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Ancient Egyptian identity

by Mwanika, Eva Nthoki.

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ANCIENT EGYPTIAN IDENTITY by Eva Nthoki Mwanika This thesis looks at the approaches Afrocentrists and their critics have used in the investigation of ancient Egyptian identity. These scholars’ approach has mainly focused on the Egyptians’ racial characteristics. I argue, however, that this emphasis on the ancient Egyptians’ physiognomy is not only an imposition of a modern term “race” on a people who had a different world view but also that the ancient Egyptian self-perception has been largely ignored. In contrast, based on an analysis of ancient Egyptian art, literature and inscriptions, I propose an approach to ancient Egyptian self-perception within the context of the characteristic of appearance, manner, mind, familial and other social relations that have been ascertained from the historical context of the person in question. Thus this analysis provides an evidence-based, nonanachronistic understanding of the ancients, and concludes that the ancients had a nonracial self-perception and worldview.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ancient egypt identity race self perception egyptians

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