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Facts about Egypt
Everything you may know about Egypt revolves, more than likely, around mummies, pharaohs, and pyramids, but the culture and the people of Egypt are far more complex and laid more cornerstones in science and astrology than the world combined.
- Ancient Egyptians kept flood records on the Nile, and, because they were so precise and detailed, scientists today use that data still, in order to predict and understand rainfall patterns;
- Also, in ancient Egypt, scribes poured on the ground water mixed with ink, as an offering to the god Thoth, messenger for the gods and patron of learning. This was to celebrate writing and reading, seeing how common folk believed that literate people had power from the gods themselves. If that isn’t 20/20 vision, then nothing is.
- Speaking of reading and writing, hieroglyphs have no vowels, so we’re not sure how the spoken language went, but we can safely assume it sounded horrible;
- Women in ancient Egypt were insanely emancipated, considering the times: they could own property, carry out business deals, and initiate divorce. Some, depending on the status of their families, could become doctors or priestesses.
Still, on the other side of Egyptians characters, far from the philosophers and scientists, lays the type of people that would make the basic girls say “That’s, literally, me!”. These examples are:
- Pharaoh Pepi II, who would, allegedly, smear naked slaves with honey to attract flies away from him;
- People who would buy giraffe tails and would make them fly swatters, which was a popular fashion item in ancient Egypt;
- And, like any good religion, every big city supported one favourite god, similar to people supporting football teams today, which raises a lot of questions, like: Were there hooligans? Did they have merchandise? How crazy were the parties after each game, seeing how Egyptians crafted their own beer?
And, because this list would be incomplete without a few words about mummies and their curses and such, we should mention two famous ones:
- Some people believe Titanic sank because of the mummified Egyptian priestess the ship was transporting;
- Charles the II used to rub mummy dust on his skin, because he thought “greatness” would rub off. All together now: EWW!
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