Check out the craziest things that ancient Egyptians did! This top 10 list of crazy facts about ancient Egypt and its culture is absolutely amazing!
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9. Stained with honey
Pepi II ruled during the sixth dynasty in the ancient kingdom of Egypt. Scholars believe that he holds the record for the longest reign in Egypt. He ascended the throne at age six and remained there for 94 years. But that's not why it's on the list.
Pharaoh Pepi II hated flies. I really hated the flies. He hated them so much that he appointed a slave in his numerous entourage to be undressed and covered with honey every day. The idea was that the Slave would attract the flies that had stuck to the honey and therefore could not disturb Pepi while eating.
This worked so well that Pepi ordered a honey-covered slave to be placed in every room of his palace like a strange flying paper so that he would never again be disturbed by the flies.
8. Defeated by cats
I probably do not need to be told that cats were a big deal in ancient Egypt.
The ancient Egyptians venerated cats because of their association with the cat-headed goddess Bastet or Bast. This goddess presided over fire, cats, home and pregnant women. Cats were considered sacred to Bastet and never, under any circumstances, could be harmed or allowed to injure themselves. It was only a matter of time before that law was taken to the extreme.
During the reign of Psamtik III, the Persians, led by King Cambyses II, decided to invade Egypt. Cambyses II knew of the love of the Egyptians for the cats and ordered their men to collect everything they could before the battle. He then had his men walk up to the front door of the Egyptian Fort Pelusium while the cats were being held. He also freed a hundred more in the ranks of the enemy as they advanced.
The Egyptians had no choice but to let the men of Cambyses go directly into the city without control. Cambyses men then methodically to anyone who dared to challenge them, using shields with cats drawn on them, because the laws prohibited even hitting an image of a cat. Cambyses won the day and celebrated by ordering the defeated Egyptian army to march past him as he threw cats at him as he shouted insults at his god. You have to give credit to the boy for being smart.
7. Fertility Tests
The Egyptians created a whole medical system to give birth. His methods of fertility testing and pregnancy were really advanced for his time, even if we might think they are incredibly strange.
To test fertility, some doctors rubbed the oil all over a woman's body and told her to lie down until morning. When she woke up, if she looked "fresh and good", they decided it was fertile. If it did not, they said it was not fertile. That is actually the healthiest form of proof. Another method involved a physician inserting a garlic clove or an onion into a woman's vagina. In the morning, he smelled his breath. Ancient Egyptians I believed that every hole in a woman's body was attached and that their mouths had tubes that went down all the way. If the doctor smelled the garlic, then the tubes were clear and the woman was fertile. But if the doctor could not smell the garlic, the tubes were blocked and the woman could not give birth.
The Papyrus of Berlin, dated around 1800 BC, contains clear instructions for the oldest known pregnancy test. The text instructs women to pee on cereal seeds. If the barley grew, then the woman was pregnant with a child. If the wheat grew, then she was going to have a baby. If she did not grow up, the woman would not give birth. I'm not sure how that last one worked. Did it mean she was going to get pregnant forever?
6. Makeup protection
In ancient Egypt both men and women wore eye makeup because they believed that the makeup contained some mystical healing powers. The makeup came in only two colors: black and green. The black was made of lead and green copper, both minerals you really do not want to apply to your skin in large quantities.
However, it was not to make everyone look amazing. They used it to protect their eyes from the sun, repel the flies and avoid infection. Dramatic makeup also mimicked the facial markings of the sun god Horus. Cosmetics also reflected the rank of a person in ancient Egypt. In fact, a sign of a wealthy woman was a portable cosmetic box.
Another indication that this had little to do with pure aesthetics is what happened during the reign of Ramses III. The workers went on strike because they were not given balms and massage oils, which they considered essential for their well-being.
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