Did ancient Egyptians have electricity?


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So who was it that actually discovered electricity and took the opportunity to create an artificial light source? Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison are the respective gentlemen believed to be the fathers of light or at least that’s the answer that has been accepted as a fact.

Curiosity and surprise have been present when trying to figure out how did the ancients in Egypt achieve their artistic and technical perfection in total darkness in the immense underground corridors that are found in countless monuments in different necropolis through Egypt. Just how did they manage these incredible feasts without a constant light source? That is a question that has been partially answered by archaeologists and historians, but these theories haven’t been accepted by everyone.

An impressive hypothesis has been present when it comes to Ancient Egypt as a growing number of researchers argue that we should no longer accept the popular version of who actually invented electricity. They argue that electricity was originally discovered in the ancient world and the Egyptian priesthood was the first to harness the power to illuminate their underground tombs and monuments. Alternative theorists point towards a series of reliefs covering the walls in a dark corner of a crypt in the temple of Hathor at Dendera.

One of these relieves caught the attention of a visitor , a Norwegian engineer who had no doubt that what he actually saw, depicted in the wall of the temple of Dandera was in fact, an ancient light bulb.
This fantastic revelation spread quickly and caught the attention of engineers and researchers alike, and after studying the relief they agreed that the depictions on the walls of the temple of Hathor at Dendera certainly seemed to represent an electric light bulb. As researchers compared and studied the depictions comparing the different types of bulbs they reached a conclusion: the ancient Egyptians had working light bulbs achieved by what is called “Crookes tubes”. Officially, a Crookes tube is an early experimental electrical discharge tube, with partial vacuum, invented by English physicist William Crookes and others around 1869-1875, in which cathode rays, streams of electrons, were discovered.

“When the tube [Crookes] is in operation, the beam is created where the power cord enters the cathode tube at the opposite end. In the image of the temple, the electron beam is represented as an extended snake. The tail of the Snake begins where a cable from the power box enters the tube, and the head of the snake touches the opposite end, and in Egyptian art, the serpent was the symbol of divine energy …. “- Chris Dunn,” The Giza Power Plant. ”

To understand why electrical engineers and other researchers were excited by the discovery of the dander bulb, and why they believe that the ancient Egyptians had Crookes tubes, we observe the following images, that according to ancient astronaut theorists is evidence that supports their theories.

Dander Light Bulb, Ancient Egypt, Science, Electricity Ancient Egypt
The depiction of the Dendera Light Bulb
The Crookes tube
The Crookes tube

According to researchers the similarities are immense. The Dendera Light Bulb could in fact be a device very similar to what we know today is a Crookes tube.

Proponents of the hypothesis argue that along the ancient temples of Egypt and crypts, that have extremely intricate designs of sculptures, reliefs and murals exist where there is no light available. The possibility of the use of lanterns and lamps has been proposed throughout the years, but researchers have failed to find traces of soot. The Egyptian mirrors could have been a possibility but a very ineffective one as Egyptian mirrors were made of polished copper and would have not been able top reflect light with sufficient intensity to bounce off of seven or eight mirrors to deliver enough light to the underground chambers. But not only was the mirror an issue, given the fact that the sun actually moves across the sky, ancient Egyptians would have needed to constantly adjust the position of the mirrors to accurately reflect light, making this theory not an option.


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  1. Looks like a snake in a tube to me… similar to those sailing ships you can stuff sideways in bottles and turn upright. I’d be willing to bet the ancients were such free spirits who didn’t care that wearing animal head dresses (along with say human sacrifices) were run of the mill, everyday occurrence. A serpent in a bottle just being part of their lifestyle.

  2. OK, guys. Ancient electrical lamps… larger than a human being… with a snake inside! It’s sooooo logical.

  3. Where’s the evidence of these bulbs now? Why weren’t any of them left in the pyramids or tombs if this is a fact. Did they use glass to maintain the slight vacuum in the bulbs? f so, why didn’t they use glass in other places? Why didn’t they make glass art or anything else?

  4. Those are not electrical bulbs, but pots in which poisonous snakes were kept inside. Snakes were a very essencial part of the spiritual rituals performed by Ancient priests of God SebAzi God of the Human Soul of Ancient Bulgarians. Ancient Egypt was founded by Ancient Bulgarians who were the first human beings on earth. They were enlightened sages and giant people who were very godly and venerated God BalAz the Sun god as well as Godess Mother of Existence Ra / BaRa / BaTa (Ptah). Ancient Bulgarians gave also the name of Egypt which means GeBaTa – Land (Ge) of BaTa Godess Mother. Ancient Bulgarian priests called zhretsi used to hold snakes in their hands and throw them in the air while performing their rituals of veneration to Godess Mother and God Son SebAzi.

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