Ancient Egypt Constitution

Ancient Egypt Constitution

Ancient Egypt Constitution

Blog by Egyptologist Mohamed Fahmy

In the midst of current affairs in Egypt where people are debating over the constitution that has been set before them to vote on, I would like to present to you one of the oldest, if not the oldest constitution in history.

I think you will see once you have read all 42 points we could all take a lesson in how we should conduct ourselves.

Here is the main constitution that has been set for thousands of years by Ancient Egypt with Maat (the Goddess of Justice & Human Rights) as the protector over it as shown in the picture.

The principles are:
1. I live for Justice
2. I appreciate beauty
3. I spread peace
4. I live for God and keep my offerings to God
5. I confirm that life is sacred
6. I must speak honestly
7. I must assume good about people
8. I must treat animals well
9. I must look after the land
10. I am reliable
11. I keep my own affairs to myself
12. I must be humble
13. I must respect others
14. I must be moderate in my spending
15. I must respect the Judiciary
16. I must be genuine
17. I must respect others freedom
18. I must speak logic
19. I must give charity
20. I must give happiness and joy to my family
21. I must speak the truth
22. I must speak good about others
23. I must be moderate in my feelings
24. I must not commit adultery
25. I must maintain my relationship with people
26. I must always be kind in dealing with others
27. I must listen to the opposite opinion
28. I must condemn sarcasm of other people
29. I must accept love with in all its forms
30. I must love and forgive
31. I must treat people equally
32. I love all
33. I must be civilized
34. I must earn my living honestly
35. I must respect and show my respect for others
36. I must help people who beg for help
37. I must follow my instincts
38. I must do good deeds
39. I must respect all religions
40. I must protect the water (The Nile) and never pollute it
41. I must respect human rights
42. I must commit to always doing my best

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What our clients have to say

What a unique experience this was for my husband and I and a group of friends ( 5 other couples). I felt like we were going back in time and living the life that a well to do 19th century family would have while they were sojourning down the Nile River. The decor of the living spaces on the second level upstairs on the upper deck looked like pieces you would see in a palace of royalty. The bedrooms on the first level that had windows that opened up just above the water level were spacious and comfortable. The bed was comfy as can be!!
The staff on the boat, and there were many, were so very attentive and tried their hardest to meet our every need and also surprised us with daily unexpected niceties and full on entertainment. The food was all homemade and delicious. Our chef was quite talented and the meals were never repeated( except for breakfast which was made to order eggs and an assortment of breads/muffins/croissants and fruit etc. Coffee and tea always available.
The tours that were scheduled for us were so well run and our Egyptologist, Ahmed , was obtaining his Ph.D in Egyptology and was so very interesting and knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to go on a hot air balloon ride and also a trip to Abu Simbel which were both amazing and unforgettable. After every tour we arrived back on the boat and were greeted by Tito and Adam with specialty cold lovely drinks and cold lemon scented wet towels to refresh ourselves with.
Tito took us shopping in the Luxor Market for a couple of hours the day before we left. He helped us negotiate the goods we purchased which was a huge help.
Lastly I have to mention our Dahabiya Cruise Captain, Mahmoud . This guy was amazing! He made sure we had everything we needed and kept us entertained with his humour and incredible dancing skills. Our group learned so much about the Egyptian culture from him during our dinner conversations.
Our group all agreed that we would miss these wonderful, thoughtful people that we spent a week with and hope they all knew how much we appreciated each one of them.

Joan Mancini
Travel date Sept 2021

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