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ab. 3008 B.C. till ab. 2975 B.C.
4. Pharaoh of the 1. Dynasty
Pharaonic names:
Nesw-bity: early pharaohs had none
Horus: Hor-Djet
Nebty: ...tjuj or ...tjwj (Turin) or Ita (Abydos)
Golden Horus unknown

Little is known ...

There is in fact not much known about Djet. His Horus-name, found on his wonderful preserved tomb stela, means "Serpent of Horus" or quot;Horus Cobra". Some people, rather on the occult side or maye just over-creatively, have assumed a connection to the feathered snake legends of Kukulkan on Central and South-America, but there is no evodence, that there was a contact between those cultures.
His reign was listed in portions of the Palermor stone that were destroyed or lost over the millenia. So, by all measures, we don't know too much about him. And still, then, we know some little but interesting details.


Djet's queen, or at least his main wife, was Merneith. She was also his sister. Aside of everything else, that indicates at least, how early the Egyptians implemented a politics of marriages between near blood relatives. Now, it is not a surprise, they did that, we are well aware, it became normality in later dynasties. The interesting factor is, how early it happened. Because it supports the impression, we see also from human sacrifices in early pharaonic tombs: Those kings were perceived as Gods, long before the raise of the 3rd dynasty, which was for a long time widely perceived as the start of Egyptian God-Kindgship. We have to rethink that part! Because marriange between near blood relatives exclusively in the royal family is an indicator for a philosophy of "pure-blood". We can assume, even we have not much evidence, that nobility tried to imitate this politics while the people were usually out of it. At least, there are not many findings of birth defects in the early Egyptian population, which would, after some generations, one of the inevitable consequences.
Merneith herself is relevant for two more factors. She was daughter of Pharaoh Djer and wife of Djet. She was also mother of the later Pharaoh Den. But before Den raised to the throne, it appears, Merneith ruled for some years as a Pharaoh in her own rights (see more under her entry in this collection). That would make her the first woman on the throne and also the first pharaoh, who voluntarily retired (even there can be argued, how voluntary it really was).
Putting all this together, we see here a picture, that is rather unusual. Because Merneith had to gain influence while her husband was still alive. Over years. Which means, Djet let her. Normally, kings ruled and wifes played a siderole, even it was an important one because in much later times, the queens were the bearers of the royal blood lines and thus legitimation to rule. But they were not that involved in politcs. However, in the case of Djet and Merneith, the picture appears almost familiar to those, who study the New Kingdom. That has the touch of Ramses and Nefertari all over again. Only around 1300 years earlier!


Also in Djet's tomb was a stela bearing the name of Ahaneith. The name is derived from the goddess Neith. The position of the stela indicates, that she was also a wife or at least consort of the king. Since we know, Merneith survived Djet and was pretty influential, we graps here another detail. Merneith was Djet's sister and his wife. Means, they married early. That means, Ahaneith, if she was actually also Djet's wife, had to be that parallel to Merneith.

The tomb

Djet's tomb is Tomb Z in the necropolis of Umm el Qua-ab. Associated with the tomb are 174 subsidiary burials. So there is no doubt about human sacrifices at Djet's funeral. However, even to kill 174 persons in honor of a dead king appears as barbarian to us, the lower number, compared to the subsidiary burials near to his father's, Djer's, tomb (300), but then to his son's Den's tomb (136), indicates, that this ritus was already fading a little. And it was not because those Pharaohs lost power or were less god-like than Djer. Den's tomb for example is the biggest and finest in Umm al-Qua'ba. The logical conclusion is, those pharaohs didn't need the same amount of human sacrifices anymore. Which would indicate, that at the time of Djet, the deization of kings was already firmly established in Egyptian culture.

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Tue, May 17, 2016
12:00 AM CT

Daniel Lee Siebert
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Fri, Dec 18, 2015
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Christman Genipperteinga
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Thu, Oct 22, 2015
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Gerard John Schaefer
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Thu, Sep 24, 2015
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Royal Russel Long
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Mon, Aug 17, 2015
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The Wyoming Rodeo Murders
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Wed, Jul 15, 2015
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Joseph Vacher, the French Ripper
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Sat, Jun 20, 2015
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Sat, May 16, 2015
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The Beauty Queen Killer
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Thu, Apr 16, 2015
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Burton W. Abbott
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Mon, Mar 16, 2015
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Darren Deon Vann
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Wed, Mar 4, 2015
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Due to technical problems, the March article was up late. Take my apologies for this glitch.

Mon, Feb 16, 2015
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Affaire of the Poisons
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Mon, Dec 8, 2014
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Joseph Bryan
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Fri, Nov 7, 2014
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The Trailside Killer
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Tue, Oct 7, 2014
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The Vampire of Duesseldorf
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Fri, Sep 12, 2014
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The Grim Sleeper
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Thu, Aug 14, 2014
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Michael Lee Lockhart
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Tue, Aug 12, 2014
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A Game of Daggers
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Sat, Jul 5, 2014
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Ivan Hill
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Sun, Jun 8, 2014
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Raya and Sakina
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Thu, May 1, 2014
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Dagmar Overbye
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Thu, May 1, 2014
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Pharaoh Djoser added to the Egyptian Collection
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Fri, Apr 4, 2014
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The Green River Killer
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Tue, Mar 4, 2014
12:00 AM CT

Manson Family
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Fri, Feb 7, 2014
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Hans van Zon
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Mon, Jan 6, 2014
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The Syracuse Dungeon Master
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Thu, Jan 2, 2014
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Thu, Dec 12, 2013
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Pharaoh Sekhemib added to the Egyptian Collection
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Tue, Dec 10, 2013
12:00 AM CT

The Riha disappearance
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Mon, Nov 4, 2013
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Richard N. Clarey jr.
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Wed, Oct 2, 2013
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