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Author Topic: Ancient Egypt in pop culture  (Read 4024 times)

Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« on: November 22, 2016, 02:02:50 pm »
Sometimes entertaining, sometimes highly inaccurate! What are your favorite examples and are there any that are more legitimate?

Prompted by the season premiere of The Librarians which aired yesterday, and featured Ap/ep, "the Egyptian god of chaos" who has been resurrected and wants to unleash "pure evil." I'm torn between unnerved by so many frank references to the uncreated one, and surprised relief that for once it's not Set filling this villain slot.
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Offline CourtneyNM

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Re: Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 08:29:51 pm »
I know this thread hasnt been touched in a long time but I thought I'd ad a little input~

The TV show Grimm (some where in season 3, cant remember the exact episode) the episode plot was around Anubis/Yinepu. A bit of the history of the 'Anubi' in the show as the following:

"The Egyptians believed that anyone buried with an Anubis would themselves become a god. This led to a horrific torture and slaughter of hundreds of slaves in search of Anubi, but only a few Anubi were ever found, and even fewer were ever successfully mummified in full woge(anubis form)."

Gif of a person shifting into their 'true' form of an Anubi http://grimm.wikia.com/wiki/Anubis?file=Anubis_woge.gif

Sorry in advance for the big links!
Another thing I noticed has some of the Netjer as well as many other pantheons is the game Smite, a multiplayer online battle arena game(MOBA).  When the game first came out I absolutely loved it, to the point that my second cosplay I ever did was of their rendition of Isis! I even entered their cosplay contest(my first ever contest).. and out of all the other contestants I won best goddess and won $1000. Bless be the Netjer! I'd post the photo of my costume but I don't know.. I wouldn't want to offend anyone. <3

Game Isis: https://i.imgur.com/akWQem1.jpg
Anhur: https://orig14.deviantart.net/97d7/f/2013/243/1/b/smite_anhur_by_armachamcorp-d6khud1.jpg
Anubis: https://www.smitefire.com/images/god/card/anubis.png
Bast: https://smite.gamepedia.com/media/smite.gamepedia.com/f/f9/T_Bastet_Default_Card.png?version=a8bbbffb80456a62b5832283ad8c434e
Khepri: https://i.imgur.com/2Qu1RSF.jpg
Neith: https://smite.gamepedia.com/media/smite.gamepedia.com/7/7f/T_Neith_Default_Card.png?version=734f0ac3b5c85f4bc789968e3b246fb8
Ra: https://www.smitefire.com/images/god/card/ra.png
Thoth: http://smitedatamining.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/T_Thoth_Default_Card.png
Osiris: https://smite.gamepedia.com/media/smite.gamepedia.com/2/28/T_Osiris_Default_Card.png?version=9ea3d8efa7d43a6d7be5d284b18207de
Serqet: https://smite.gamepedia.com/media/smite.gamepedia.com/9/91/T_Serqet_Default_Card.png?version=eac6037e8f113d4dfcc4896511ab7888
Sobek: https://smite.gamepedia.com/media/smite.gamepedia.com/4/4f/T_Sobek_Default_Card.png?version=421454e1489408029383b415352168c7
Geb: https://smite.gamepedia.com/media/smite.gamepedia.com/f/fd/T_Geb_Default_Card.png?version=b0c44c466f193d4278de14ec5ab4007f

The nice thing about the game is that they do give background of each Netjer's history/story/lore!
I also love the details in the character design.. for example Osiris and the things that look like bolts.. holding his pieces together!



Offline EclipseQueen

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Re: Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2017, 03:15:07 pm »
I guess the biggest I've seen, as unfortunately I have not seen many, is how they portray the gods in the Yu-Gi-Oh!! franchise. Now I love Duel Monsters and I've loved it ever since I was a kid, but I was always kind of bothered with how they made the gods dragons when we didn't really have dragons? Serpents yeah, but not European inspired dragons.

