The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul does not fully detach from the body and that in order to live well in the afterlife, the body must be preserved in the best way possible. In ancient Egyptian religion, the spirit has three parts: the ka, ba and akh. The ka remains with the body in the tomb, while the ba is the part of the soul that wanders beyond the burial place and the akh is the part of the soul that travels to the underworld for judgment and to be allowed entry into the afterlife.Know More
Experts believe that the ancient Egyptians discovered the mummification process by accident. The earliest Egyptian mummies were preserved mainly because of the conditions the bodies were buried in. Before 3500 B.C., the Egyptians buried their dead in shallow pit graves, regardless of social rank. This exposed the bodies to the hot and arid desert sand, which dehydrated and thus preserved and mummified the bodies naturally.
The ancient Egyptians studied and continued to perfect the process of mummification for 2,000 years, holding on to the tradition well into the Roman era. The mummification process involved removing as much moisture as possible after taking out the internal organs. The body was dried out by covering it with a sodium-like chemical called natron for approximately 70 days. After the drying process, the body will be wrapped in cloth to complete the mummification process.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
While Egyptian adults played games like dice, senet, checkers or sports for fun, children played with dolls, spinning tops and also enjoyed outdoor games. Sports, such as wrestling, boxing, boat competitions and fencing, were also an important part of Egyptian leisure life.Full Answer >
Little is known for certain about the early origins and development of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, but scribes used them to keep records (both administrative and religious or cultural), as well as to communicate information. They were typically inked onto papyrus scrolls, incorporated into pottery designs or chiseled into stone, as seen on the walls of tombs. The earliest known examples of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics are attributed to the reign of King Scorpion I, who ruled Upper Egypt around 3250 B.C.Full Answer >
Ancient Egyptians' diet varied depending upon their social status, but it was likely that the ancient Egyptians all consumed the staples of bread and beer. Dates, vegetables, and pickled and salted fish were also available to the peasants, whereas a wider range of food was consumed by the wealthier citizens. Wine and meat were enjoyed by everyone on special feast days, although the wealthy were able to indulge more often.Full Answer >
Most ancient Egyptians lived in an area concentrated along the lower portion of the Nile river in Northeastern Africa, which is now modern day Egypt. Living in such a fertile place allowed the Egyptians to create magnificent works of art and architecture.Full Answer >