Ancient Egypt facts are well known as the land of pharaohs. Egypt has gained popularity mainly because of the pyramids and the bandaged mummies of golden treasures. But Ancient Egypt facts are much more than these. Let’s look into some of the facts about Egypt that are no so popular but really interesting.
Ancient Egypt Facts
Here are some facts about ancient Egypt that will take you by surprise.
Egyptians Never Rode Camels
Even though camels were used in ancient Egypt, Egyptians never used them on a regular basis. The same thing continued till dynastic age. So, what were they using for transportation? They were making use of donkeys as their beasts of burden. When it came to convenient means for transportation, they always picked boats.
The Nile River was flowing along with their fertile land and this resulted in a natural highway. The river currents helped them to row from north to south. The wind was always there for making their life easy even when they rowed from the opposite direction. In ancient times, the river was linked to so many things like building sites and quarries along the canals and even for settlements. For transporting grains, they used huge wooden barges and for heavy stone blocks, they made use of wooden barges.
Mummifying Was Not Meant For Everyone
Egyptian artifact is sometimes defined through the mummy. This is nothing but a bandaged, dried, and eviscerated corpse. A surprising fact is that, mummification was really expensive in ancient Egypt. More than anything, tomb making was also time-consuming process. Hence it was only used by wealthy members in the society. The majority of the people were buried in very small and simple pits made in the desert.
Sharing Food With Deceased
The tomb was nothing but the eternal home for the dead and they believed in the existence of a spirit. So, in their belief, the spirits was living inside the mummy. However, the tomb-chapel was made accessible and this is the reason well-wishers, families, and priests were visiting the tomb of the deceased. In their visit, they were leaving the regular offerings to the dead.
On a regular basis, food and drinks were always offered within the tomb-chapel. The mummy was believed to consume all these spiritually and it was physically consumed by the living. However, families were spending the night at tomb-chapels during the very popular yearly festival called ‘feast of the valley’. This was the festival that represented renewal and death. They were sitting under torchlight and spending time feasting and drinking in their ancestor’s tomb-chapels.
Women Were Always Treated Equal To Men
However, women always earned equivalent status in comparison to men in ancient Egypt. This was even true from the eyes of the law. Women were allowed to earn, buy, own, inherit, and sell properties. Women were allowed to leave unprotected by any male family member. So, even when they were divorced, the widower could raise children independently. Women were bringing cases in front of the law and they were even punished by the laws. Most important thing is, they were asked to deputize in business in the absence of their husbands.