Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Thoughts on the Concept as a Whole

In SCA we re-create basically everything we know about the cultures we study.  That's what's awesome about historical recreation: that we're testing out what the historians tell us happened.  It's one thing to sit in an armchair reading books on history.  It's another thing entirely to go to where the history happened and try to feel what the historical people might have felt.  But I think the biggest step is between thinking and doing.  To see an object in a museum and then to try to make a copy with your own bare hands.  Then to use that object.  Every day.  Until that object means more to you than your cel phone.  That, I think, is the biggest step in our evolving view of history.

And in view of that, I may have bit off more than I can chew (before January).  I've gotta take that biggest step with each and every piece of this outfit.  Which isn't a problem, outside the context of the costume challenge.  But doing all of this by the end of the year?  Thinking about that sorta melts my brain.  Because I don't know of anyone who has taken the biggest step regarding everyday Egyptian life.

Sure people have made plenty of costumes, and embalmed mummies, and tried to raise obelisks.  All of which is awesome.  But getting into the mindset, living the way they lived, is gonna take years of work.  Years I am quite looking forward to.  But I just ain't so sure I can get it together before January 1st.  I might just end up looking like a dumbshit.

Then again Sneferu probably looked kinda stupid when the pyramid at Meidum failed to work out.  And if I continue to look stupid for a while, I can just remember that in spite of how Sneferu's second attempt worked out, he is still the father of pyramid building.  He built el-haram el-watwat, the Red Pyramid, the first true pyramid ever constructed.  And his son, Khufu, built the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest pyramid currently standing.  Though that title would possibly have been held by the pyramid of Djedefre, Sneferu's grandson, if Djedefre's pyramid hadn't been destroyed.  I blame the Romans.  They had to make their mark, even though they were late on the scene.

Anyway, if I look dumb I'll just try to keep pluggin on, like old man Sneferu.

Edit: So I just noticed I was wrong about the size of Djedefre's pyramid.  It was only a few feet taller than his nephew Menkaure's pyramid, the smallest of the big three at Giza.  But I'm still not happy with those interloping Romans.

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