Ancient writings indicate that there was a time when Egypt was ruled by mortals before the Kingdom of the Pharaohs. These mysterious beings, called Gods or Demigods in ancient Egypt, ruled over the land for thousands of years.
The Turin King List remains a mystery.
The Turin King List (Ramesside medieval scripturalcanon) is the Turin King List. A “canon”, or collection, is a group or set of general laws. This phrase comes from a Greek word meaning “rule” or’measuring stick.
The Turin King List is one of the most important ancient Egyptian king lists. Despite its extensive damage, it still contains valuable material that Egyptologists can use and matches Manetho’s historical collection of ancient Egypt.
The Turin King List has been discovered.
The Turin Royal Canon Papyrus is written in an ancient Egyptian cursive form called hieratic and was bought at Thebes by Bernardino Drovetti (Italian diplomat, explorer) during his 1822 visit to Luxor.
The parchment arrived in Italy partially intact in a wooden box. But the parchment had been broken into pieces, so it had to be reassembled.
Jean-Francois Champollion was a French Egyptologist who assembled the 48 first pieces (1790-1832). Gustavus Seyfarth, an American and German archaeologist joined together 100 fragments (1796-1885). Historians are constantly searching for missing parts in the Turin King List.
Giulio Farina was the museum’s director. He conducted one of the most important restorations in 1938. Gardiner, a British Egyptologist and a sculptor, suggested a different arrangement of the fragments in 1959. This included the newly discovered parts in 2009.
The Turin King List is now comprised of 160 fragments. Two critical parts are missing from the list: the preface section and the conclusion section. According to some sources, the introduction section will contain the name of Turin King List’s Scribe.
What is a king list?
The Ancient Egyptian King Lists are lists that preserve the names of ancient Egyptian royalty in a certain order. These lists were often requested by Pharaohs to show the age of their royal blood. They list all pharaohs in an uninterrupted succession (a dynasty).
Although this method may seem to be the most effective way of documenting the reigning pharaohs initially, it was not accurate. Ancient Egyptians were known for hiding information or embellishing information that made them look good.
Legend says that these lists were created for “ancestor worship” and not historical knowledge. Keep in mind that ancient Egyptians believed that the pharaoh would be reincarnated of Horus on Earth and would then be connected with Osiris upon his death.
Egyptologists used these lists to reconstruct the most coherent historical record possible by comparing them with other data and comparing them to one another. We know the following King Lists so far:
Thutmosis III’s Royal List From Karnak
Abydos: Sety I’s Royal List
The Palermo Stone and the Abydos Kinglist of Ramses II.
The Royal Canon at Turin (Turin King List).
Inscriptions of Wadi Hammamat on rocks
What is the difference between the Turin King List and the Turin Royal Canon in Egyptology?
The other lists were all written on durable surfaces such as rocks, temple walls, tombs, and temple walls. One list stood out though: the Turin King List. Also known as the Turin Royal Canon. It was inscribed on papyri written in hieratic script. It measures approximately 1.7 meters long.
Contrary to other lists, the Turin King List contains all rulers, even minors. It tracks the duration of reigns.
This list of pharaohs was probably compiled during Ramesses II’s reign, the 19th dynasty ruler. It dates back to King Menes and is the most complete and current list. This list does not just include the names of the Kings, as most lists do. It also contains useful information such:
– The duration of each king’s rule in years and months.
It also contains the names of kings who were not included on any previous king lists.
It arranges Kings geographically and not chronologically.
– The list even includes the names of Egypt’s Hyksos rulers.
It dates back to an odd time when Egypt was ruled by legendary monarchs and gods.
This is the last point, which is a fascinating and unresolved aspect to Egypt’s historical history. The Turin Royal Canon contains the most controversial and controversial sections. It describes the story about Gods, Demigods or Spirits of Dead who ruled for thousands of year.
According to the Turin King List Gods, Demigods, or Spirits of The Dead ruled for thousands years.
Mena or Menes was Egypt’s first “human ruler”, as Manetho says. This date is approximately 4,400 BC. “Moderns” have naturally changed this date for more recent dates. After deviating slightly from the Nile’s route, this king founded Memphis, establishing a temple worship there.
According to R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, Egypt was previously ruled by Gods or Demigods.
…the Turin Papyrus, found in the register documenting the Reign of the Gods. The last two lines of the column read: “Venerables Shemsu Hor, 13,420 years; Reigns prior to the Shemsu Hor, 23,200 years; Total 36.620 years.”
