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I’m reading a book – Ancient Egypt – and their history is giving me headache. It was exciting to discover few things unknown to me; but there are some issues that I opted to ignore cos I don’t know anything more than what is written – inorder to discuss their conflicts, traditions, heritage and customs.

If you have something to share – It will be much appreciated. Please don’t give me links to definitions and articles – I need personal learning and explanation (so take off that wikipedia off this thread). I hope you get my point; cos one thing, I hate reading posts that are obviously copy and pasted from the internet.
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They wrote in Hyrogliphics... Yea I don't know how to spell that. But if you can decipher them you make alot of money. Also I think that book is better then crunchyrollers at explaining Anceint egypt. Uhm... I think they hated cats... or is it they worshipped them? Also I wouldn't trust things in books about Old things. They may only think they are right. Your better off building a time machine to learn about it.

On a more seriouse note they were a great civilization and (unless I'm thinking the romans if I am sorry) Invented alot of things that are still in use today.... I was going to say a "highway" system and indoor plumbing (baths) but I think that was the romans? If so sorry. I don't know much about Egypts...cept Pyramids built by hebrew slaves. King Tut... Mumification. Curses that don't work. The sun god Rau (Raw?)
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How ancient are we talking? Egyptian society is one of the oldest on the planet. Are we talking 1 B.C. or 1000 B.C.? For the most part they lived around and depended on the Nile. They were one of the first to start farming. They worshiped their pharaohs as gods. Also among the oldest known people to have a written language.
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^Sun God Amun Ra

In the process of mummification, the brain is tweaked out through the nostrils. The chest is sliced open and organs are kept in jars except for the heart. Ancient Egyptians believe that a person's heart can be determined by weighing it.

As far as I can remember Osiris, does the weighing of the heart. Maat daughter or Re and Thoth is also there to judge and ofcourse Anubis.

If the heart is weighed to be a sinner, it is then devoured by Ammit, A goddess with a head of a crocodile, the torso of a lioness and the hindquarters of a hippo.

Ill pull out my notes =D

i love this subject.
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bellus-vae wrote:

^Sun God Amun Ra

In the process of mummification, the brain is tweaked out through the nostrils. The chest is sliced open and organs are kept in jars except for the heart. Ancient Egyptians believe that a person's heart can be determined by weighing it.

As far as I can remember Osiris, does the weighing of the heart. Maat daughter or Re and Thoth is also there to judge and ofcourse Anubis.

If the heart is weighed to be a sinner, it is then devoured by Ammit, A goddess with a head of a crocodile, the torso of a lioness and the hindquarters of a hippo.

Ill pull out my notes =D

i love this subject.


Note to self...screw getting burried I wanna be mumified. I knew about the Brain thro the nostrils but as for the weighing of the heart to see what kind of person you are... that's acctully kinda cool. But the whole sinner part where it gets eaten by crocadile lady I'm curiouse would they put it on say a shrine to her or would her priestess/priest (representative on earth) have to eat it?

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If there's anything that the Egyptians invented and is still in extreme use (even obsessive) today, it's beer.


I love Egyptains! But it wasn't invented to get drunk off of was it? My history is lacking but wasn't it because water was not especially clean back then and didn't taste good either?
Edit: If king tut was here... I would kiss him... and even stick my toung in his mumified mouth. He's now my favorite Pharoe.

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They developed a very good, accurate calendar, they had to so they could tell when the Nile would flood, affecting their crops.

Tangible reminders of their civilization are the Sphinx and pyramids. They must have been pretty sophisticated at maths and construction to make these, and have them last for thousands of years.

They worshipped cats, were the first to domesticate them and mummified them when they died. In the early 1900s, tonnes of mummified cats were shipped to England to be used as fertiliser (imho an appalling act of vandalism and colonialism) on farms.

Ancient Egyptians were immortalised in the 80s in the song "Walk Like An Egyptian" by The Bangles.

Reference for cat stuff, a book called Domestic Animals From Early Times by Juliet Clutton-Brock, published by the British Museum in 1981. The other stuff just from my memory.
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The Golden age of Ancient Egyptian started from 3168 B.C till 30B.C.

Ancient Egyptian beliefs in " the afterlife= After Die". The beginning of their culture and the reason of building the Pyramind and made Mumy.

They beliefs "The ka: which is sometimes thought of as "vital energy," was a person's "double" and was reunited with them after death. Offerings were left in the tomb for the ka, as it required food and drink in order to survive in the afterlife.

Other importanting thing about Ancient Egyptian was"Make Up". Women and men used make up.
- Eyes were rimmed, eyebrows were painted and lashes were darkened with a black powder called kohl.
- The red cheek powder was called ochre.
- They used a dye called henna to redden their nails and hair.
- They mixed powdered minerals with oil to get colors.

The last one is Beauty tip from The Queen Cleopatra "Milk Bath". Untill now many people still use it ........



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about this topic , the pyramids were build due to a star that was on thier sky calender and it was starting from sudan with the smallest pyramids till they reached egypt the end of nile, as it started frm victoria lake and the monks have put tle last three pyramid near as the pharoh existing authority on lands was that much bigger and to show how strong he was even if he wasn't there like in sudan area, so last ones was there restore area after ....
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queen nefirttit was bald and to cover her baldness they made a big cover from th crown so the people would think how holy she was...
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To this day, no one can build a perfect pyramid the way the Eygptians did. Not even using technology such as bulldozers!
Posted 2/19/07
haven't read everything but one of the first civilizations
slaves unconfirmed - possibly paid
worshiped many gods including the sun god Ra
there a lot of arguments over which gods to worship even though all were believed in
mixing of gods created new gods like AmunRa (read my name backwords)
they believed as long as the body was preserved it could be used in the next life
we don't know who built the pyramids cause calculations don't add up
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i like studying mythology so the Egyptians beliefs fascinate me. they have way too many gods/goddesses.
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interesting topic, too bad i dont know much about it. I know more about modern european history hehe. Its all really cool stuff, sadly most of what i remember comes from watching 'the Mummy' or random discovery programmes every once in a while
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Arnuma wrote:


we don't know who built the pyramids cause calculations don't add up


I don't get what you'd have to calculate... I'm no mathmatician but I used you build miny pyramids with my legos all the time.
Posted 2/19/07
no as in it was found that it took ...(I don't remember how many) years to build one of the main pyramids
and we can't figure out how they did it in that amount out of time with that number of people cause the numbers don't add up
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