Looted Ancient Egyptian Artifacts are Returning Home

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Coffin of Shesepamuntayesher, mummified 2600 years ago (National Geographic) Coffin of Shesepamuntayesher, mummified 2600 years ago (Source: National Geographic)

It is true: some ancient Egyptian artifacts smuggled into the US are returning home. For many years, people looted the graves of pharaohs in Egypt and smuggled their finds by express shipping to the US (and other countries – particularly in Europe). Excerpt of an article in National Geographic reads:

Some 2,600 years ago, an Egyptian woman named Shesepamuntayesher was mummified and laid to rest in an elaborate three-part coffin to ensure the continuation of her life force and the beginning of an eternal afterlife.

Stylized face of Shesepamuntayesher depicted on her coffin (Source: National Geographic) Stylized face of Shesepamuntayesher depicted on her coffin (Source: National Geographic)

Shesepamuntayesher’s afterlife has unfortunately included a trip to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and an ignominious stop in a garage in Brooklyn, New York. On Wednesday, thanks to a five-year investigation by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the empty…

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Ancient Civilizations of Southern Africa: The Kingdom of Mapungubwe

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Map of Mapungubwe Map of the area including the Kingdom of Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe to the north- and the whole Kingdom of Zimbabwe (sahistory.org.za)

After talking about the origin of the name of the country Zimbabwe, named after Great Zimbabwe, the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe which flourished in southern Africa from the 13th to 17th century, I thought it only wise to talk about some of the kingdoms that flourished in that area, starting with the Kingdom of Mapungubwe, a predecessor to the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. The Kingdom of Mapungubwe was a rich iron age civilization that flourished in the area of modern-day Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa, from the 10th to the 13th century AD. It was a pre-colonial state located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers. The kingdom’s development culminated in the…

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5 Interviews With Psychopaths That Will Make You Feel Less Crazy

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So the first thing you want to do is trademark your “stage” name right? Not so fast! Hold your horses there Grandmaster B! What you need isn’t a trademark. You need a service mark! A trademark and a service mark are two different things.

We’ve explained what a trademark is so what is aservice mark? The United States Patent and Trade Office defines a service mark as: “a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. They go on to say: The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

That’strue. So “Paperkrow” you ask, “Why have you taken the time to separate trademarkfrom service mark on this glorious blog?” Why children? Because we love you. You see, this is not…

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The Orisha, Who Do You Most Identify With?

Lukumi People

In the Yoruba based religions, the Orisha are angelic emanations of The Creator (God Almighty) manifesting through nature. To put it simply, God created the universe and everything in it. God then manifested bits of himself creating lesser gods or guardian angels, governing over the various forces of nature. So yes, for every force of nature, there is a spiritual being governing it.

In “The Religion,” first come the Egun (Ancestors). Those who came before us who are related to us by blood. Along with our Egun are our Spirit Guides. Next come Elegba (Eleggua) who opens the path, and The Warriors (Ogun, Oshosi, and Osun). Following are the Orisha (Your Guardian Orisha). Then comes God Almighty. “The Religion” like all spiritual paths is about elevation. The Ancestors, The Orisha, The Creator. Getting back in tune with nature.

These are the seven most worshiped Orishas of the Yoruba, the Ifa…

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This post has been twenty-five years in the making. It’s long, but BOY I’m happy writing it!

Steven Barnes

Was it David Brin who said that a century kicks in after 12 years?  Well, I’m starting to think that the new millennium is kicking in, only 15 years after the formal date.   I’m going out on a limb: I predict that Will Smith’s “Focus” will be the first film to feature a non-white male star in a sexual relationship/love scene that breaks the 100 million barrier domestic.


Some thoughts on this, because I would LOVE to close the door on this particular issue.


When I was a kid, I noticed that there were few black folks in SF/Action films, and when they were there, they generally didn’t survive. Worse still, they often died protecting white people.  And no, if white people didn’t die as readily protecting them, this was no compliment: it was a measure of perceived or desired value on the part of the artists and audiences…

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Papyrus Ebers: One of the World’s Oldest Medical Document

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Ebers Papyrus - remedy of cancer Ebers Papyrus – remedy for cancer

Today, we will be talking about the Papyrus Ebers or Ebers Papyrus, which is among the oldest and mostimportantmedicalpapyri of Ancient Egypt and of the world. This papyrus is a medical papyrus of herbal knowledge, and dates back to c.1550 BC. It is believed to have been copied from earlier texts. It is 110-page scroll, and is about 20 m long. It is among the world’s oldest preserved medical documents.

From c. 33rd century BC until Persian invasion in 525 BC, Egyptian medicine remained one of the world’s most advanced, and was used in some non-invasive surgery, setting of bones, and an extensive set of pharmacopeia. Even Homer of the Odyssey recognized this when he said, “In Egypt, the men are more skilled in medicine than any of human kind

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