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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Egypt (Ancient)

The Egyptians usually only had one main meal every day, at lunchtime, with light snacks for breakfast and supper.

Rich Egyptians  never ate fish as they regarded them as evil creatures.

Everybody ate bread, for which the Egyptians had 15 different words, it was the most important part of most peoples diet.

Alcohol was very important in ancient Egypt. This is indicated by the fact that while most gods were only worshiped locally, Sesmu- the god of wine- was worshiped throughout the country.

Pharaohs lived in spectacular palaces (the word “pharaoh” means “great house”.)

Hatshepsut, the sixth pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, was one of the few—and by far the most successful—women to rule Egypt as pharaoh. During her remarkable reign  between c. 1479-1458 b.c. she donned male clothing and wore a false beard.

The Greeks laughed at the Egyptians' strangely constructed tombs, calling them "wheaten cakes," which gave us the word "pyramid."

The cat was proclaimed to be sacred in ancient Egypt. Thousands of cats were mummified after their deaths to ensure them eternal life.

In Ancient Egyptian religion there were 42 commandments and 42 gods who ruled on the fate of the dead in the afterworld.

Ancient Egyptians would shave off their eyebrows in order to properly mourn the death of their cats.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked every hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes as part of their ritual.

According to Greek historian Herodotus, Ancient Egyptian men never became bald. The reason for this was that, as children, Egyptian males had their heads shaved, and their scalps were continually exposed to the health-giving rays of the sun.

Green was a sacred color to the Egyptians representing the hope and joy of spring. The floors of Egyptian temples were green.

About 3,000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.

Reports of people receiving shocks from electric fish date back to ancient Egyptian texts of 2750BC.

Archery was a sport in ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians were famous for their skill with the bow.

The Ancient Egyptians trained baboons to wait at tables.

Along with the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians were the first people to develop their language into a codified form of writing. The Ancient Egyptians also invented the first paper-like material from the papyrus plant.

In Ancient Egypt, the tax system was linked to water levels of the River Nile. It was used to predict farmers' wealth each year.

Sources Europress Enyclopedia,  Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia

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