The Profane Egyptologist E6. Unwrapping The Mummy with Director Chris Kemble

October 18, 2018

Welcome to part 1 of this 2-part Halloween Special focused on those classic staples of the horror genre...MUMMIES!!

Today I’m joined by my friend, the award-winning film-maker Chris Kemble, as we discuss 2017s remake of the Universal film, The Mummy, and dive into it's legacy on film and in literature. 

This is part one of a two-part episode where we’ll dig into both the Egyptology and film-lore that this movie taps into. As a specialist in the horror genre Chris is uniquely positioned to give insight into this film, and as a non-Egyptologist he asks many questions I might not consider!

I hope you enjoy this format, feel free to send me feedback on twitter (@doc_harrison), and please, if you like the show, subscribe on iTunes and rate and review, as that really helps us spread the word and raise the show’s profile!

Now buckle up for our Halloween specials as we explore the world of …The Mummy… 

 

Where to find Chris Kemble

If you want to check out Chris’s work in the horror genre, some of his films are listed here

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5187440/

 

 

Books mentioned

 

Consuming Ancient Egypt (eds. Rice & MacDonald) UCL Press 2003.

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=jZ3oAp9OEXEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

Lot No. 249 (Penguin Little Black Classics) by Arthur Conan Doyle

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/0241251567/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_pXDXBbP66Y1HH

 via @AmazonUK

 

The Ring of Thoth (Fantasy and Horror Classics) Kindle Edition by Arthur Conan Doyle

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Thoth-Fantasy-Horror-Classics-ebook/dp/B00CFNB5QI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1539693711&sr=1-1&keywords=ring+of+thoth

 

She (Oxford World’s Classics) H. Rider Haggard

https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/embed?asin=B00846QWEU&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_JhGXBbW539Z37

 

Movies Mentioned

 

The Mummy (2017)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345759/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

The Mummy (1999)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120616/?ref_=nv_sr_2

 

The Mummy (1959)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053085/?ref_=fn_tt_tt_9

 

The Mummy (1932)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023245/?ref_=nv_sr_8

 

Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Characters

 

Imhotep The Mummy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imhotep_(The_Mummy)

 

Imhotep (Historical)

https://www.ancient.eu/imhotep/

 

Kharis The Mummy

https://comicvine.gamespot.com/kharis/4005-91856/

 

Ahmanet The Mummy

http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Ahmanet

 

Amunet The Goddess

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amunet

 

Nick Morton

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345759/characters/nm0000129

 

Dr Jenny Halsey

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Jenny_Halsey

 

Rick O’Connell

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Richard_%22Rick%22_O%27Connell

 

Evelyn Carnahan (O’Connell)

http://mummy.wikia.com/wiki/Evelyn_O%27Connell

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E5. Dr Harrison & the Temple of Ra - Part 2

September 13, 2018

Today we re-join the Temple of Ra and Kemetic Temple of San José for the second part of this interview with key figures and authors of the contemporary Kemetic Reconstructionist movement in the West. Be sure to check out part 1 if you haven’t yet.

A very valuable point is raised in this interview regarding phenomenological and performative archaeology – given a reliance of shared resources, and given the focus on academic resources in Kemeticism, why is it not valued in the same was as corresponding fields of archaeology which use the same techniques to reconstruct ancient worlds? I have my own theories on this (as expressed in my book, Profane Egyptologists), and we explore this a little in conversation. A lot of it has to do with perceptions, status, and fear of ‘infection’ from the ‘fringe/other’ which has been a stifling factor in building bridges and having conversations. And that, dear listeners, lays at the very heart of the premise of this show!

This episode was recorded on location in San Francisco back in spring 2018. I first encountered the Temple of Ra through one of its founders, Richard Reidy, who was a participant in my phd ethnography, and so generous with his time and knowledge that we later became friends.

Sadly, Richard passed away in 2015 but his legacy lives on in the form of a number of Egyptian Kemetic Temples in the USA and two books on Ancient Egyptian Ritual practices.

Here’s part two I hope you enjoy it. As ever, references from the show can be found in the show notes. Be sure to like, review and subscribe.  

 

Richard Reidy’s Eternal Egypt 

https://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=172324

Everlasting Egypt (Published posthumously by temple members) 

https://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001114114

 

 

Kemetic Orthodoxy (“KO”) /House of Netjer

http://www.kemet.org/

https://www.netjer.org/forums/

 

Performative Archaeology (Tale of Sinuhé) at the British Museum

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/the_ramesseum_papyri/performance_tale_of_sinuhe.aspx

 

 Erik Hornung The One and the Many

 

Geraldine Pinch

 

Wisdom Literature – Instructions/Teaching of Ptahhotep

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/digitalegypt/literature/ptahhotep.html

 

Lichtheim

Lichtheim, Miriam 1996. Didactic literature. In Loprieno, Antonio (ed.), Ancient Egyptian Literature, 243-262. Leiden; New York; Köln: E. J. Brill

Simpson, William Kelly. The Literature of Ancient Egypt: An Anthology of Stories, Instructions, Stelae, Autobiographies, and Poetry. New Haven, US: Yale University Press, 2003. Accessed January 28, 2017

 

James Allan (Grammar) Middle Egyptian

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Middle_Egyptian.html?id=gMxfheT1XQIC&redir_esc=y

 

Kerry Wisner

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=dp_byline_sr_book_1?ie=UTF8&text=Kerry+Wisner&search-alias=books-uk&field-author=Kerry+Wisner&sort=relevancerank

 

(Note, I interviewed Mr Wisner for Profane Egyptologists, but have since lost contact. If anybody knows what happened to him, please feel free to reach out).

