A False Accusation In Ancient Egypt – The D’Orbiney Papyrus
The D’Orbiney Papyrus written in ancient Egypt around 1225 B.C. or about 3,200 years ago in the Nineteeth Dynasty gives us “The Tale Of Two Brothers.” It is the story of Anubis, the elder brother, and Batau, the younger brother, who was falsely accused of sexual assault/rape by his sister-in-law. This story is a great example of how the true gynocentric nature of women in ancient times was the same as it is today. The D’Orbiney Papyrus shows us that the concept of women weaponizing the “false accusation” existed over 3200 years ago just as it exists today. There are theories of what the purpose was for writing about the story of The Tale Of Two Brothers in ancient Egypt. Many believe it was written as a fairy tale. It doesn’t matter why it was written. What matters is that the story depicts the way of life in ancient Egypt, and the fact that the ‘false accusation of sexual assault’ did exist. Men today are all too familiar with the false accusation of sexual harassment in the workplace, the false accusation of domestic violence, the false accusation of child abuse, the false accusation of rape, and others, and now we know that men in ancient Egypt had to deal with the same gynocentric weaponization of the false accusation too.
The Tale Of Two Brothers
In the ancient Egytian tale, the younger brother Batau leaves the field where he and his older brother Anubis are working to go home to retrieve some seed that he and his older brother need so that they can continue working in the field. When the younger brother returns home to get the seed he needs, he is sexually harrassed by his sister-in-law as described by the following passage taken from a copy of the D’Orbiney Papyrus digitized by Cornell University:
(The words of Batau’s sister-in-law talking to her brother-in-law Batau who has returned home to retrieve some seed) – “You are, indeed, very strong. I have for some time already been admiring your strength. And her heart grew desirous, for she knew his strength. Then she arose, being passionately enamored of him, and said: “Come, let us enjoy an hour of intercourse, and I will do many favors for you and will surely make you two beautiful garments.”
After hearing his sister-in-law’s words, Batau openly rejects her advances and scolds her for her behavior with such words as, “Oh, what terrible sin is that which you want me to commit! Don’t ask me again!”
The False Accusation: After being rejected by Batau, Anubis’ wife concocts a full-fledged false accusation of sexual assault against her brother-in-law Batau when Anubis returns home to his cheating wife.
But the wife of the older brother was afraid that his younger brother had told him all that she had said, so she besmeared herself with grease and firt and gave herself the appearance of one who had been ravishied: for she intended to say to her husband: “your younger brother has done me violence.” Now when her husband returned in the evening as usual and came to his house, he found his wife lying on the floor like one who had been outraged by some villain. She did not fetch him water for his hands, as she always did, nor did she light the lamp for him; but his house was in darkness, and she was lying besmeared on the floor. Then he asked her: “Who has had intercourse with you?” She answered; “Who else but your younger brother, when he came to get some seed for you and found me alone. It was then he said to me: ‘Come, let us enjoy an hour of intercourse! Put on your new dress! So said he to me’,,, Now if you let him live, then I must die; for he will come to beat me,because I have betrayed you to his wicked words.”
As we can see from the above, not only did Anubis’ wife do a great acting job to support her false rape accusation against Batau, she also attempted to convince her husband to become her “knight in shining armor” so that she could use her husband to take out her revenge on Batau because she was sexually rejected by Batau. Indeed, this tale also reveals how a woman will attempt to take out her aggression on a man by proxy. She actually wants her husband to kill Batau when she says, “Now if you let him live, then I must die” even though SHE was the one who sexually harrassed Batau. It doesn’t matter if it was 3,200 years ago or in 2017, the false accusation weapon is always a powerful gynocentric tool a woman can pull out of her arsenal of weapons that she uses to acheive her predatory gynocentric goals.
Female Privilege: The tale in the D’Orbiney Papyrus also gives us clues to the level of female privelege in ancient Egypt as we see in the following passage.
then he went and found the wife of his older brother sitting in the house and arranging her hair and said to her: “Come give me some seed that I may take it to the field; for my older brother has sent me saying: Run and don’t be long about it!” But she answered him: “Oh, go yourself! open the bin an take as much as you need. I am afraid, lest my tresses fall to the ground ”
Because the two brothers in the Tale of Two Brothers are men, they are the ones who are outside working in the hot sun and doing the backbreaking work while Anubis’ wife is home safe from the doing the backbreaking work in the hot sun. Her only concern before Batau came out of working in the fields to retrieve some seed was her “arranging her hair.” Yes, female privilege existed over 3,200 years ago just as it does today where all over the world men are condemned to doing the backbreaking jobs and doing the heavy lifting while their wives live priveleged lives free from doing any backbreaking work at all.
We can see from the above that the predatory gynocentric nature of women that weaponizes such things as the false accusation against men is the same today as it was in the past – women will always be women who will always be equipped with
an arsenal of weapons of mass male destruction.
The Text Of The D’Orbiney Papyrus
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