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Eti Queen & Ancient Egypt Earliest ever Recorded Sea Voyage to the Sacred Land of Punt

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Egyptian spelling of Punt

Egyptian spelling of Punt

Have you heard of the land of Punt (Pwenet), Land of Ancient ,  and , God's Land, where the Egyptian Pharaohs used to send traveling expeditions 5,000 years ago? The Making of Egypt (1939) states that the Land of Punt was "sacred to the Egyptians as the source of their race." Could it be that the civilization that has created Maltese temples and the Pyramids share the same roots? 

A Sanford Professor of psychiatry Irving Yalom, in his famous historical fiction book called The Spinoza Problem, researching the birth of the 2nd world war ideologies and racial policies of the Third Reich, also came across Punt as an inspirational mind scape for the Nazis’ leaders and philosophers. Trying to prove their supreme origin, they were also intrigued by the story of Punt.

In my search for Punt I came across this ancient Egyptian journey to the Land of Punt, called by Egyptians “Ta netjer”, "God's Land", the Land of the Sun God that is located in the direction of the sunrise, to the East of Egypt.

Ancient Egypt Rosetta Stone

 Sound Č (of Grčka or Greece, mačka or cat, China, or Chill, or Tao Te Ching) Frequencies Researching Ancient Egyptian 3 scripts (hieroglyphs, the sound based writing and Ancient Greek)

Within this article we will be examining the oldest recorded travel by Egyptians to the Land of Punt

Ancient Egypt temple Deir el-Bahri Queen Hatshepsut's tomb entrance


Temples of Hatshepsut Egypt

It has all started when Hatshepsut (1507–1458 BC) received a sign, a vision, an oracle from the god Amon-Ra, making her Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt. Her instructions were to lead an expedition to Punt on water and on land, and bring exotic goods from the God's land. A blessing or divine incense they wished for, an incense they believed was essential to properly worship their gods and protect them in their after-life journey. Hatshepsut was the second female pharaoh historically recorded and regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful woman ruler of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. After the mysterious death of the queen, a serious conflict between Hatshepsut, and her nephew Tuthmosis III, became visible as the destruction of many of her statues around the country. The relief showing her enthroned, and receiving the gifts of Punt, has been fully chiseled out.

Ancient Egypt temple Deir el-Bahri Queen Hatshepsut's tomb paintings Punt landscape

Ancient Egypt temple Deir el-Bahri Queen Hatshepsut's tomb paintings Punt landscape

Ancient Egypt temple Deir el-Bahri Queen Hatshepsut's tomb paintings Punt landscape

The envoy to Punt is pictured on the Hatshepsut's tomb paintings. The row after row of painted reliefs chiseled on the walls tell us about the journey to this far-away God's Land. After journeying in peace and exchanging offerings they found the land they called Punt.

Hatshepsut refers to the temple as Djeser-Djeseru, or "Sublime of the Sublimes", the “Holy of Holiest”. Interestingly this exact same name is found within the Malta’s Hypogeum underground temple.

According to the scripts painted on the walls, Punt can be reached by land and by sea. Hatshepsut's reliefs show a village on the waterside, fish in the water, trees on the shore, animals and realistically looking people.

A Voyage in Peace, a Pilgrimage to the Sacred Land

All the archeologists agree that the Egyptians were not good sea sailors so when the state treasurer Nehesj led the journey sailing with five ships, manned with 210 men that included sailors and 30 rowers per ship, they took 9 years of return trip to complete the journey. From Punt they seek magic, rituals, ancestors support, frankincense and myrrh. Hatshepsut's delegation returned carrying 31 live myrrh trees, the roots carefully kept in baskets for the duration of the voyage. This is the first ever recorded attempt to transplant foreign trees.

Surprisingly the expedition did not carry gold, ivory or animal skins, so purpose was not trading but rather a ritualistic offering with strings of beads, a dagger, some bracelets, and a wooden chest.

In Egypt myrrh was burned in vast quantities during the daily temple rituals so demand was endless. The records show that a single trading expedition would bring back to Egypt sometimes even 80,000 measures of myrrh. The Hatshepsut’s expedition brought back complete trees of this herb. 

