A few months ago I happened to be looking through available documentaries and came across an image archeologists had found of a woman known as one of the greatest beauties of Ancient Egypt. Even the Pharaoh found comfort in her presence. The archeologists had found a list of her daily beauty rituals, including brushing her teeth with goat urine to keep them white. I was appalled at the lengths people would go to to feed their vanity and pondered this quite a bit, comparing it to the estrogen sources used today, as well as the collagen obtained from aborted fetuses for use in collagen injections in the present days' quest for beauty and eternal youth.
I was very surprised when this "great beauty" (not so beautiful by today's standards) appeared in my room one night and showed me how white her teeth were. She introduced herself as Anahiparahu Ranin — "The Heavenly Song of the Pharaoh".
I knew there had to be a big insight I had to see regarding the concept of beauty, particularly since I've had a lifelong love affaire with all things beautiful.
Here are the valuable insights I gained from the visit of Ranin the Beautiful:
- The concept of beauty is an illusion. Something is only beautiful by comparison to something else. The whiteness of her teeth as a beauty feature, was seen as exceptional because the other members of the general populace did not have white teeth.
- A standard of beauty is a volatile one. It changes from generation to generation; it is a fleeting preference based on comparison. It is an unreal value given by the changing preferences of humanity.
- What is seen to be beautiful is often determined by famous or much admired celebrities. In other words, it is a reflection of the conceit and vanity of the self-importance of another, who is for a brief moment of time a celebrity upon the stage of life, before death and decay claims them too.
So interesting! It makes me think of humanities architecture. The medieval architecture that still stands is considered beautiful, the gardens of Versailles are considered beautiful, but the buildings erected today which are considered beautiful, are criticised by many because of the comparison to the older architecture styles…
I think all these buildings that reach for the sky and "innovative" lavish homes are hideous. The most beautiful buildings to ‘'me" are the little cottages in with vast and varied gardens.
Nature is a good reference point for beauty to me…
Dhani Nallainathan says
Oh that's a hoot!! Thank you for sharing these valuable insight with us Almine.
Alexandra DV says
Ha! Was just asking my dentist if my teeth could be whiter. I was asked for skincare tips today. I saw a resplendent blue alien-like nudibranch on the beach the other day – a miraculously gorgeous creature I've never encountered before.
Almine, I am very greatful for the sharing of this deep insight and the reminder of the disturbing things that happen in the beauty industry…
A saying from eons ago
" Beauty is in the eyes of the Beholder"
In otherwords what one finds beautiful another may not..
I feel I find beauty in all things… Even in what people may not instantly see or perceive as beauty, it can reveal itself in all its splendour layer by layer
Or be hidden so deep beneath the surface of another that one must look deeper to find the diamond jewelled gem..
Sometimes it can be breathtaking once found… Then released again.
. Of course you already know this..
Much Love and Gratitude
And to Rogier for posting here 💖
Beautycraft – Lovecraft – Warcraft – Witchcraft! Beauty, Power, and War – all illusional Bed partners!
Yes, I have come to these conclusions as well. Distaste in the self and outer life always stems from comparison and expectation. I remain home within myself.