 

Tamara Siuda’s literature

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tamara+siuda+books&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgFuLSz9U3MDKrNKg0UEJia0llJ1vpJ-XnZ-snlpZk5BdZgdjFCvl5OZUA98xt0TYAAAA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwil6Lb4wdvcAhWmx4UKHXUeDJIQMSgAMB56BAgJEDM&biw=1744&bih=859

 

Kemetic Temple of Ra and San José

http://kemetictemple.org/Kemetic_Temple/Welcome.html

 

Imperishable Stars by Matt

https://imperishablestars.com/

(check out the fascinating work on vocalization of the Pharaonic language!)

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The Profane Egyptologist E4. Dr Harrison and the Temple of Ra - Part 1

August 30, 2018

Today’s episode was recorded on location in San Francisco back in spring 2018, where I met with members of the Kemetic Temple of San José and the Temple of Ra.

I first encountered the Temple of Ra through one of its founders, Richard Reidy, who was a participant In my phd research, and so generous with his time and knowledge that we later became friends. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2015 but his legacy lives on in the form of a number of Egyptian Kemetic Temples in the USA and two books on Ancient Egyptian Ritual practices.

But what is Kemeticism?

To put it extremely simply, Kemeticism is the revival and or reconstruction of ancient Egyptian religion and practices in the modern age. It crosses multiple boundaries, of geography, ethnicity and culture, but one thing they all tend to have in common is a reverence for the ancient Egyptian deities, and desire to uphold Ma’at - that’s the principle of truth, harmony, justice and order named for the goddess Ma’at of ancient Egypt, or Kemet.

Kemeticism comes from the word Kemet which is the ancient name for Egypt, often translated as ‘Black Land’. We’ll get into the implications of that nomenclature another time, as that deserves several episodes, but for now, relax, grab a cup of your favourite bevvy, and settle in for this two-part interview with members of these Kemetic Temples. Enjoy!

 

 

Kemetic Temple of Ra and San José

 

http://kemetictemple.org/Kemetic_Temple/Welcome.html

 

Kemetic Orthodoxy (“KO”) /House of Netjer

http://www.kemet.org/

https://www.netjer.org/forums/

 

Ma’at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maat

 

Per Akhet Temple

https://www.facebook.com/denverkemetictemple/

 

Pantheacon

https://pantheacon.com/wordpress/

 

Richard Reidy’s Eternal Egypt 

https://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?Book=172324

Richard Reidy's Everlasting Egypt: Kemetic Rituals for the Gods (published posthumously by temple members)

http://amzn.eu/d/3KURl03

 

Daily Offering Ritual

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/museums-static/digitalegypt/religion/dailycult.html

 

Beer in ancient Egypt

https://blog.britishmuseum.org/a-sip-of-history-ancient-egyptian-beer/

 

The Pyramid Texts

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_Texts

 

Sekhmet Statuary (Also See Setken’s reference to a similar Sekhmet experience/awakening, and a reference to the same phenomenon by Richard Reidy in Profane Egyptologists).

http://www.chrysler.org/our-collection/collection-highlights/ancient-worlds/

 

Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (not to be conflated with Greek Political Far-Right group of same name)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetic_Order_of_the_Golden_Dawn

 

 

Thelema

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelema

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E3. The Art of Setken Part 2. A Kemetic Profile

August 29, 2018

Today’s guest will be familiar to anybody who’s a fan of Kemetic art or who happens to have seen the luscious artwork that graces the cover of my book Profane Egyptologists (shameless plug!) Setken describes his paintings as “Nouveau Kemetic”, “Neo Kemetic”, and “Neo Pharaonic”, as these terms speak to the ancient Egyptian themes that his work centres upon, and his contemporary, and I must say quite striking take on Egyptian themes.

This is the second part of this two-part interview, so be sure to head over and check out part one, which deals with Setken’s background and how he arrived at his Kemetic subjects. Or alternatively, dive into this episode, which focuses on the artwork almost exclusively.

Links to paintings we discuss are available in the show notes. 

I should mention that this was the very first remote ie skype interview that I attempted, and there were a couple of technical glitches. This resulted in my voice having to be cleaned and amplified digitally, so I apologise both to you, the listener and most deeply to Setken, for the audio quality on my side, but thankfully this did not affect Setken’s voice quality. Enjoy! 