In a sign language similar to the one above the Egyptian historians told us  "...loading of the ships with marvels of the country of Punt; all goodly fragrant woods of God's-Land, heaps of myrrh resin, with fresh myrrh trees”

herbs tree from journey to Sacred Land of Punt carved Ancient Egypt temple Deir el-Bahri Queen Hatshepsut

Carved on the walls of Queen Hatshepsut's temple Deir el-Bahri, National Geographic Image

Coming ashore, the natives greeted Nehesj warmly. The Chief of Punt named Perehu and his wife Eli are depicted on this 5,000 years old carving bearing gifts of frankincense and myrrh. The myrrh was among the ingredients of the holy anointing oil used much later in Israel. The mention of this herb must sound familiar… “Astrologers from the East . . . opened their treasures and presented him with gifts — gold and frankincense and myrrh.”—Matthew 2:1

Punt fat Goddess and King Perehu Ancient Egypt and Malta

Punt fat Goddess and King Perehu Ancient Egypt and Malta 

Ali Fat Lady Ancient Egyptian travel to the Land of Punt

Ali Fat Lady Ancient Egyptian travel to the Land of Punt

Maltese goddess statue in ancient temples in Malta

Maltese goddess statue in ancient temples in Malta

Maltese goddess statue in ancient temples in Malta

Now have a look at the image depicting Eli, what do you think of this striking similarity between the queen Eli (walls of Queen Hatshepsut's temple Deir el-Bahri) and the Maltese Goddess statue found in Temples?

The records chiseled on the walls tell us that the sailors worked hard to complete the mission and journeyed back from Punt to Egypt. The loaded boat shows the goods prepared and shipped back

Ancient Egypt Earliest ever Recorded Sea Voyage to the Sacred Land of Punt

ship after the visit to Punt Ancient Egypt Earliest ever Recorded Sea Voyage to the Sacred Land of Punt

Ship after the visit to Punt Ancient Egypt Earliest ever Recorded Sea Voyage to Sacred Land of Punt

The Location of Punt

Punt's location stayed a mystery. As of 2012 some scientists reached a conclusion that Punt is in Northern Ethiopia. This conclusion was reached upon matching baboon remains from the coast of Red Sea with the ones found in the British museum from ancient Egypt. Baboons were considered to be worshippers of the sun-god and the image of the ship depicts baboons as a gift sent back to Egypt on the expedition.

The exact location of Punt is still debated by historians. Most scholars today believe Punt was situated to the southeast of Egypt. The older literature however maintained that the label "God's Land", was a "Holy Land" or "Land of the gods/ancestors". Moreover, E. A. Wallis Budge stated that "Egyptian tradition of the Dynastic Period held that the aboriginal home of the Egyptians was Punt..."

Dimitri Meeks disagrees with locating Punt in the western coast of the Arabian Peninsula, he has written that "Texts locating Punt beyond doubt to the south are in the minority, but they are the only ones cited in the current consensus about the location of the country. Punt, we are told by the Egyptians, is situated – in relation to the Nile Valley – both to the north, in contact with the countries of the Near East of the Mediterranean area…”

map of ancient Egypt

Map of Ancient Egypt

Now to the west of Egypt we do find Malta and its oldest free standing structures on Earth, we find the Megalithic Temples built from 5000 BC still worshiping “Ra” around 2200 BC. The two temples around Ġgantija in Gozo, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra in Qrendi, Ta' Ħaġrat in Mġarr, Skorba and Tarxien Temples and Hypogeum are all listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Hypogeum is the most impressive of them all. It is an underground carved in stone worshipping marvel dating 4000 BC. Discovered by accident in 1902, when workers building a road broke through a private house cellar, its roof, this amazing structure spirals 11 meters down the earth, using light from the surface to penetrate the lower chambers. The Hypogeum has spirals painted on the ceiling with red ocher and the main chamber is called "The Holy of Holies". It was oriented in such a way that light from the winter solstice illuminated its façade from above. The middle chamber is called the Oracle Room, and it is designed for sound ritual purposes projecting chanting throughout the Hypogeum.

Since our research into  is so new, all these world wonders were excavated just fairly recently, perhaps it is the right time to start claiming some of the ancient historical records of Punt.

Just sharing the possibilities…

By Nataša Pantović, Author of AoL Series of 9 Books including  Spiritual Symbols

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