew she raised, who learned from her the arts of war and good government, wiped out all memory of her. He ordered the usurper of male power erased from the list of pharaohs, her name and image removed from paintings and stellae, and the statues she had erected to her own glory demolished.
Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano