If you imagine the inhabitants of ancient Egypt completely different from the modern people, then maybe you are right… partially. Because they, like us, followed the fashion, and used perfume, walked their pets, organized parties, drank beer, and even danced! Only that made it all their own way.
Great.guru presents you today the 10 events of the life of the ancient egyptians, probably, have not heard in history classes of the school.
10. The members of a family had breakfast separate from each other
Eating together in the morning was not accepted, at least not in the noble families. The head main breakfast only: the servant bringing him the food immediately after he finished grooming. Women, as a rule, had breakfast during their bath, morning or immediately after this. And for group meals, the family gathered at a table in the day or in the evening. By the way, a role very important in the diet of the ancient egyptians was the beer, but about it we will tell you more later.
9. During a feast, the guests showed them a mummy wood
The picture of Edwin Longsden Long, “The feast egyptian” (which fragment you can see in the picture) has a little strange scene: the servants they passed in front of the guests by dragging a mummy very similar to a real one. Why?
According to Herodotus, during a feast, the guests were shown a wooden figure that symbolized a dead man, to remind them of the brevity of life. They did this by saying such words: “o, Look at, drink, and enjoy life, because after death you will be as well!”.
8. A particular relationship with the shoes
In general, the egyptians were wandering without shoes. Only the pharaohs used them, and they even had a servant’s special, whose job was to carry the sandals of the ruler. Sometimes, in the soles of the shoes of the nobles, were painted the portraits of their enemies, or wrote their names, so that when walking, “pisotearan” to those people.
In addition, sandals is considered one of the items that I would need the person in the other life. Because of that, they necessarily introduced in the tomb next to the body of the dead. For the pharaohs, such shoes are often made of gold. Of course, in real life, they could hardly make a few steps with them.
7. Love to the pets
The ancient egyptians were the first in the world to begin to have pets. It is well-known for his relationship with the cats, but in addition to these animals, particularly enjoyed the love of dogs. Pay attention to the cool of the left: he is represented a man that gives drinking water to a can directly from his mouth, apparently for lack of bowls. Also had ibis, hawks and apes. The latter, according to testimony, helped the soldiers to patrol the territory.
You can reach the conclusion that animals, for the inhabitants of ancient Egypt, were not less important for us. People wanted to be near them, even in the “afterlife”. That’s why, after death, the pets were embalmed to incorporate their mummies in the tomb of their owners.
6. Egyptian women were not ashamed to wear dresses with bare chest
In general the female costume more common was the kalasiris, tight dress with one or two straps that started below the chest, leaving it to the view. This was not only used by servants, ladies of lower social class, and priestesses (as in the fresco to the right), but also by noble women. With these clothes represented the goddesses, for example, Nefertari (fresco on the right). Such a view is not considered completely bad, even though there were variants of clothes closed.
5. The dancers were not wearing clothes
The dancers of ancient Egypt appeared in front of the spectators in transparent clothing or almost without it, wearing only a skirt or a belt. The men dancers had an apron or used the same as women. The choreography of their dances, of course captured more attention than the clothes. However, the absence of costumes was compensated with their different hairstyles, multiple ornaments and the smell of incense.
4. Cones aromatic to the head
The egyptians attached great importance to the aroma, and one of the methods that they preferred to surround themselves with pleasing fragrances were the cones made of wax, or grease in a blend with myrrh, oil of cinnamon or other aromatic substances. These are carried directly in the head, tied with a ribbon. In a warm climate, began to melt, spreading the perfume. In addition, the aromas of essential oils to discourage insects.
3. Hair cuts are very particular in children
It is well known that the ancient egyptians, particularly the people of the high society, cut their hair and what they would be replaced with wigs. In regard to children of both sexes, they only shaved their his head in one hand, leaving to one side a small part of hair named “lock of youth”. This was cut when they arrived а the age of majority.
Such a strand can be seen in the mural of the tomb official Nebamun, which, during his life, kept the account of what we harvest in a field of crops. In the fresco is represented the same Nebamun, his wife, (which we show you above with the cone on the head), and one of his three daughters with the “lock of youth”. Some consider that such hairstyle prevented the occurrence of head lice, but it may be that their purpose was simply to be a ritual.
2. The beer was so important that it used it as a form of payment
The egyptians believed that to develop this drink was something that he had taught his God, Osiris. The beer old would probably surprise modern people, since it was thick as a smoothie, acid, and, at the same time, bitter. But this drink not only satisfied perfectly the thirst, but satisfied people. As you can see in the mural above, is drank with a straw, in order not to fill up both of straw.
With the beer they were paid to the soldiers and officials, and also was given to the builders of the pyramids and the pharaohs who, at marriage, assumed a written commitment to daily give your spouse 10 loaves of bread and 2 jugs of this drink.
1. Portraits funeral
After Egypt became one of the provinces of the Roman Empire, many ancient traditions were changed. For example, in place of funeral masks appeared in paintings as the image above. Thanks to the dry climate, the portraits funeral were preserved well and, at present, allow us to see details of how they saw the people at that time.
Most of these were young people, because the portraits were made long before the death of them. The ornaments were issued with a special care, as it was thought that would be needed in the afterlife. In total, close to 900 paintings have been preserved, and until today we were surprised with the brightness of its colours.
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