It is not news that culture Brazilian, as well as the world, has always been intertwined with several others. However, what may not be remembered by everyone is the extreme importance of Ancient Egypt, in the cultural, political and social formation of Brazilians.
Thus, it is necessary to understand the reason for such importance, as well as the main aspects to be influenced by this cultural encounter.
Although Sociology defines culture as an aspect of a social group, there is nothing to prevent interactions between individuals, thus generating cultural diversity.
With this, it is possible to perceive the countless Egyptian influences in the daily life of the Brazilian population, such as, for example, the use of cosmetics and habits that are part of the aesthetic standards until today.
The use of cosmetics
In Ancient Egypt, the use of makeup was not only intended for aesthetics, but also for daily hygiene and protection. At that time, all citizens, from Pharaoh to peasants, used cosmetics.
However – as already stated by Pierre Bourdieu in his book, published in 1979, the social class of individuals has the power to modify their cultural practices – the quality and quantity used depended on the social status of each citizen present, making the culture a method of social distinction, which lasts until modernity.
Furthermore, in ancient Egypt, because of the belief that there would be an afterlife and, consequently, with the mummification process, it was possible to establish new medical advances, which are still present today.
An example of this is that there was the emergence of surgeries, which could only be achieved by the extensive anatomical knowledge, present in the acts of Egyptian mummification.
Because there are no distinctions that demarcate what was in fact considered politics than what was religion, it was believed that Pharaoh was the representation of the gods on earth and, in this way, was the most important person, respected and even, completely, deified by other citizens. Everything that was of Pharaoh’s will his subjects did.
Today, in Brazil, despite the fact that there are several representatives (mayors, governors, deputies and the president) who are democratically elected by the people, the hope of change deposited by each of the Brazilians is directly intertwined with the image, which each politician represents.
Therefore, what is in evidence is not the government plan, or even the competence attributed to that individual, but what this representative is able to do to distance himself from what was accomplished in the previous government, since there is a certain Brazilian democracy cries out for help, as it is not fully respected.
With this, it is clear that there is a political deification, as in Egyptian culture, which aims at alienating citizens, putting radicalism above the individual inconsistencies of each one.