Posts Tagged ‘giza’

ArtsJournal recently highlighted this article from the Guardian about the pyramids.

“Egypt never seems to stop revealing its ancient wonders and mysteries,” writes Jonathan Jones. “Now, it seems we may be on edge of new discoveries as marvellous as when Howard Carter opened the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. …

“The dazzle of Tutankhamun’s gold probably satisfied the tomb’s discoverers – and besides, it has taken 21st-century technology to find the new mystery: traces of what may be well-hidden and still unopened chambers behind the tomb of the boy king.

“Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves believes – controversially – that the hidden space may be the lost tomb of Queen Nefertiti, who may have been young Tut’s mother. If Reeves is right, the sands of Egypt could be about to yield one of their greatest secrets – something epochal.

“And that’s not all. Archaeologists scanning the pyramids at Giza have found ‘thermal anomalies’ that may also reveal hidden chambers, including one deep within the Great Pyramid. So the pyramids too (which are considerably older than the tombs of Tutankhamun and, perhaps, his mother) are apparently still full of marvels ready to be uncovered.”

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The pyramids of Giza.

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Public Radio International’s “The World” had a delightful story today on a young Egyptian who looks like he might be a real “contenda” for a sumo wrestling title.

Clark Boyd reports, “His real name is Abdel Rahman Ahmed Shaalan. But in Japan, they call him Osunaarashi, or ‘Great Sandstorm.’

“Shaalan is 21-year-old professional sumo wrestler who hails from Giza in Egypt. After a few years of training at the club level in Egypt, Shaalan left Egypt to try to break into the Japanese professional ranks. …

“Osunaarashi is currently fighting in a tournament in Tokyo, but here’s the thing: He is also a devout Muslim, and this is the holy month of Ramadan. And that means Osunaarashi is fasting.”

The radio report goes on to say that although sumo has always been an intensely tradition-bound sport, the people at the residence where Osunaarashi is living with other wrestlers have made accommodations in deference to his religion. For example, a typical stew that sumo wrestlers are served to bulk them up is chock full of pork, but the chefs now make it with chicken and fish.


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Osunaarashi, the Egyptian sumo wrestler, after a Tokyo tournament in May

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