Sunday, November 27, 2005

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A short four-page travel item on the The Times of India website describing a visit to Giza, the ancient Egyptian focus on power and death and how this is now immortalized via tourism: "The temples and monuments dedicated to them fuelled the economy, creating employment for priests, artisans and labourers, all dedicated to ensuring the pharaoh's conquest of death. Personality cult? And then some. But it kept a civilisation going for 30 dynasties, not to mention johnny-come-latelys like the Greeks and Romans. It was only with the coming of the Arabs, and Islam, that the old gods yielded to a new, more demotic Allah."

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