December 8, 2014

Online pub

Filed under: Egypt, Online publications — acagle @ 4:37 pm

Via EEF:

Andelkovic, B. 2014. The Molding Power of Ideology: Political
Transformations of Predynastic Egypt. Issues in Ethnology and
Anthropology (Belgrade) n.s. 9/3: 713-722.

Abstract: Ideological ‘patterns of continuity’, archaeologically
perceivable as early as Naqada I, that constitute the most
distinctive hallmarks of nascent Egyptian civilization, are, to
a great extent, defined by the concept of Divine Ruler, as a
charismatic amalgam of sacral authority, ideological values,
economic and military power. Divine Kingship, ‘presiding over
everything’, seems to be a key ideological issue in the rapid
political transformation of Predynastic Egypt. A cyclic ’sense
of order’ promulgated by annual Nile flooding, and underlying
conceptualized ‘cosmological relations’, joined with the might
of a victorious ruler and his brandished mace, molded the
Naqadian social tissue of relationships, obligations and behavior,
that in their turn justified warfare to obtain any valued resource,
enhanced territorial expansion, and eventually enabled full political
consolidation. A complex, multi-layered social construct of
display-oriented and power-concerned relations and set of values
clearly distinguished Naqada culture practices and traditions -
both in Upper and from Naqada IIC onwards Lower Egypt – from the
Delta communities with their vanishing lifestyle. The constant
expansion of Naqada culture and its collective identity irreversibly
transformed the political landscape of Predynastic Egypt.

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