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C130 l’aereo che lo ha riportato in patria. 1 March 2010

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Oggi, su un roboante C130, che ha solcato i cieli dall’Afghanistan al Mediterraneo passando per Abu Dhabi  è giunto Piero Antonio Colazzo, il nostro Piero.

 A te, che amavi tanto Jacques Prevert dedico …la tua preferita 

per sempre!

Thank you Egyptians 5 February 2011

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We as Seshat International  would like
to express appreciation of the valiant efforts of the Egyptian people to protect
their heritage during the actual crisis. We, but not only,  are grateful  to the Egyptian people for the
risks they have taken to guard their sites and museums from
looting and damage.  We hope  for a speedy and peaceful resolution to their troubles.

I know there are people who work for all us! goodnight and we hope for a bright day tomorrow.

The words of a Man of honour: Zahi Hawass 5 February 2011

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I would disclose fully the writing of Prof. Zahi Hawass, our friend, to stop bad report on Egypt, a country that we love so much.We feel in mourning. The pain is the same feeling when dies a relative, a dear person. We do not have lifeblood, we feel emptied and we have the heart heavy. But despite everything we believe that this wave of Chaos can be removed by Maat. Isefet, the devil,  will not prevail never, at least not here.

He wrote:

The State of Egyptian Antiquities- 4 February 2011

Today is a new day, but there are still marches in the streets of Cairo. I am personally very sad for my country. I cannot believe the devastation that has happened in the streets, and that so much has stopped in the last 11 days. We have lost so much, and I do not understand how this could be. It is like a dream for me. I have come into this new position at a very critical time, but the most important thing about this is that for the first time in history Egypt has a Ministry of Antiquities. The reason that this has never happened before was because archaeology was considered a minor thing. Previously, the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) had fallen under the ministries of education, tourism, and, most recently, culture. Now, I am happy to say that there is a Ministry of Antiquities that is separate from the Ministry of Culture.  

When I was appointed as the Secretary General of the SCA in 2002, I could do a lot more than I was able to before. I could bring billions of dollars to my country through archaeology. I had a made plan in my mind in 1969, when I was an antiquities inspector at Tuna Gebel. Throughout the course of my life, I was able to follow most of this plan, but today, and for the last 10 days, I cannot think. I have not written one word on any archaeological topics because looking at what has happened to my country, I feel sad. Egypt is my life. I cannot leave the country and live in any other part of the world. I want to die in the sands of Egypt. The most important aspect of my life is to protect my antiquities, and I was astonished to hear all of the rumors about Egypt’s antiquities. I am very concerned that several members of the archaeological community have not called me directly to confirm what the rumors they have heard.

What is strange is that from the very beginning of the trouble, when the Internet was off, I was still able to send a daily report to my website, www.drhawass.com. These reports were sent by fax to Italy to enable them to be posted on my website for everyone read, therefore I cannot understand why the rumors still spread. This makes me very upset because we, the Egyptian people, defended the monuments! The most important thing everyone needs to know is that the people in the streets defended the museums, monuments, and sites. When I came into work today, I had to pass through a checkpoint. When the men in the Popular Committees running the checkpoint saw me, they asked, “Sir, how is the museum?” These men may not know how to read or write, but they are worried about their cultural heritage.

From the first day of protests, I have had an operation room running 24 hours in my Zamalek office. This operation room is connected by telephone with every museum and site in Egypt: Jewish synagogues, Coptic monasteries, Muslim mosques, and ancient Pharaonic, Greek, and Roman sites. We have been producing detailed reports daily. I hope that people all over the world will read my statements and not listen to rumors.

Many people have been saying that Saqqara was looted and it is not true. If anything had happened there, the operation room in Zamalek would have called me immediately and reported what happened. I hope that you will all read each of the statements I have released on my website that say all our sites are safe. The army, curators, antiquities inspectors, and security guards guarded the important sites. As I have said everyday, the only two incidents that have occurred are the break-in at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, and the break-in at the storage magazine in Qantara East, in the Sinai. 

As I have already stated, nothing was stolen from the museum; 70 objects were damaged but can be restored. Unfortunately, we cannot restore them now, as we had hoped, because the museum is closed and surrounded by the commanders of the army. The curators are stationed in the control room, and the cameras in the control room can see outside and inside of the museum. We are thankful for all of the offers of help that we have received, but the conservation lab of the EMC can do this easily and beautifully. Egyptians have completed restoration work before this black week began, and we will continue our work when this time passes.  

Yesterday, I received a report from Mohamed Abdel Maksoud, the general director of Lower Egypt, that 288 objects stolen from the storage magazine in Qantara East in the Sinai have been returned. He also confirmed that these objects and statues constitute everything that was taken. Of course, the final word can only come when things are calm, and the storage magazine can be subjected to a full inventory. I am confident, however, based on the report, that the 288 objects do make up the total of all of the stolen ones. 

