Talking With King Tut – A Humbling Experience by C. L. Lewis Author of The Road to Dendura New Young Adult Fiction, Teen, and Tween Series www.creedgriffon.com

The words, “completely humbling,” come to mind when I think of  my visit to the Rosicrucian Museum and Planetarium in San Jose, California. This is no illusion  –  look at the flea circus  –  type experience. In plain English – the Rosicrucian Museum is the real deal. Once I stepped foot on to the museum grounds it was quite evident that the members of the Rosicrucian society really have a passion for ancient Egypt and its culture. 

My book, The Road to Dendura, delves into Egyptian magic and culture along with modern day issues teens, tweens and young adults struggle with today. Nonetheless, to see such history brought to life up close and personal further fuels my passion to write. Literally, the Rosicrucian Museum makes you feel like you’re walking back in time – and it is quite a phenomenal experience. 

Replica of Akhenaten’s Temple to the Sun god; the Aten
 

I’ll do my best to highlight some of the exhibits, but if you’re an ancient Egyptian fan like myself – you really need to find a way to visit. You won’t be disappointed. ** For now, I’ll briefly cover only part of the exterior grounds in this blog and in the following blogs building up to the staggering exhibits inside. However, I’d like to do justice to the Museum and therefore, we will be putting up a variety of pictures and descriptions of what they have to offer on the Creed Griffon website in the near future.

Museum Exterior: 

Paraded on both sides of the front entrance are criosphinxes, which have the head of a ram and the body of the sphinx/lion. This and the front entrance itself is mirrored after the Temple of Amun at Karnak. Walking down the avenue of sphinxes, up those steps,  and being able to touch those pillars was an incredible experience for me. It felt as though at any moment, King Tut himself might stroll by with an entourage of priests, scribes, and servants. I think one of the things that astounds me most is that ancient Egyptians built such massive edifices by using simple mechanisms such as copper and stone based tools,  levers, wedges, sleds, and ramps. Oh yes – and a lot of manpower.

Museum Entrance

Close up of Rosicrucian Entrance


Thank you for reading, 
 

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum by C. L. Lewis author of the young adult fiction series; The Road to Dendura, The Creed Griffon Series www.creedgriffon.com

I”m very excited about my up and coming visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian museum in San Jose California. As a writer, I feel it’s very important to submerse myself in the world I’m writing about. (The Creed Griffon Series ) San Jose, is not far from me as compared to Egypt or London. Therefore, without having to travel thousands of miles, get a bad passport photo, or ride a camel, there’s no better place to further my knowledge and education about ancient Egyptians – than the Rosicrucian.

The museum is said to be architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amun at Karnak, and houses
the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North
America! I’ve pasted a picture of the museum’s dramatic entrance below. It is absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to see it in person! I’ll be taking many pictures for study purposes as well as posting them for readers – like me – who are captivated by this fascinating civilization. 

                                         Rosicrucian Museum Facebook

  The name of the Rosicrucian is quite a mouthful and tended to inspire a little curiosity in me as to its meaning… For those of you interested, according to Wikipedia the term Rosicrucian is: “a generic term referring to studies or membership within a philosophical secret society said to have been founded in late medieval Germany by Christian Rosenkreuz. It holds a doctrine or theology
“built on esoteric truths of the ancient past”, which, “concealed from
the average man, provide insight into nature, the physical universe and
the spiritual realm.” Rosicrucianism is symbolized by the Rosy Cross.” 

Respectfully,
 

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Pyramid Power – An Egyptian Time Line Carved in Stone by C. L. Lewis author of the young adult fiction series, The Road to Dendura, www.creedgriffon.com


Part 2: A Visual Egyptian Time Line Carved in Stone

In
part one of my last blog, I started a visual time line of the
Giza pyramids for a special reader of mine. She in fact had some very good questions and I hope today – I will have answered them for
her. However, if you would like to take a peek at part one for yourself,
I’ve pasted that link below. 

For those of you unfamiliar with my young adult fiction series, The Road to Dendura, it just so happens to deal with modern day issues mixed with a mystical and magical ancient Egyptian flare! For detailed information on the Creed Griffon series click on this link. I thank you for your interest.

Today,
we’ll end our visual time line with the three most famous pyramids in Egypt.
They are the pyramids located on the Giza plateau. The most famous and
largest of the three is referred to as the great pyramid. It took over a ten to twenty year period to complete and concluded around 2560 BC. The great pyramid was built
for the pharaoh Khufu, also referred to by the Greeks as Cheops.He ruled from 2589 -2566 B.C. Khufu’s
pyramid originally stood approximately 481 feet tall, is the oldest of
the three, and is the only remaining structure of the seven ancient wonders of the
world. Make sure to look at the size of people and cars relative to the pyramid’s size!

On a side note: The pyramids were formed in their famous pyramidal shapes because it was said to mirror the rays of the sun…



The
second largest pyramid at Giza was built for Khufu’s son Khafre during
his reign as pharaoh.He ruled from approximately 2558 to 2532 BC. You can still see a tiny portion of the smooth
limestone cap in place at the pyramid’s peak. Originally, this covering would have once blanketed all
of its sides. Legend says that Khafre, being a good son, did not want to out
do his father’s handiwork. Therefore, he made his own pyramid slightly
smaller. Khafre’s pyramid originally stood approximately 448 feet. *I know that if you look at all three pyramids at once, Khafre’s pyramid may appear taller. However, this is due to an ancient Egyptian optical illusion – being that Khafre’s pyramid was constructed on slightly higher ground. I believe this allowed him to still pay homage to his father, Khufu yet at the same time declare his own power and might!

The
last of the three pyramids was built for the pharaoh Menkaure. His reign began in 2532 and lasted approximately 22 years until 2503. As
you’ve probably guessed, he was the son of Khafre and was Khufu’s grandson.
Following in the tradition of his father, Menakure’s pyramid originally
stood 228 tall. It was one-tenth the size
of Khafre’s. And unlike the other Pyramids, whose exteriors were sheathed in limestone, Menkaure’s pyramid was sheathed
in granite on the bottom levels and in the burial chamber. This was a costlier, more difficult stone to work with. Unfortunately, Menkaure died unexpectedly, and work on his pyramid complex was abandoned as can be seen by the unfinished stone picture below. Menkaure’s heir, Shepseskaf,
most likely completed his predecessors pyramid complex using mud brick. 

There is so much more I’d love to share about ancient Egyptians and their culture!! They are a people that truly amaze me. – But I’ll have to leave that for a different blog. As you can see, this one is getting rather long.  

**If you have a little bit more time and would like to see how papyrus (ancient Egyptian paper ) was made or would like to use an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic typewriter click on this link.

To my special friend Elisha – You’re totally awesome and your enthusiasm for Egypt is incredible! Never let that go! 
 

P.S. I hope I’ve answered all of your questions! 

  

Your friend, 

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