This article was first posted on my old blog, in April of 2014.
King Tut And Live-Giving Meteorites
By Raymond Towers
Theory: Ancient Egyptians knew that meteors carried life-producing elements on them, and perhaps may have even worshipped or reverenced meteors.
Background: I am presently doing some research into the ancient civilizations of Egypt and India, and I have come across a few coincidences that have given me pause. I jotted a few of these things down, but since they’re taking me away from my original task, I can only give them a cursory examination. I may come back and further analyze this topic at a later time. Regardless, there is enough evidence here to raise all but the most cynical of eyebrows.
- Meteors are thought to carry amino acids that are essential for life. When the meteor impacts on the Earth, these proteins are introduced into our environment. (Sources: Space.com, Guardian Liberty Voice, Live Science)
- King Tut’s full name is Tutankhamen. (King Tut Wiki) He was named pharaoh when he was nine, and he passed away at nineteen, possibly due to a leg infection or assassination. Known as the Boy King, the translation of Tut’s name is as follows, as the ‘ankh’ portion is relevant:
Tut = strong, courageous, Ankh = key of life, Amen = god of life
Tut’s father was Amenhotep IV. For comparison, here is a translation of his name:
Amen = god of life, Hotep = peace from, servant of
- When King Tut’s sarcophagus was discovered in November of 1922, a great amount of gold and jewelry and other valuables were found around it. Specifically, a large and ornate necklace, or pectoral (jewelry worn over the chest), was found. This necklace has as its centerpiece a winged scarab, or dung beetle. The body of this beetle is made of meteorite. (Source for the tomb’s discovery: About.com, Pictures at Discovery.com, Sources for the jewelry: Green Prophet, Wiki News)
- To the ancient Egyptians, the scarab represented Ra, the father of the gods and also the sun. It was thought that Ra was born every morning, to row his boat across the sky during the day, and to die each night when he reached the opposite end of the horizon. The scarab was seen to roll its ball of dung across the ground. Once the beetle had lain its eggs in the ball, the hatchlings coming out of the dung were seen to parallel the way Ra resurrected every morning. (Ra Wiki)
- The Egyptian ankh (the key of life) had its top loop closed off, and today we know it as the Christian Cross. This is a symbol of resurrection for both religions. (Judaism borrowed circumcision, monotheism, resurrection, and the concepts of heaven and the judgment of the soul after death from Egypt. This was during the time of Hellenic Greece, which was the dawn of the age of the great philosophers.)
- The scarab beetles emerging from a ball of dung evolved into the image of the phoenix rising from its ashes. Again, we can see that this is a symbol for resurrection. (Scarab wiki)
Supporting evidence of meteor worship:
- In Greek mythology, Saturn (or Chronos) devoured the four sons that Cybele (Rhea) had borne him. When Zeus was born, Cybele gave Saturn a stone instead of baby Zeus, and Saturn ate it. This stone came out of Saturn when he was removed from his throne. Either Saturn (or in some versions, Zeus) hurled the stone to Earth. The place where it landed became Apollo’s temple at Delphi. Apollo is the Greek sun god, and the location of the meteorite became a place of worship. (Here’s a fascinating tidbit: Saturn has a number of moons; so far sixteen have been discovered. As seen from Earth, the ancient Greeks may have produced this mythology by observing when the moons periodically went behind Saturn. It could be imagined that Saturn was ‘eating his sons’ when the moons were hidden from view. Also, the holy Stone of Omphalos, located in Jerusalem, may have also been a meteor that is being reverenced or worshipped.) (Cronus Wiki, Stone of Omphalos Wiki, note that there is one in Jerusalem also. )
- In 218 CE, Emperor Elagabalus insisted that a ‘conical black stone’ be worshipped by the masses. I guess he was murdered soon after he did this, but there is at least a hint here that some or perhaps even many Greek and Roman temples enshrined rocks that had fallen from the sky. (Elagabalus Wiki)
- I haven’t researched or confirmed these additional reports yet, but here they are: Meteorites have been found at Hopewell burial mounds in the United States, where from their placement it could be reasonably assumed that they were worshipped. Other cases of meteor worship have been given as Africa, Asia, Europe and other parts of the Americas. (Meteorites in history Wiki)
- Here is an example of meteor worship, or at least ‘reverence,’ taking place right now. The wall of Ka’ba is the holiest Islamic shrine at Mecca. A corner of this wall contains the fragments of an ancient ‘stone’ that many Islamists try to kiss, touch, or at least get a glimpse of. The legend is that either this stone was around at the time of Adam and Eve, or that the angel Gabriel gave it to Abraham, who built it into his house. These fragments have not been studied properly, but there is speculation that they may or may not be meteor fragments, and if they aren’t, it may actually be impact glass formed after a meteor crater at Wabar, which lies at about 100 kilometers from Mecca. (Also note that the reverence of this particular Black Stone predates Islam.) (Ka’Ba Wiki, Ka’Ba Live Cam, Black Stone Wiki)
Image: Egyptian deity Kephri winged scarab holding up the sun.
Update: The site of Mecca predates the mythology of Islam. Ka’ba was a place of worship for an alleged 360 Hindu gods, before Mohammed and his barbarians took the place over. Because it was a holy site already, and because Mohammed was a ruthless opportunist, he simply did what the Romans did before him to usurp native religions. He took the Hindu sign off the wall, put the Islamic sign in its place, and so Mecca has been an Islamic shrine ever since. Further, the Black Cube can be proven to represent Saturn. Muslim worshipers revolving around the Black Cube can be interpreted as the rings of Saturn revolving around that planet. The parallels are consistent and clear, and so the rational conclusion is that Muslims are indeed worshiping Saturn, and the Black Stone set into the corner of the Black Cube represents their moon god Allah, which is in fact a meteorite or fused glass from a meteorite crash.
Conclusion: Egyptian royalty and the priesthood at the time of King Tut’s death thought that a meteorite fragment was valuable enough to place into the tomb of their dead king, along with all manner of other goods and valuables a deceased monarch might need in the afterlife. There are too many examples that this cannot be ignored, from too many historical places, of the importance of objects falling from the sky, and in Egypt’s case, of life intertwined with meteors. Since the time of King Tut, many other cultures have been shown to have also practiced meteor worship and / or reverence, including one of the biggest religions in the world today. It could reasonably be assumed that meteor worship or reverence was practiced in ancient Egypt as well, alongside their already established sun worship and their concept of resurrection.