Here we are at Day 3 of 2016’s 366 Days. February 29 adds an additional day to 2016.
As we look over the vast vistas of the New Year in their panoramic landscapes, a question rises. What will be your quest or continual quest this year?
A quest is defined as
“A long or arduous search for something / In medieval romance) an expedition made by a knight to accomplish a prescribed task..” http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/quest
The most famous quest is from the Arthurian legends. The search for the Holy Grail became the focus of the knights, especially Galahad.
Coming down to the 20th Century, another quest had been undertaken in the Valley of the Kings:
It was on January 3, 1924 that Howard Carter found his quest after tedious searches and long days and nights which began in 1914. In the 1890s Howard Carter was a teenage artist who went to Egypt to draw what the archaeologist unearthed.
Carter impressed the colorful Earl of Carnarvon (George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert). Lord Carnarvon would become the financial sponsor of one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th Century.
From Carter’s diary of January 3, 1924:
“At 3 pm in the afternoon, in the presence of Harkness, Lythgoe, Engelbach, Newberry, Mace, Callender, Winlock, Burton, and Lucas, cut the cords of the seal of the 3rd shrine and opened the folding doors, laying bare the doors of a fourth shrine. The doors of this fourth shrine were bolted but not sealed. After a little difficulty owing to the sizes and levels of the shrines we were able to open the doors of the innermost (fourth) shrine which exposed the end of a magnificent crystalline sandstone sarcophagus intact – for true description of the whole proceedings see Mace’s diary…”
For Carter and his fellow searchers had found the sarcophagus of King Tutankhaten, commonly known as King Tut. For over 3000 years this teenage 12th King of the 18th Dynasty lay in his gold coffin guarded by the goddesses Isis, Nephthys, Neith and Selket.
Tutankhaten means “the living image of Aten”. In simple terms Aten was the sun god and at the time the principal god of Tutankhaten’s father Akhenaten.
On the tombstone in London’s Putney Vale Cemetery of Howard Carter, archaeologist and Egyptologist, the inscription reads:
“May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness”
Whatever your quest may be in 2016, may your search be fertile. Embrace the joy of life along the journey.
If there are lessons to be learned from Howard Carter, keep searching. Life is transitory on this planet traversing the cosmos.
Have a great 2016!
G. D. Williams © 2016
Howard Carter (May 9, 1874 – March 2, 1939)