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Kandaka: Resurrecting the Sudanese Queens

This article was published on Sudanese independent online magazine 500 Words, ‘an amalgamation of various thoughts and opinions on Sudanese society, culture and life. It is concerned with the opinions of the Sudanese youth on all things regarding the two Sudans.’

Once again, it is an intellectual pleasure to read one of the many articles published on this website, especially when it is about History. In Kandaka: Resurrecting the Sudanese Queens, Dalia Abdelrahman writes:

‘The Kingdom of Kush was an ancient Nubian state centred on the confluences of the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Atbara in what is now the Republic of Sudan. Kushite kings ruled as Pharaohs of Egypt for a century, which is a historically insignificant period of time, I am very proud nevertheless, and will tell anyone who listens.

The Kingdom was a prosperous land ruled from the capital, Meroe. They farmed, traded with Greeks and built the Pyramids that are now a UNICEF world heritage site. Additionally, the Kushites revered women. In fact women often ruled on their own and Kushite Queens were called Kandakes. The Kandades were warriors who led their nation to war.’

Did you know the Western name “Candace” is actually a form of the title “Kentake”?

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