Even 3,500 years ago, there were awesome fat women. Some of us even ruled the world.
A mummy found in the Valley of the Kings in 1881 has been positively identified as the Pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut. She usurped power from her son, reigned for 22 years, wore a false beard, built great monuments, and was a master of the art of propaganda. Wikipedia has more:
The traditional explanation is that her motivation for wearing men’s clothing was sexual. However, most modern scholars believe in a more recent theory: that by assuming the exclusively male symbols of pharaonic power, Hatshepsut was asserting her claim to be King or Queen regnant and not “King’s Great Wife” or Queen consort. Even after assuming the male persona, Hatshepsut still described herself as a beautiful woman, often the most beautiful woman, and although she assumed almost all of her father’s titles, she declined to take the title “The Strong Bull.”
From this week’s CNN story:
The mummy identified as Hatshepsut shows an obese woman, who died in her 50s, probably had diabetes and is also believed to have had liver cancer, Hawass said. Her left hand is positioned against her chest, in a traditional sign of royalty in ancient Egypt.
I’ve always been a big fan of Hatshepsut. She and Akhenaten (who turned himself into a religion) are probably my two favorite pharaohs. And to think that this civilization flourished for so long, so long ago, always blows my mind.
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