Feraundher Alik Brittanta

Review by Saleem Samad
Thursday, January 11th, 2018


 

Syed Lutful Haque ushers Pharaoh’s in Bangla!

Writer: Syed Lutful Haque

Publisher: Alokpat Prokashan

Publication: February 2018

Cover: Syed Lutful Haque

Price: BDT 200

Pages: 64

 

The Pharaoh (Feraun in Bangla) remains a mystery to Egyptologist, scientists, archaeologist and historians. They are still busy in unearthing the mystery of the ancient Egypt.

 

Ancient Egypt, a cradle of Nile river civilization, an agrarian based economy was probably the Pharaoh’s to believe in one god (the sun god), in contract to Bible stating Lord Jesus Christ as son of God.

 

The believes also includes life after death, day of judgment and believed in pro-people approach during their 3,000 years of rule.

In Ancient Egypt, people believed that Pharaoh was the god Horus, son of Re, the sun god. When a Pharaoh died he was believed to be united with the sun and then a new Horus ruled on earth.

 

No-one was as powerful as the Pharaoh in ancient Egypt. The Pharaoh was completely in charge of law and order, trade and industry, and the taxation of the temple lands and private estates. The Pharaoh was also the head of Egypt’s legal system. If an Egyptian felt he had been wronged, he could appeal directly to the Pharaoh for justice.

 

He owned all of the land in Egypt, enacted laws, collected taxes, and defended Egypt from invaders as the commander-in-chief of the army. Religiously, the Pharaoh officiated over religious ceremonies and chose the sites of new temples.

 

The pyramid’s in Egypt, the land of the Paraohs is one of the seventh wonder of the world and a place of bustling tourists and curious people. In the old and middle kingdoms (2628-1638 BC), Egyptian kings were buried in pyramids. About 50 royal pyramids have survived.

 

In fact, the most powerful person in ancient Egypt was the Pharaoh, which began its dynasty 7,000 years ago. There were about 170 Pharaohs.

 

In Egyptian society, religion was central to everyday life. One of the roles of the Pharaoh was as an intermediary between the gods and the people. The Pharaoh thus deputized for the gods; his role was both as civil and religious administrator.

 

Nobody else, other than the Pharaohs, who were also the high priests, made daily offerings to the gods. Only the kings and priests were allowed to enter the temples which were believed to house the gods whose spirits resided in their statues.

 

Nefertiti was the queen of Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten during the 14th century. She was the defacto political adviser to the Pharaoh. She and her husband established the cult of Aten, the “sun god”, and promoted Egyptian artwork that was radically different from its predecessors.

 

Frescoes discovered in ancient Egyptian temples illustrating daily life reveal men often wore makeup. In facts, it’s almost impossible to find a portrait of an ancient Egyptian whose eyes are not decorated.

 

Pharaohs always had a beard. Even the female ones, wore fake beards. Usually the beards were plaited like a big braid. It was believed that the beard let the Pharaoh connect closer to the gods.

 

Both male and female Pharaohs wore makeup. They painted the eye area with black kohl from ground ores (metal-bearing mineral), not just for beauty but also to reduce light reflection. Aside from regarding beauty as holiness, they needed to be comfortable under the northern Nile Valley’s bright sunshine.

 

Pharaohs, built tombs to be the homes of their dead spirits so they could still live well even in the afterlife. The construction of their tombs or pyramids would begin as soon as they took the throne.

 

For the first time, Pharaoh has been literally introduced into the country by Syed Lutful Haque, the writer of the book “Feraundher Alik Brittanta” has eloquently documented the history, heritage, culture, art and of course the mysterious regime and dynasty of the Pharaohs.

 

He deserves a pat on his back for having conducted an in-depth research and had browsed tons of references, before he finally decided to write the book. The book is full of illustration and photos to provide a glimpse of the life and death of Pharaohs.

 

Lutful Haque, is possibly among the few painters and artists, who have taken writing as a profession. He has to his credit eight books and many other publications. Most books on historical researches on newspaper design, art, Muslin and less literature.

 

An outspoken Haque, is a “jolly old fella” at the National Press Club in Dhaka, was the first Art Editor in the newspaper industry with The Independent. Earlier, he worked as artist with Dainik Ittefaq, Dainik Bangla and Shaptahik Bichitra.

 

He has to his credit of several murals and art works at the National Press Club lounge, Bangladesh Television (BTV) building, Bangla Academy campus, Bijoy Sharani island, and VVIP Lounge at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

 

Writer is an Ashoka Fellow (USA) and Special Correspondent of The Asian Age.

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