Memory and Heritage

As individual’s memory plays a significant role in our lives, how we see ourselves is very much rooted in the past. The past is what makes us who we are, it’s where we come from, where we grew up, the history of our families and ancestors, and of our country or town. All these elements help shape us into who we are and who we become. And these memories allow us to connect with others and preserve our past and our culture.

In the same manner, certain sites strongly display certain traditions and cultures and ways of living and they need to be preserved so that those memories can be and passed down through many generations.

An example of a site that is itself a great example of memory and heritage would be the Nubian monuments. The Abu Simbel temples, which are two massive rocks, represent a long Egyptian pharaoh history and culture. They are located on the western bank of Lake Nasser. The 2 temples were originally made during the reign of pharaoh Ramesses 2 in the 13th century BC as a monument for himself and his queen to commemorate the victory at Kadesh. With the help of the world heritage convention the sites were relocated to avoid submerged during the High Dam in the early 1960. This helped saved the memory and heritage behind the temples. It’s one of the largest monuments dating back to the pharaoh times, the statues depicted many members of the pharaoh’s family, and it’s considered a sacred area too many.



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13 Responses to Memory and Heritage

  1. dvelazquez2 says:

    I really liked the way your introduction was relatable with one, it really helped me understand your connection of the Abu temples and memory. Also, you summarized the heritage site perfectly so that we know just enough to be able to connect memory and your world heritage site.

  2. rramirez46 says:

    I agree with the previous comment. I liked how you began your blog post and were able to make the introduction relatable which helped connect memory and heritage to everyday life and to a World Heritage Site.

  3. btungumurhan says:

    But the question is, do you really believe the Nubian monuments were a part of the Egyptian memory as part of their own heritage at the time of the construction of the dam? There are a lot of studies that actually implicate the constructed nature of Egyptian nationalism and its associating with the Pharaonic past.

    • The Abu Simbel relocation is one of the success stories of the WHC. Other two feats would be the salvaging of Venice and its Lagoons, and the restoration of the Borubudur Temple Compounds in Indonesia. To think that these efforts were made way before the title of WHS has been conferred to first set of sites in the late 70s. In response to the earlier comment, I think that the Nubian monuments transcend beyond mere Egyptian importance – it represents an important phase in world civilization.

  4. nlenriquez says:

    I agree with how you connected memory and how it plays a significant role in our lives. Our past really does show who we are. Also I like how you related back to the Ramesses 2 temples and how they were relocated to save memory.

  5. mbrooks8 says:

    The topic of Egyptian monuments is very interesting in itself; I’m glad someone chose to write about this. The information that the monuments were relocated is surprising, and it makes me wonder what other heritage sites were also relocated.

    • Pergamon Museum or the Museumsinsel in Berlin (which is also a WHS!) is an interesting case. There are several sites/edifices/monuments there that were taken from World Heritage listed locations.

  6. sbolanos3 says:

    I can fully understand on why you believe that memories are significant to our daily lives and completely agree with you. I was really interested in how you connected the temples to your own heritage. I was also interested in the reason for the heritage site relocation.

  7. anunez35 says:

    I agree that our past determines a lot of how we see ourselves. I really enjoyed reading your post. I actually never really heard of this site before reading this, so I found it very interesting.

  8. danalba2 says:

    I also agree with your post, seeing as to why and how memory can form an important part of how we see ourselves and the actions that we make in the present

  9. jortega95 says:

    I enjoyed reading this article because I found myself relating to your idea of heritage and the role memory plays. When looking at my heritage and looking at ways to define myself, I take into consideration all the aspects of heritage you described. Having memory of my heritage, and history of it, is very important because it helps me come to an understanding as to what I aspire to be.

  10. As so many before me, I also agree with your post. I believe our memory of the past, both our own and our ancestor’s, helps guide us for our future. By keeping the tangible objects preserved, we are able to keep the intangible memory by our side.

  11. mgoldberg4 says:

    As was stated above all instances of memory are important in order to preserve the past. It is the right of all to be entitled to share their part of a story. For example, Authorized Heritage Discourse limits the opportunity for memory and other recounts of the past to become prevalent in defining certain symbols of heritage.

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