 

Where to find Setken

Website - www.setken.com

Facebook page - @The Art Of Setken

Twitter - @wingedphysique

Insta - @setken

 

 

A collection of Setken’s Recent Art

https://www.setken.com/recent-works

 

Why do testicles freeze in cold weather?

https://www.thenakedscientists.com/articles/questions/why-do-male-private-parts-shrink-cold-weather

 

‘Cleopatra’s Needles’ (ancient Egyptian Obelisks)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra%27s_Needle

 

Setken Painting: This Has All Happened Before and This Will All Happen Again

http://setkenblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/this-has-all-happened-before-and-this.html

 

Kemetic Orthodoxy

http://www.kemet.org/about

 

Setken Painting: Triple Sekhmet

http://setkenblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/triple-sekhmet.html

 

Her Bak

https://www.innertraditions.com/her-bak.html

 

Setken Painting: Material Immortality

http://setkenblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/material-immortality.html

 

The Temple of Set

https://www.xeper.org/

 

E.A Wallis Budge. The Gods of the Egyptians. Note chapter ‘miscellaneous gods’.

https://archive.org/stream/godsofegyptianso02budg/godsofegyptianso02budg_djvu.txt

 

Jeremy Naydler’s Shamanic Wisdom in the Pyramid Texts

https://www.innertraditions.com/author/jeremy-naydler/

 

Setken Painting Downloading Netjer (Approx 27 mins)

http://setkenblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/downloading-netjer.html

 

Fetish Models

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fetish_model

 

Memorial I, II, and III: a triptych honouring the tomb of David Syme by Walter Butler

http://setkenblog.blogspot.com/2018/02/memorial-i-ii-and-iii-triptych.html

More on David Syme

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10331867.2003.10525174

 

Trajan’s Kiosk Philae

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trajan%27s_Kiosk

 

The Book of What is in the Underworld

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amduat

 

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E2. The Art of Setken Part 1. A Kemetic Profile

August 28, 2018

Today’s guest will be familiar to anybody who’s a fan of Kemetic art or who happens to have seen the luscious artwork that graces the cover of my book, Profane Egyptologists (shameless plug!). Setken describes his paintings as “Nouveau Kemetic”, “Neo Kemetic”, and “Neo Pharaonic”, as these terms speak to the ancient Egyptian themes that his work centres upon, and his contemporary, and I must say quite striking take on those themes.

But Setken wasn’t always an artist. Faced with a crossroads having been accepted into both the Centre For the Performing Arts (now the Helpmann Academy) as an actor, and simultaneously accepted into the Stanley Street School Of Art (now the South Australian School Of Art) as a visual artist setken chose the former, and began on the road to professional acting.

But en route he also became Mr Fitness Australia champion, a personal trainer, and even a male striptease performer, before the realisation of a lifelong dream resulted in a trip to Egypt and the reemergence of his artistic urges.

I’ve been a fan of Setken’s art for many years, which is why I chose it for the book cover, but his path to becoming an artist has been deeply varied and interesting. As a side note, I should mention that this was the very first remote skype interview that I attempted, and there were a couple of technical glitches. This resulted in my voice having to be cleaned and amplified digitally, so I apologise both to you, the listener and most deeply to Setken, for the audio quality on my side, but thankfully this did not affect Setken’s voice quality. So settle in for this two-parter as we explore the theatre of cruelty, shamanic initiations, and Kemetic art.

 

Where to find Setken

Website - www.setken.com

Facebook page - @The Art Of Setken

Twitter - @wingedphysique

Insta - @setken

 

Artwork

https://www.setken.com

 

Antonin Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty

https://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature/articles/antonin-artaud-and-the-theatre-of-cruelty

 

Charles Muses and The Lion Path

https://www.scribd.com/doc/251335048/Charles-Muses-Lion-Path-Musaios

 

Schwaller deLubicz 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._A._Schwaller_de_Lubicz

 

 

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The Profane Egyptologist E1. Casting Cleopatra’s Shadows with author Emily Holleman.

August 23, 2018

This week’s guest is a growing voice in historical fiction. Emily Holleman is the author of two books, Cleopatra’s Shadows and The Drowning King, both set in ancient Egypt during the reign of the last Ptolemaic rulers.

However, her career was not always geared in that direction. With an interest in the systems and motivations behind peoples’ influences, perceptions and behaviours, Emily took a major in sociology before becoming an editor at high profile political news site Salon.com. 

In her prose she shines a light on the ancient world which is both captivating and unflinching, painting a picture of Ptolemaic Egypt which could make even Game of Thrones look tame, and indeed her historical fiction has been called "the Game of Thrones of ancient Egypt…" .

As a fan of her work, I’ve been looking forward to this interview for a very long time, and I encourage anybody with an interest in historical fiction to check out her work. Links are included below for your convenience. 

 

Where to find Emily - 

https://emilyholleman.com/

@emilyholleman

 

 Cleopatra's Shadows

http://a.co/0q5EaJ1

 

The Drowning King

http://a.co/2PjdH0F 

 

The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson

http://amzn.eu/9i5p11D 

 

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths 
by Ingri d'Aulaire et al. 
http://a.co/bPRrQcO

 

Ptolemaic Egypt

https://www.ancient.eu/Ptolemaic_Dynasty/

 

Recommended/further reading 

Antony and Cleopatra 
by Adrian Goldsworthy 
http://amzn.eu/4khI0Bv

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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