The two last lines of the column are very intriguing. They seem to be a record of the whole record.
These timelines are discredited because modern materialistic science can’t acknowledge the physical presence Gods and Demigods being kings. However, the timeline of “Long List of Kings” is (partially?) documented in numerous reputable historical sources, which include other Egyptian King Lists.
Manetho’s description for the mysterious Egyptian kingdom.
We can only allow Manetho the chief priest of Egypt’s cursed temples to speak for himself. Then we will have to look at the manuscripts that contain fragments of his work. One of the most important is the Armenian version Eusebius’ Chronica. It starts by telling us it is “from Manetho’s Egyptian History, which was written in three books.” These relate to the Gods and Demigods as well the Spirits of The Dead.
Eusebius begins by reciting Manetho’s Ennead of Heliopolis. It primarily consists of the Ennead of Heliopolis gods Ra (Osiris, Isis), Horus Set and so forth. These were the first rulers of Egypt.
“The throne passed in unbroken succession from one to the other… for 13,900 Years Demigods were the rulers for 1255 year; another line of kings was elected for 1817 year; another line for 1817; 30 more kings were elected for 1790, and 10 kings for 350 years. ruled for 5813 year.
This totals 24,925 years. Manetho, for instance, is believed to have supplied the staggering figure of 36.525 years to Egypt’s entire civilisation span, from the time when the Gods existed down to the end (and final) dynasty, mortal monarchs.
What did Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian discover about Egypt’s mysterious past?
Manetho’s description is supported by many classical writers. Diodorus Siculus was a Greek historian who visited Egypt in first century BC. C.H. C.H.
Diodorus did, however, not try to force his views and beliefs onto the material he had collected. He is therefore valuable to us, as he had among his sources Egyptian priests whom he inquired about the mysterious past of their country. Diodorus was informed the following:
“At first, heroes and gods controlled Egypt for just under 18,000 years. Horus, the son Isis, was the last god to rule …” They claim mortals have ruled their kingdom less than 5000 years.”
Herodotus: What discoveries did he make about Egypt’s mysterious history?
Herodotus was a great Greek historian and lived long before Diodorus. He visited Egypt in the fifth century BC. He is believed to have spoken with priests and was also able to hear tales about the presence of an advanced civilisation in Nile Valley at an unknown time in distant antiquity.
Herodotus describes these legends about an immense prehistoric period of Egyptian culture in Book II. The same document also contains a specific piece that the priests from Heliopolis have passed to him.
“During that time, they claimed, the sun rose four times from his usual place – twice rising to where he now sets, twice rising to where he now rises.”
Zep Tepi – The ‘First Time’ in Egyptian Historical History
The Ancient Egyptians claimed that Zep Tepi was their First Time, the time when the gods governed the land.
They claim it was a glorious age in which the waters of the abyss receded. The primordial darkness was gone.
– Humanity was able to become its own entity and it was given the gift of civilization.
They also mentioned the Urshu (a group of lesser divinities whose names meant “the Watchers”). They also kept a clear memory of the gods, the powerful and beautiful beings known as The Neteru. These gods coexisted and exercised authority from Heliopolis, and other sanctuaries along Nile.
Although some Neteru were females, others were male. However, all had a range of magical abilities that included the ability to transform into animals, humans, birds, reptiles and trees or any other plant at will. Paradoxically, their actions and words seem to have echoed human preoccupations and feelings. They were also thought to be more intelligent and powerful than people, but could still become ill, kill or become disabled under certain circumstances.
If the Turin Canon Papyrus hadn’t been preserved, what would we have known about the “First Time?”
It is tempting to look at the fragments that survived. We read, for instance, the names and addresses of ten Neteru in one register. Each name was written in a cartouche (oblong enclosure), in much the same way as it was used for Egypt’s historical monarchs. Although the majority of these numbers are missing from the text, it was mentioned that each Neter was supposed to have reigned for at least five years.
Another column contains a list listing the mortal monarchs that ruled in Egypt, both in the upper and lower, after the Gods, but prior to the claimed unification under Menes.
The remaining fragments indicate that nine dynasties of these pre-dynastic Egyptian pharaohs were documented, including the Venerables from Memphis and the Venerables in the North. Finally, there was the Shemsu Hor, which is the Companions or Followers of Horus, who ruled up to the time of Menes.
Another king list, the Palermo Stone, deals with prehistoric ages as well as fabled Egyptian Kings. It doesn’t go back as far as the Turin Canon Papyrus but it has information that cast doubt on our traditional history.