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Desc:Putting the infinite power of the sun to work for you!
Category:Advertisements, Humor
Tags:egypt, sun, Mythology, ra, solar city
Submitted:fedex
Date:06/28/15
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SteamPoweredKleenex
That's an awfully pale-skinned Ra. He's not going to do well in the sun without some heavy SPF.
Albuquerque Halsey
Yes, because all Egyptians are as black as coal. At least get your facts right before trying to stir up shit:

http://www.trbimg.com/img-510c4d98/turbine/la-afp-getty-topsho ts-egypt-politics-unrest.jpg-20130201/600/600x400

SolRo
So you know what the actual skin color of the sun god is?

SteamPoweredKleenex
Wow, Albequerque. I didn't know they had color photography in the 5th Dynasty. And assuming that thousands of years hasn't changed pigmentation one whit, half of those people are still quite darker than ol Ra-dude, here.

Do you think Jesus would've been blonde haired and blue-eyed, too?

And note I just said "pale." Jumping straight to "OMG BLACK!!!" speaks volumes.

SolRo
So you're going with the Stargate theory of all Egyptian gods being alien parasites inhabiting native peoples bodies?

SteamPoweredKleenex
Sorry, Sol. I'm going with the more rational concept that people make gods however they want to be, but often with aspects of humanity or stuff we think looks cool (i.e. a falcon head). You'll have to go talk to someone else for whatever it is you're fishing for.

As for "knowing what color" and all that, the Egyptians actually left images of their gods, often with pigmented materials:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra#/media/File:Maler_der_Grabkam mer_der_Nefertari_001.jpg

Maybe being a sun god automatically gets you a tan.

cognitivedissonance
Osiris was green, because undead fertility god and whatnot.

bongoprophet
you're all a bunch of Ra-cists!

EvilHomer
Well, the Egyptians in AH's photo have more than a millennium of Arabic influences, but he is essentially correct. The peoples of North Saharan Africa were (and are) far paler than the people's of Sub-Saharan Africa, being closer (genetically as well as culturally) to Indo-Persians and to their fellow Mediterranean civilizations.

As for you, SPK, whether the people in Mr Halsey's photo are "darker" than our Ra is very much a matter of debate. Ra looks fairly swarthy to me - perhaps the "lightness" you see is an optical illusion produced by A) the lighting, and B) your own natural inclination to see Nordic types as your Default Human Being. {1} I'd also like to visit your own source for a minute. {2} First off, this really shouldn't even need to be said, but that is *an artist's interpretation of Ra*, not Ra Himself. And yes, the Ra in that photo is fairly dark, or at least darker than the Ra in this commercial. However, he doesn't look so much "dark" as he does "really really sunburnt" (which would make perfect sense for a sun God). In fact, the sunburn looks to be so bad, that it is unlikely he would have received such a burning had he not been pale skinned. Even more damning, look at Imentet, same picture, right behind Ra! She's practically a Goth. Paler than even TV Ra, so clearly there is verifiable historical precedent for the director's casting choice.

Finally, there is a point which you've yet to consider, being that IF gods are the product of human imagination (SPK, Post 3, Lines 1-2), then this would have profound and ever-shifting consequences for the look and nature of pagan deities. Ra, as with the rest of the Egyptian pantheon, was purged from the Egyptian imagination with the coming of Roman rule and the adoption of Christianity. *At that time*, Egypt had been under Greek hegemony for the better part of four hundred years. As pharaohs, the Hellenic-Egyptians of the Ptolemaic dynasty were the living representations of the gods, and therefore would have doubtlessly imparted their own qualities onto the popular conception of these gods. At the time his worship was finally discontinued, Ra could have easily been seen as a Macedonian, or even as a Latin Roman - people paler even than the actor in this commercial. {3} By casting a vaguely pale-ish actor to play Ra, the director of this commercial is, in effect, doing Ra the greatest of historical services; reconstructing him as accurately and faithfully as possible, as he was upon the day his worship ceased!



{1} http://kotaku.com/5627268/why-do-japanese-characters-look-white
{2} https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maler_der_Grabkammer_der_N efertari_001.jpg#/media/File:Maler_der_Grabkammer_der_Nefertari_00 1.jpg
{3} We can see a similar process today, as Egyptian mythology is being rediscovered and co-opted by various Black nationalist movements. It is not uncommon for Americans to see Egyptian gods being depicted as West African, of all things! At least as bizarre and a-historical as Jesus, a Semitic Jew, being depicted as a Nordic blonde, yet perfectly valid (within a limited context) from the ontological standpoint of imaginative-thoughtformation.
http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/the-egypt ian-god-ra-emhotep-richards.jpg

Ugh
disappointed as i assumed this was the sequel to safety tips from anubis
memedumpster
"I will make easy to you the abstruction from the ill-ordered house in the Victorious City!"
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