Djehuty-Mesu (Thutmose III), the Greatest African ever

Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu Temple of Deir el Bahari
Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu
Temple of Deir el Bahari

The birth name of the great king was Djehuty-Mesu Neferkheperu, which means ‘he who was born from Djehuty (Thoth) whose future is perfect’. He is the son of Aisata, a Sudanese royal wife, and of the Pharaoh Djehuty-Mesu Neferkhau (Thutmose II). As he was 5 years old when his father passed away, it was his step-mother and sister of his father, the great royal spouse and sovereign of Egypt queen Hatshepsut who was in charge of accompanying the king-child exercising the power.

As Hatshepsut had the matriarchal legitimacy of the power according to the African tradition, she ended up exercising completely the power and was crowned Pharaoh. On January 14th -1458, after the death of the queen, Djehuty-Mesu Neferkheperu became effective king of Ta Mery which means ‘Beloved Land’ – Egypt – under the name of Menkheperre – May the transformation of the matter by God remain -. He was 29 years old.

Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu Metropolitan Museum
Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu
Metropolitan Museum

Ta Mery was at that time under the continuous threat of the neighbor peoples who were trying to take possession of the country since the rejected invasion of the Hyksos under king Yahmesu (Ahmose). It was then as a reaction to an attack that Egypt became an imperialistic country under Djehuty-Mesu. From the moment he acceded to the throne, armed with the sword of justice and truth, and carried by Imana-Ra (God) he led in 20 years 17 military campaigns without being defeated and built his legend.

Djehuty-Mesu entered in Asia with 10 000 men and won the battle in Aruna, Megiddo, Palestine and Djahi (Phoenicia). His wars against Mitanni (Iraq) were the toughest. Mitanni is located on the other side of the river Euphrates and Egyptians had for challenge to cross it. The king ordered the construction of boats in Byblos in Djahi that were afterwards taken across the desert until the Euphrates. The troops of Mitanni, who thought they were protected by the river, were surprised by the naval attack and pushed back.

Djehouty-Messou écrasant ses enemis Gravure du temple de Karnak
Djehuty-Mesu crushing his enemies
Engraving of the temple of Karnak

Crete, Cyprus, Babylonians, Libyans and the Hittites (Turkish), formerly very troublesome, submitted themselves to the Pharaoh. All the kings of the conquered regions rushed to the give their daughters in marriage to the African king as a sign of allegiance. Thanks to the contact between the Hittites and the Egyptians, the language of the first became the first Indo-European written language of the history.

Finally, Djehuty-Mesu son of Aisata conducted a military campaign in Nubia – Sudan – the country of his ancestors. He distinguished himself there by a considerable architectural work and Nubia became a part of the Egyptian empire that at that time extended until Iraq. The war loots made Ta Mery more rich and the empire reached it’s political apogee. Djehuty-Mesu took the geographical extension of the Pharaonic civilization to its maximum and imposed Africa as the first world power. The Pharaoh passed away at the age of 64. The only man that can be compared to him is Ramesu Maryimana (Rameses II).

Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu (right of the image) Temple of Deir el Bahari
Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu (right of the image)
Temple of Deir el Bahari

According to the tradition, the king is the spiritual son of Imana-Ra/Amen-Ra (God). We can read the triumphal hymn of God for Djehuty-Mesu in the temple of Karnak:

Mummy of Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu Source : National Geographic
Mummy of Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu
Source : National Geographic

Yin.i di.i titi.k uru Djahi – I have come, I allow you to defeat the princes of Djahi (Phoenicia); I throw them to your feet across them countries; – I make them see your majesty, covered with your war finery when you take your arm on your chariot.

Yin.i di.i titi.k ta Yabeti – I have come, I allow you to defeat the western land – ; Kafti (Crete) and Asi (Cyprus) are under your terror; I make them see your majesty like a young bull, with a strong heart, with his horns, to whom one could not resist.

Yin.i di.i titi.k imiu nebut.sen. Tau nu metjen sedau kher sendju.kI have come, I allow you to defeat the people who resist on their harbors, and the regions of Mitanni tremble under your terror -; – I make them see your majesty like the hippopotamus, lord of terror on the waters that one could approach (…)

Yin.i di.i titi.k yuntchu seti – I have come, I allow you to defeat the barbarians of Nubia – ; everything is on your hand, until the land of Punt – I make them see your majesty similar to 2 brothers, Horo and Sute –Horus and Seth), I gathered the arms in order to ensure your power’.

Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu Illustration by Antonio Wade for Anheuser Busch
Menkheperre Djehuty-Mesu
Illustration by Antonio Wade for Anheuser Busch

By: Lisapo ya Kama © (All rights reserved. Any copying or translation of the text of this article is strictly forbbiden without the written approval of Lisapo ya Kama)

Notes :

  • antikforever.com
  • Civilization or Barbarism, Cheikh Anta Diop, page 121-122.
  • Thutmose III’s poetic headstone by rennesegypto.
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