The people who are in Europe and America are concerned about Egypt, but what is import to remember is that rumors can be very damaging. These people do not understand our feelings as Egyptians; when I come to Zamalek everyday and when I go to Saqqara, Giza, or the Egyptian Museum, or when call Luxor, Aswan, or the other sites outside of Cairo, it is very stressful. I have young people working and helping in my office 24 hours a day. I have two brave young ladies working for me: Stephanie from America and Beth from Britain. These ladies have been working, with some of my Egyptian assistants and employees, in the office everyday since the protests started, and they are typing up many reports in Arabic and English for me. Stephanie and Beth have decided not to leave Egypt.

I hope that my reports will help you all to feel calm. Each of of my daily reports have been posted on my website, drhawass.com, and the SCA website, http://www.sca-egypt.org/eng/MR_PR.htm. You all know me, if anything happens I will report it right away. Again, and again, and again I tell you that the monuments of Egypt are safe. Mrs. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, called me twice yesterday and I gave her the full report that I wrote today, and sent her all the previous reports that I have written; she was so happy to receive the good news. Francesco Bandarin, the director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, called and was also happy to hear good news. I would like to thank National Geographic, CIPEG, and Blue Shield, for offering words of support as well

We all pray for Egypt!!! 31 January 2011

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There are days in our life we want forget, sometimes some happens and we can’t believe because it’s over our imagination. But from time to time the reality is so shocking that seems a movie.

Last 25th January I was incredulous seeing in TV what was happen in Cairo especially in places that I know very well, as my own: Tahrir Square, Egyptian Museum, Cornish el-Nil, Sharia Qasr el –Ayni and so on… The first thing that make me feel skeptical were images showing a Cairo badly, I thought it was a city back to me more than 25 years ago, when just teenagers I was studied there. At that time was difficult to find anything: food, dresses, books and so on. My mind contrariwise have now others images of the Egyptian capital, more modern than what I saw in TV.

 In second place even I am not entering in political topic, but as I believe in freedom I must say, is that their President did a lot and I saw year by year growing the country in building popular houses, improving transports, cleaning the city, organizing cultural events, opening new libraries, new bookstore and cultural centers. What about the archaeological sites and theatres and Museums in order to valorize the Egyptian heritage, that is a treasure for the entire world, it’s our heritage. And what about the strong action did abroad in order to promote tourism, that means money for all the Egyptian working in it, that are a lot, considering hotels workers, drivers, travel agents, guides and so on. What about books that Egypt was printing by signature of Zahi Hawass translated in all world’s most important languages that divulgate their history and arts?

As archaeologist I must say that I was disgusted to see damaged founds in the Museum in Tahrir and some founds stolen in depots all over the country, because this is not concerning with the request of rights of the Egyptians . This is just a criminal action, as the looting of the houses and shops. I hope nothing will happen in Egypt like it was for the Baghdad Museum in Iraq, not just for my egoism but for the future generations. Consider as I said.

“If”, and sun is shining in Cairo… dedicated to Zahi Hawass, new Minister of Culture 31 January 2011

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‘If’ by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master,
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

to be continued…

Congratulation, we all are beside You!

Always and forever and ever because our soul was cry.

Il “dolore” per gli egizi 22 March 2010

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Tomba di Ramose- TT55-Gournah- Tebe ovest.

Il male più grande delle società moderne è l’annullameto del divino , l’annullamento dello spirito e dunque la negazione dell’anima. Tutto è dunque concesso in virtù di questa negazione. Ciò ha portato l’uomo delegando  altri, come i sacerdoti,  autorizzati al colloquio con il divino, a desacralizzarsi rimanendo immobile, prigioniero del mondo della razionalità. Tutti i miti antichi  si svuotano di significato e tutti i simboli che lo avevano definito homo religiosus, si trasformano in segni vuoti di affettività. Il sacro non è un momento della storia della coscienza, ma un elemento della struttura della coscienza, e nessuno guarisce veramente se non riesce a raggiungere un atteggiamento religioso.  L’uomo, attraverso i miti o la visione di ierofanie, era dal punto di vita psichico in contatto con questa dimensione e quindi con se stesso.

Il viaggio notturno di RA 7 March 2010

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Per gli antichi egizi Ra era il sole, un elemento naturale che predomina su altri, è il demiurgo. Il sole grande, potente, vitale, ammaliò gli antichi e  stregò anime sensibili di personaggi come Ungaretti, poeta ermetico, ma unversale nella sua essenzialità, la cui poesia Mattino non mi fu mai così chiara finchè non mi trovai a tu per tu con il sole ad altre latitudini rispetto alle nostre, cioè l’Egitto.Lo splendore del sole sorto da poco risvegliò nel poeta forti sentimenti interiori associati alla vastità. M’illumino d’immenso definisce l’idea dell’infinita grandezza percepita attraverso la forma della luce, in cui il poeta intuisce l’Immensità divina: per lui è la luce della creazione.

Ra  è il Dio creatore, Padre degli uomini e degli dei  al vertice della gerarchica divina , tutto esiste in lui e lui è in tutto. Studi recenti hanno dimostrato la raffinatezza del pensiero religioso egizio e dall’errata definizione di politeismo siamo gradualmente passati ad enoteismo, ma Champllion disse già nel 1839 che “la religione egizia è puro monoteismo che si manifesta esteriormente in politeismo simbolico”.