My friends made a point since they're called Winged Dragon of Ra and Dragon of Osiris, but that still doesn't change the point of the whole dragon shpeal. And then there's Obelisk the Tormentor, your guess would be a good as mine with what he's supposed to represent.
A mind guided by Tehuty, who uses wisdom to guide their words. A heart crafted by Nut, who uses love to guide their actions. A body built by Yinepu, who uses perseverance to guide their way.
The Netjer live within you, always love yourself.

Offline Djedetmiwesir

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Re: Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2017, 04:53:45 pm »
Em hotep!

One of my favorite television shows is Penny Dreadful. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but there is some seriously bad Egyptology in there, even for the Victorians. Still trying to be spoiler free... there is a union between a male and female God that can never ever happen because doom, doom, doom will occur.

I'm kind of a roll my eyes and laugh at it person (haven't always been). But I'm not one to seek out anything when Kemetic Gods or mythology are being used to build or carry a story. But I don't really throw the baby out with the bath water if something is good, either. (I am remembering an episode of Buffy where "Osiris" was used to bring someone back to life. Buffy was too good to let even a gross misunderstanding of my Father get in the way.)

I do feel some mild anxiety about these things though.  This Friday a game I have waited years for is bring released; Assassin's Creed Origins. It's set in Ancient Egypt, and it is going to establish some major canon for the franchise. The Assassin's Creed developers are usually really good at recreating a time setting that is accurate and respectful,  but I am worried that a love of mine (the game) and my life (Kemet) are going to collide and it's going to get ugly. I will give the game a full chance, I just hope I don't have to make any decisions that will give me the spiritual creepy crawlies.

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Offline Padememheru

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Re: Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2017, 07:28:09 pm »
By far one of the worst portrayals I've come across so far based on the gods of Kemet is the movie Gods of Egypt.  While I found a couple scenes where my father Heru-sa-Aset was featured were pretty funny, overall the story was just dreadful, and of course they went with the stereotypical move of Set being the bad guy.

As far as some legitimate sources, I would say The Kane Chronicles written by Rick Riordan.  While again Set is the bad guy (big pet peeve of mine), Riordan at least knows his stuff when it comes to capturing the heart of Kemet and its gods.

Unfortunately I haven't come across a whole lot of Ancient Egypt in pop culture.  However, I will say that one of the best I've found is by far American Gods by Neil Geiman, both the book and the TV show.  Sure they only have a few of the Egyptian gods but they are wonderful portrayals, specifically Anubis/Yinepu and Djehuty.

As for the Librarians plot I rolled my eyes at the one because they had Yinepu be evil which is completely not Him.  It was nice that Set wasn't the usual bad guy for once, but still.  Anyway, that's my two cents.
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Mery Set, Aset-Serqet, his Nut

Offline Darytessekhmet

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Re: Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2017, 08:13:09 pm »
Em hotep *henu*

I recently watched the new Mummy movie where Ahmanet made a deal with Set, the god of evil.  I hate when they do that.
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W'abet Nekhen sehotep.tu ib-es yim-ef, The Shrine in Which Her Heart is Appeased

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Offline Padememheru

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Re: Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2017, 08:47:51 pm »
I agree Daryt.  While I enjoyed the Mummy movie overall very much, that is definitely a detail that irked me.  I'm fairly certain Set would never allow such a deal as that.  It would've made more sense for Ahmanet to bargain with ap/p.  But of course they went with the typical story plot of Set being the bad guy again. 
"When you do things right people won't be sure you've done anything at all." - Futurama's "Godfellas"

Padememheru ~The One Mentioned by Heru~
Sa Heru-sa-Aset (or Heru-Nedjitef)
Mery Set, Aset-Serqet, his Nut

Offline ThothIsWise

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Re: Ancient Egypt in pop culture
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 11:42:45 pm »
I do NOT understand why pop culture (and even some educational sources) equate Set with evil -- that's Apep!

It is incredibly conspicuous how movies and TV shows seem to almost go out of their way to avoid researching the actual roles the Names. Crash Course Mythology on Youtube for Ancient Egyptian religion makes me want to hurl things at the TV and scream.
~Djehuty Is Wise~

Also intrigued by Set, Wepwawet, Nit, Nekhbet, Wadjet, and Amunet.

 


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