Going back to a topic that we have already tested and finished, yet still holds my interest, I would again like to talk about the Egyptians and their burial rituals. There is just something about Egypt and their culture that I find utterly fascinating. I do not know if it is because of the myths and the things like the “theories” we learned about, but I think that even though I know the pyramids were not built by aliens, I still find them interesting and mysterious. When I was trying to think of an interesting blog topic, I knew that I would like to find something that had to do with Egyptian culture and while looking through the website http://www.archaeology.org, I found an article and slide show that sparked my interest.
The article that I found to read was “Messengers to the Gods” and an accompanying slide show “Animal Mummy Coffins of Ancient Egypt”. Now these may sound a little weird yet we have to think about our own culture. We in America, have the economical means to have domesticated animals for a pleasure purpose, as a pet and friend. And it may not be routine to bury our animals, however, there are many cemeteries in the United States that are dedicated to only the burial of our house pets. My childhood cat, Bo Jackson, is one of those fortunate pets to be buried in a nice little animal cemetery.
On the topic of animal mummies, I will not say that I knew very much, however, I have heard about the topic connected to ancient Egypt before. I knew about how wealthy Egyptians and pharaohs were buried with worldly items so that they would be brought with them to the after world. They were buried with amazing interesting and outstanding things, such as whole boats, tons of furniture, gold, and even their servant staff! And I was really shocked to realize there was a much more popular way that animal mummies were used.
Through this article, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the Egyptians thought animals have souls, just like humans, and that there is no word for animal in Egyptian. What the Egyptians generally and most abundantly used animal mommies for was giving them as offerings to the gods. Most animals that were mummified were connected to a specific god. Through the slide show, I got to look at beautifully crafted, small sarcophagi, showing how much effort and detail was put into these offerings. A strange connection that our culture has with theirs is the fact that you can find animal cemeteries in Egyptian necropolis. However, in contrast, we bury ours for a loss, and they bury theirs for an offering. I would suggest that everyone look at the slide show and look at just how much effort you can see went into the death and offerings of animals compared to what we know about the burial of a pharaohs.