The documentary Beneath the Veil takes viewers on a glitter-filled journey through the art of belly dance, also known as Raks Sharqui. From the origins of this beautiful dance form to exploring how Raks Sharqui can empower women of all ages, after watching this documentary you’ll walk away with a new appreciation for belly dancers everywhere.
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Renowned British Egyptologist Dr. Raymond Faulkner painstakingly translated one of the key pieces to understanding ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife; this work is known as The Papyrus of Ani to Egyptologists, but in popular culture it’s known as The Egyptian Book of the Dead.
This papyrus was part of The Book of the Dead, a collection of writings that served as magical guides through the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians placed these different pieces of writing in order to help the deceased survive the trials and tribulations that were part of their journey into the afterlife. If their soul managed to make their way through the afterlife’s adventures, including the weighing of the heart ceremony where the jackal-headed god Anubis judged if you were a good person in life or not, then you gained entry into the ancient Egyptian version of heaven.
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In her second novel called Song of the Nile, Cleopatra Selene II is older, more feisty, and is determined to get her hands on her birthright: her mother’s Egypt. In order to return to her home, Selene has turned herself into Emperor Augustus Caesar’s (formally known as Octavian) most unlikely apprentice. However, when she’s forced into a marriage with Juba II, the King of Mauretania, Selene uses her status as a religious icon and the magic of the Egyptian Goddess Isis to turn her new kingdom into a prosperous land. Despite the backdrop of religious persecution from Rome, Selene must wrestle with her ambition and her desire to live free from the Emperor. She may love Egypt and want to re-claim her birthright, but first Selene has to decide if it’s worth it to risk her soul.
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