History, or Herstory rather, refuses to let a good woman be kept down. It is the start of the New Year and already there have been many pleasant surprises, one in the form of a Queen. Earlier this week the Minister of Antiquities announced the discovery of the tomb of 5th Century Queen Khentkaus III, wife of Neferefre. The findings occurred at Abu Sir in Egypt. The Luxor Times reports that the discovery was made “during the excavations of the Czech Institute of Egyptology directed by Dr. Miroslav Barta. “ Archaeologists are excited, as little information is had for this particular period. The excavation findings include funerary pots, tools of copper and inscriptions for this “(wife)mother of the king.” In addition to the tomb there was also a separate shrine area for offerings. They found offerings, pots, and inscriptions … but what about the Queen herself ? A post by International Business Times states “Unfortunately Khentkaus III’s mummy is no where to be found, either due to looting in ancient times or from being moved by priests in antiquity to prevent her body from being destroyed. “ Despite the powerful female legacy of this woman, something has been, and is literally lacking.
The Pharaoh That Wouldn’t Be Forgotten
This is a fascinating topic, that will hopefully unfold more in the future. I am excited both as an anthropologist and as a priestess, for the legacy of the primal feminine pioneered by women like Queen Khentkaus III, Queen Hatshepsut, and Queen Nzinga are vital to us all. Stay tuned to the Voodoo Universe to see where history may take us next !