Over nearly three thousand years the Ancient Egyptian developed a complex society full of strange beliefs and bizarre customs, and they designed and built monumental buildings and structures that have astounded later generations. From mummies and other strange burial customs, to the great Pyramid of Giza, there is a mountain of evidence that offers a window into Ancient Egyptian life. Stay tuned to number 1 to find out what modern technology they created that we still use today! From royal inbreeding and mummification, to archeology and the nile river...
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Number 10: Pyramids and Tombs.
Perhaps one of the most well-known and lasting aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture is their outstanding, and often extravagant, burial places. When you think of Ancient Egypt, you’ll likely picture the Great Pyramid of Giza. Believed by some to be the resting place of the Pharaoh Khufu and built in the 3rd millennia BCE, it stood as the tallest man-made object in the world until the Lincoln Cathedral was built in 1300 CE. It consists of around 2.3 million blocks expertly put together using advanced masonry, mathematical and architectural skills. Although most agree they are tombs, some have suggested they are stone computers, astronomical observatories and some have even suggested they they’re alien landing sites.
Reserved for the royals and elites of society, there are over a 100 known pyramids dotted around Egypt, but recent investigations, using telescopes in space, have found what could be hundreds more. Yet, pyramids weren’t the only burial structures used. At some points the royals preferred to be buried in underground tombs, in places like the Valley of the Kings or the Valley of the Monkey, and these weren’t any less extravagant than the Pyramids. Even today, these burial places are slowly giving up their secrets with new secret chambers and previously unknown-burial complexes being unearth all the time. I think it’s quite fair to say that the houses of the dead will keep us enthralled for decades, if not centuries to come.
Number 9: Magic.
Magic played a fundamental role in Ancient Egyptian life and was closely tied to their religious beliefs, daily life and was especially crucial for the afterlife. From incarnations, to spells that guided the dead in the afterlife, magic was everywhere in Ancient Egypt. Their belief in magic is believed intertwined in both Egyptian life and death. Thankfully, there is a mountain of archaeological evidence supporting their belief in, and practice of magic. Egyptologist can study the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Living, sarcophagi, temples, tombs, amulets and various other objects. Their belief in the importance of magic was closely related to the Egyptian creation story in which the god Ra created the world by magically uttering the Word. So, words had a lot of power in Egypt, and you can bet the magicians who used magic were seen as incredibly powerful people.
Number 8: The Book of the Dead.
The Book of the Dead, also known as the Spells for Going Forth by Day, consists of around 200 spells, many of which are referenced in earlier books like the Pyramid Texts and the Coffin Texts. Its purpose was to provide instructions and access to specific magic that would assist a deceased person’s journey to, and existence in, the afterlife. As you’ll come to see, the death and the afterlife were such an important aspect of Egyptian life that many would spend life preparing for it, and the Book of the Dead was no different. Commissioned by people in preparation for their own funeral, the Egyptian scribes produced books to order and, from the evidence available, it’s clear they were expensive to buy and were likely reserved for the elite – just like the elaborate tombs and other grave goods.
Number 7: Hieroglyphs.
Adorning the walls of palaces, monuments and graves, hieroglyphs are another well-known aspect of Ancient Egyptian life. Intertwined with religious beliefs, like with all aspects on Ancient Egyptian life, the gods even played a role in the creation of their writing system.
Thoth, the god of learning and wisdom, was believed to be the first to recognize that speech could be conveyed through writing. Over the course of Ancient Egypt’s history its writing style developed and changed, and the Old, Middle and Late Egyptian styles were all written in hieroglyphs. One of the most famous archaeological discoveries from Egypt is the Rosetta – a stone tablet engraved with three scripts: hieroglyph, demotic and Greek. Its discovery was enormously important in understanding the development and difference of various Egyptian scripts.