Nubia is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, but the more powerful Egyptian empire often overshadowed it. The two kingdoms frequently engaged in war, with Egypt plundering Nubia.
So how did Nubia end up ruling Egypt when it was smaller and less powerful?
One battle made this possible.
Led by King Piye, a Nubian army of only 700 warriors marched north to Egypt’s spiritual center. There, the Nubians confronted their conquerors, and this time, they toppled the mighty empire - not with violence, but with knowledge.
Piye knew his Nubian history. He understood that many Egyptians considered Nubia’s spiritual center the birthplace of Amun, the revered Egyptian god. So Piye used his powerful history to persuade the Egyptians as part of his battle plan.
Piye defeated three smaller armies around the capital of Memphis, then overtook Memphis. But instead of staying in Egypt, he went back to Nubia – and declared his kingdom under Amun's blessing. But then something supernatural happened.
An earthquake destroyed many of Egypt’s pyramids, as if Amun appreciated Piye’s act of loyal defiance. What’s more, the Egyptians accepted their defeat in Memphis with no violence.
Piye ruled Egyptians in Nubia for many years.
Like Piye, we can draw power from the spiritual traditions that have sustained us for millennia. What spiritual tradition makes you feel powerful?
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