Check out the most crazy things ancient egyptians did! This top 10 list of crazy facts about ancient egypt and their culture is absolutely amazing!
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9. Smeared with Honey
Pepi II ruled during the Sixth Dynasty in Egypt’s Old Kingdom. Scholars believe he holds the record for the longest reign in Egypt. He ascended to the throne at age six and stayed there for 94 years. But that’s not why he is on the list.
Pharaoh Pepi II hated flies. Really, really hated flies. He hated them so much that he designated a slave in his sizeable entourage to be stripped naked and covered in honey every day. The idea was for the Slave attracts the flies who’d become stuck to the honey and therefore be unable to bother Pepi while he ate.
This worked so well that Pepi ordered a honey covered slave to Stand in every room of his palace like really weird fly paper so that he’d never be bothered by flies again.
8. Defeated by Cats
You probably don’t need me to tell you that cats were a big deal in ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egyptians revered cats because of their Association with the cat-headed goddess Bastet or Bast. This goddess presided over fire, cats, the home, and pregnant women. Cats were considered sacred to Bastet and could never, under any circumstances, be harmed or allowed to come to harm. 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 Egyptians’ love of cats and ordered his men to Collect as many as they could prior to the battle. He then had his men walk up to the front gate of the Egyptian stronghold Pelusium while holding the cats. He also released hundreds more into the enemy ranks as they advanced.
The Egyptians had no choice but to Let Cambyses’ men walk straight into the city unchecked. Cambyses’ men then methodically anyone who dared challenge them, using shields with cats drawn on them, because Laws forbade even striking 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 them while screaming insults at their god. You have to give the guy credit for being clever.
7. Fertility Tests
Egyptians created an entire medical system for giving birth. Their methods to test fertility and pregnancy were truly advanced for their time, even if we might think they are incredibly weird.
To test fertility, some doctors Rubbed oil all over a woman’s body and told her to lie down until the morning. When she woke up, if she looked “fresh and good,” they ruled that she was fertile. If she didn’t, they said she wasn’t fertile. That’s actually the saner form of testing. Another method involved a doctor inserting a clove of garlic or an onion inside a woman’s vagina. In the morning, he smelled her breath. Ancient Egyptians Believed that every orifice in a woman’s body was linked and that their mouths had tubes that went all the way down. If the doctor smelled the garlic, then the tubes were clear and the woman was fertile. But if the doctor couldn’t smell garlic, The tubes were blocked and the woman couldn’t give birth.
The Berlin Papyrus, dated at around 1800 BC, contains clear directions for the oldest known pregnancy test. The text instructs women to pee on cereal seeds. If barley grew, then the woman was pregnant with a boy. If wheat grew, then she was going to have a girl. If neither grew, the woman would not give birth. Not sure how that last one worked. Did it mean she was going to be pregnant forever?
6. Protective Makeup
In ancient Egypt both men and women wore eye makeup because they believed that makeup contained some mystical healing powers. The makeup came in only two colors: black and green. The black was made from lead and green from copper, both minerals you really don’t want applied to your skin in large amounts.
However, it wasn’t to make them all look amazing. They wore it to Protect their eyes from the sun, repel flies, and ward off infection. The dramatic makeup also imitated the facial markings of the sun god Horus. Cosmetics also reflected a person’s rank in ancient Egypt. In fact, a Sign of a wealthy woman was a portable cosmetics box.
A further hint that this had little to do with pure aesthetics is what happened during the reign of Ramses III. Laborers went on strike because They were not provided with balms and massage oils, which they considered essential for their well-being.