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Tomb of the Manicurists.

Need role models for a long-term gay relationship? Look no further than the tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep in Saqqara, Egypt. These two men, who shared the title Overseer of the Manicurists in the Palace of the King, were buried together much like a married couple and arc depicted in intimate embrace throughout the tomb (a 15-mile taxi ride from Cairo). San Francisco-based Egyptologist Greg Reeder, who first visited the tomb in 1981, has written extensively about same-sex desire in ancient Egypt. "Under [rare] circumstances the love two men had for each other could be shown," he says about these privileged filers of Pharaoh's fingernails. To witness their undying love first-hand, buy a ticket to the Saqqara necropolis, then buy an extra ticket for the tomb of the "two brothers" and ask for directions. And times have changed: "I think the gay tourist should be circumspect while traveling in Egypt," Reeder cautions, alluding to the current routine persecution of openly gay men. "Be respectful and be aware."
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Title Annotation:Saqqara, Egypt
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:7EGYP
Date:Mar 1, 2005
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