Ancient hieroglyphic slab swallowed up by the Mediterranean around 800AD off the coast of Egypt. Currently the slab is residing in Minneapolis Institute of Art along with other ancient Egyptian objects from the same timeframe.
The slab is the Stele of Thonis-Heracleion and on it is written the Decree of Nectanebo I
The steles were erected shortly after Nectanebo came to power, ca 380 BC.
The stele’s purpose was to use a 10 percent portion of the waterway-use tax (unspecified import tax) for the services of the priests in charge of the temples of the goddess Neith.
A finely engraved lunette adorns the upper third of the steles; the engravings and hieroglyphs are all incised in moderate sunken bas relief. The lunette…Read more
In Thailand, it was considered a capital offense punishable by death if someone touched the queen. in 1880, The queen drowned when her royal boat capsized on the way to the Palace. The many witnesses to the accident did not dare to touch the queen while she was drowning.
Heels were first made by the Persian cavalry to keep stability while shooting arrows. It later became popular in Europe as masculine symbol until 1630 when women followed the fashion. First a military asset then a masculine symbol and now feminine.
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Meet Anis al-Doleh – a Persian princess from the 19th century who, at the age of marriage, received proposals from at least 150 amorous suitors of high nobility. 13 of these rejected men committed suicide because of her refusal to marry them.
Near complete remains of an Iron Age horse drawn chariot found in England. The chariot and the horses were buried with the owner in Arras Culture – chariots were a prestige item, and only a few in society were buried that way. The belief was that the owner would wake up in the otherworld with their chariot, prestige goods, and horses.
Manco Inca (1516-1544) the puppet emperor of the Inca. Parts of the Incan conquest are well-known. The Spanish arrived in Peru to find the empire racked by smallpox and devastated by a civil war, which the Inca Atahualpa had just won. Although outnumbered, Pizarro’s men captured Atahualpa, ransomed him for a room full of gold, and then strangled him anyway, taking control of his empire in the aftermath. Most history books stop there. But they shouldn’t.
After Atahualpa’s death, the Spanish crowned his young brother, Manco, as their puppet emperor. They treated him terribly, with Francisco Pizarro’s brother Gonzalo even abducting and raping his wife.
Little did the Spanish realize that the frightened teenager would s…Read more
Ching Shih (1775-1844) was one of history’s most successful pirates ever. She rose from the ranks of Chinese prostitute to fearsome pirate lord. At her highest she commanded a fleet of over 1,500 ships and 80,000 sailors.
Although little is known about Ching Shih’s early life, historical sources suggest she was born in the Guangdong province of China in 1775 with the birth name ShiI Xiang Gu.
Due to early age poverty she became a prostitute who worked in a floating brothel in Canton. In 1801, Pirate Zhèng Yi, who commanded a fleet of ships called the “Red Flag Fleet,” noticed Ching Shih’s beauty, and wished to be with her.
While the accounts vary as to how they actually came to be together, (some say she was abducted…Read more
A Mongolian prisoner in a box. Until the early 20th century in Mongolia, criminals could be locked up in a wooden box as punishment, sometimes left to die of starvation. This photo was taken in July 1913 by French photographer Albert Kahn and shows the practice in action.
The photo was first published in the 1922 issue of National Geographic under the caption “Mongolian prisoner in a box”. The claim was that the woman was condemned to die of starvation as a punishment for adultery.
The photographer Albert Kahn was a millionaire banker who pioneered color photography. He was traveling the world and was visiting Mongolia where he took this picture of a woman who was left to die.
Initially the bowls on the ground had wat…Read more
In ancient Egypt servants were smeared with honey to attract flies away from the ruling pharaoh. As the story goes, Pharaoh Pepi II Neferkare (Beautiful is the spirit of Ra) loathed buzzing flies around him and would keep naked slaves smeared with honey near him in order to keep them away.
Pepi II belonged to the Sixth Dynasty in Egypt’s Old Kingdom who succeeded to the throne at age six, after the death of Merenre I. Although the records of his death are a little unclear, one document clearly mentions is death in the year 2184 BC.
If these records are to be believed, this meant Pharaoh Pepi II was the longest reigning pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history. Supposedly he ruled for 94 years between 2278 and 2184 B.C. T…Read more
Sokushinbutsu, self mummification, was started by a small japanese sect of buddhists who practiced it from the 1000s to the early 1900s. Although sokushinbutsu was not exclusive to Japan, its origins started here.
Their founder, a monk in the 7th century, claimed he would become immortal as he started his journey into sokushinbutsu – crawled into a cave where he entered a state of meditation that was like a form of suspended animation. His faith dictated how he would emerge millions of years later to usher others to nirvana.
The monk would undergo “tree eating” for 1000 days. Eating nothing but seeds, nuts, roots, things from a tree. After this they abstain from food and drink a limited amount of saltwater for 1000…Read more
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