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9781591434450

The First Female Pharaoh

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    9781591434450

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    1591434459

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  • Copyright: 2023-04-25
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Summary

The cult, magic, reign, and resurrection of the first female ruler in Egypt

• Reveals the achievements of Sobekneferu, the political and religious issues of her age, the temples and ruins associated with her, and her continuing impact on ancient Egypt after her reign

• Discusses Sobekneferu’s magical beliefs and practices centered on the crocodile god Sobek, the hippo goddess Neith, and their representation as constellations

• Examines the modern-day resurrection of Sobekneferu among mystics and occultists of Victorian London, including her role in Bram Stoker’s shocking gothic novel, The Jewel of the Seven Stars

Cleopatra. Nefertiti. Hatshepsut. All of them are ancient Egyptian female rulers who rose above their predominantly patriarchal societies to become controllers of a great empire. Missing from this list, however, is Sobekneferu, ancient Egypt’s first female ruler. Why was the reign of this powerful woman all but forgotten?

Piecing together the lost history of the first female pharaoh, Andrew Collins presents the first comprehensive biography of Sobekneferu. Using every text and monument that concerns Sobekneferu and her time in power, he examines her achievements as ruler, the political and religious issues of her age, the temples and ruins associated with her, and her continuing impact on ancient Egypt after her reign. He explores her relationship with her brother Amenemhat IV, her sister Neferuptah, and their father Amenemhat III, regarded as one of the most beloved pharaohs of the Middle Kingdom. He examines Sobekneferu’s untimely end, the fate of her body, and the cult that developed in her name.

Discussing Sobekneferu’s magical beliefs and practices, Collins shows how they centered on the crocodile god Sobek, the hippopotamus goddess Neith, and Sekhmet, the goddess presiding over divine power. He reveals also how Sobekneferu’s suspected pyramid was positioned to align with the setting of Eltanin, the brightest star in the constellation of Draco, seen in ancient Egypt as the celestial form of Sobek. Examining the modern-day resurrection of Sobekneferu among the occultists and mystics of Victorian London, Collins shows how she is the true inspiration behind every ancient Egyptian female queen who comes back to life after her tomb is found—as featured first in Bram Stoker’s shocking 1903 novel The Jewel of Seven Stars and later in several modern blockbuster movies.
Revealing how Sobekneferu has left a lasting impact on culture and occulture through the ages despite being nearly erased from history, Collins shows how her continuing legacy is perhaps, ultimately, her true resurrection.

Author Biography

Andrew Collins is a science and history writer who investigates advanced civilizations in prehistory. He is the co-discoverer of a massive cave complex beneath the Giza plateau, now known as “Collins’ Cave.” He is the author of several books, including Origins of the Gods and Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods. He lives in Essex, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword: History Is Made of Discoveries
By Jan Summers Duffy

Acknowledgments

Preface: The Knowing of Sobekneferu


PART 1
Discovering Sobekneferu

1 Female Pharaohs
2 Ruler of the Two Lands
3 Sobekneferu—The Story As We Know It
4 The Woman behind the Pharaoh
5 The Cult of Sobekneferu
6 Sobekneferu and the Heb Sed Mystery

PART 2
Road to Destiny

7 Sobekneferu in Canaan
8 The Vengeful Goddess
9 Divine Right to Rule

PART 3
Seeds of Destruction
10
The Sister of Sobekneferu
11 The King’s Daughters
12 Fate of the Dynasty
13 Sibling Rivalry
14 Flawed Visions
15 The Fall of Egypt

PART 4
Regicide

16 The Mystery of Queen Nitocris
17 Sobekneferu as Nitocris
18 Mother of Crocodiles
19 The Vengeance of Nitocris
20 The Death of Sobekneferu
21 Enemies of Sobekneferu

PART 5
Faith

22 Joseph in Egypt
23 The Heliopolitan Connection
24 When Sobekneferu Met Joseph
25 Sobekneferu—The Asiatic Connection

PART 6
Two Lands
26
Sobekneferu the Builder
27 The Magnificent Labyrinth
28 At the Center of It All
29 Navel of the World

PART 7
Ancestors

30 The Mystery of Mazghuna North
31 Temple of the Crocodile
32 Place of the Ancestors
33 The Seven Snake Gods
34 Sobekneferu’s Final Resting Place

PART 8
Resurrection

35 Goddess of the Seven Stars
36 Servants of Sobek
37 Path of the Headless One
38 Typhonian Gnosis

Appendix: Sobekneferu on Film and Television

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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