For sixty years, the kings of Napata – which is present-day Sudan – ruled ancient Egypt. The Louvre makes us relive their epic.
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In the spring of 2019, the exhibition “Tutankhamun, the treasure of the pharaoh” which is held at the Grande Halle de la Villette attracts the wrath of the Black African Defense League. For these Afrocentrist activists, who rely in particular on the controversial work of the Senegalese Egyptologist Cheikh Anta Diop, this exhibition event is a new example of the supposed bleaching of the history of ancient Egypt: according to them, Tutankhamun, like all pharaohs, would be “neither white nor Semitic”… but black. Swept away by scientists, this very ideological reappropriation of the skin color of the pharaohs, however, raises the question of “Africanity”. of Egyptian civilization, in other words the close ties that pharaonic Egypt maintained with black Africa and which…
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