Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First I will give you all a sneak preview on the months to come here at CDHK. Next month, September, I have chosen to tell you all a little bit more about the 88 known constellations. We will explore the universe and I hope to lead you into the mythology behind the constellations. In October we will celebrate our third anniversary with all Japanese festivals and holidays. A very festive month that will be and I am looking forward to that anniversary month. I hope to reach 600.000 views before October and than the celebration will be even better.
As you all know this week we will start with our first Carpe Diem Renga Party. I have chosen to create/compose a classical kasen-renga with those who have registered to participate. As a gift to you from Jane Reichhold I have got the opportunity to re-form her "Bare Bones School of Renga" into an CDHK e-book which I hope to get ready this week and ready for downloading at CDHK. I feel honored that Jane has given me the permission to do that.
Ok ... back to our journey on The Nile. Yesterday we entered the 18th Dynasty under Pharaoh Akhenaten, who is the "founder" of the monotheistic religion of The Aten (or Aton) and "The Right Eye of Horus" mysteryschool. Yesterday I told you that Akhenaten build a city in the region around Karnak and Luxor. That city he gave the name "Amarna" which means "The Horizon of the god Aton". Amarna is the prompt for today to inspire you all to write new haiku or tanka (or maybe some other Japanese poetry form).
|Credits: Amarna (city of Aten)|
The religious conviction that brought about the building of Amarna, though, later served to preserve it so well. The funerary structures here were devoid of the traditional gods and goddesses to preserve the dead on their journey through the underworld. Akhenaten did not truly convert his people to his religious ideology, and thus they were unwilling to risk their souls in his form of burial. Consequently, the city was abandoned shortly after Akhenaten's death.
|Credits: Akhenaten depicted as a sphinx (found in Amarna)|
|Tomb of Akhenaten (found in Amarna)|
It is the only ancient Egyptian city which preserves great details of its internal plan, in large part because the city was abandoned after the death of Akhenaten, when Akhenaten's son, King Tutankhamen, decided to leave the city and return to his birthplace in Thebes (modern Luxor). The city seems to have remained active for a decade or so after his death, and a shrine to Horemheb indicates that it was at least partially occupied at the beginning of his reign, if only as a source for building material elsewhere. Once it was abandoned it remained uninhabited until Roman settlement began along the edge of the Nile. However, due to the unique circumstances of its creation and abandonment, it is questionable how representative of ancient Egyptian cities it actually is. The entire city was encircled with a total of 14 boundary stelae detailing Akhenaten's conditions for the establishment of this new capital city of Egypt. (It may be that the Royal Wadi's resemblance to the hieroglyph for horizon showed that this was the place to found the city.) (Source: Wikipedia)
city of the Sun -
lasted for only 15 years
Not as strong as I had hoped, but I enjoyed creating this episode of CDHK and I hope it will inspire you to create "your own Amarna" in a haiku or tanka.
This episode is open for your submissions RIGHT NOW and will remain open until August 12th at noon (CET). I will publish our new episode, Hymn to the Aten (CD Distillation), later on. For now have fun!