Considerare Ra come “il dio sole è assai semplicistico non adatto ad una speculazione esatta e puntuale tipica del pensiero egizio. Ra è l’origine di tutto e la sua autocoscienza, detta creazione è immanente ed è specchio del cielo. La comparso all’orizzonte durante la prima volta zep tepy produsse il concetto di tempo e definì uno spazio. Con il tempo nacque anche l’eternità come si evince dai capitoli 75-80 dei Testi dei Sarcofagi che  illustrano una visione spaziale dell’universo  in cui Ra afferma: “Sono uscito fra le sue gambe  e sono venuto all’esistenza nelle sue braccia, ho creato lo spazio nel suo corpo…” . il forza che consente creazione del sole e lo sviluppo è  Shu che è anche l’eternità neheh. “La via dell’eternità neheh è il cammino di suo padre Ra” .

L’eternità neheh è ciclica e si oppone a quella djet continua e lineare, djet esiste in neheh e trae energia da essa perchè tempo e spazio sono strettamente uniti tra loro in quanto generati entrambe dalla separazione di Geb da Nut e sono incarnate da RA ed OSIRIDE.

Nei testi delle Litanie di Ra  il sovrano riposa nella Duat (aldilà) si identificherà con il sole e diventerà  il successore di Ra, nonché il “benu” misterioso, cioè l’airone azzurro.Riposa “in cielo, nei campi di Ra”, e “all’orizzonte, nei Campi dei Giunchi.Attraversa la terra come Ra e pronunzia giudizi come Thot”.
Il rituale, dopo un’altra invocazione all’Occidente, termina proclamando che il defunto è in cielo e in terra:”Il suo ba appartiene al cielo e riposa colà, il suo corpo è per la terra, fra gli dei””Il cammino del re è come quello di Ra … egli viene in esistenza come Khepri. Egli rivive di ciò di cui tu vivi,in verità,in verità”.


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Già gli egizi, popolo dalla sofisticata metempsicosi, affidavano al ricordo e alla ripetizione del nome la rinascita nell’Aldilà. Seguendo tale principio, ma anche quello cristiano  è doveroso un pensiero per una persona delicata, sensibile, colta, altruista, con grandi ideli come Piero che ha perso la vita in un tragico attentato a Kabul, lo scorso venerdì, quando un commando terrorista ha fatto esplodere due autobombe  per creare panico e poi lucidi kamikaze, forse coperti con il burqa, hanno fatto irruzione dentro il Park Residence Hotel dove erano ospitati alcuni stranieri  tra cui Pietro Antonio Colazzo, per me semplicemente Piero.



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I video di youtube  costituiscono una testimonianza eloquente del giorno del funerale di Piero: strade, e  piazze gremite di gente per rendere onore ad un grande uomo che ha sacrificato se stesso  per il bene di tutti noi.

Credo che il suo nome debba essere ricordato perchè egli ha scritto con la sua vita una pagina di pace per l’umanità, non ha pubblicato libri, ma se lo avesse fatto sarebbero stati profondi e commoventi come lo erano i suoi racconti , le sue poesie, le sue ricerche.

Il 9 marzo alle ore 18,30 a Torino presso la chiesa di San Francesco da Paola in Via Po 16 il Prof. Pennacchietti dell’Ateneo torinese con  Maria Stella Mazzanti, Presidente dell’Associazione Seshat International e collega di Piero, si ritroveranno per una commemorazione.

Colazzo, servitore dello Stato, a Lui onore e memoria! 28 February 2010

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Pietro Antonio  Colazzo (Piero) all’AISE  (Agenzia italiana sicurezza esterna) svolgeva un lavoro assai delicato e importante. Ci sono cose che si sanno, ma non si possono dire. In questa riflessione c’è un pò di “egizianità” : il segreto deve essere celato, e a tal proposito rimando al post sul dio Bes,  pertanto tale affermazione pone  il mio caro amico Piero e chi scrive in una dimensione di imprecisata nebulosità. Un fatto rimane che trent’anni di affetto ed amicizia non possono essere cancellati. Il giorno dell’attentato a Kabul tutti i TG e le principali testate giornalistiche parlavano dell’evento con grande apprensione, soprattutto prima che si conoscesse l’identità della vittima italiana. Quando gli stessi afghani hanno dichiarato che si trattava di un agente dei servizi segreti si è avvertito un certo imbarazzo, si precisava che era un diplomatico e poi nulla più. Se fosse stato invece un soldato, o realmente un medico, si sarebbero creati servizi d’informazione  per delineare questa o quella dote. Invece nulla: tutto è piombato nel più sconcertante silenzio, un silenzio imbarazzante. Solo il TG1 diurno il TG2 serale hanno informato telegraficamente che la salma di Colazzo rientrerà lunedì mattina. Credo che quando si lavori per la pace universale non faccia differenza se si tratti di un militare o un civile, soprattutto quando la lealtà e la fedeltà  per il servizio e l’amor di  Patria sacrificano la propria vita personale, con  una dedizione assoluta e genuina. Continueremo a parlare di Piero per rendere onore alla Sua memoria e ringraziarLo.