Egyptians believed cats played key roles in safeguarding critical food supplies by feeding on mice and rodents that ate precious grains and crops, and cats also protected humans from large and dangerous predators, which made cats worship worthy. Egyptians worshiped wild and domestic cats alike. They associated felines with gods and demi-gods, and built shrines, statues and temples in honor of favorite felines.Continue Reading
Egyptians' admiration for cats infiltrated all aspects of life. Ordinary citizens and esteemed professionals alike noted the importance of cats in Egyptian culture. The ancient Egyptian society relied heavily on agricultural activities. Egyptians harvested plants and crops to sustain the lives of family members and community members. They relied on surplus crops to sell at markets for economic revenue as well. Without cats, which consumed destructive pests, Egyptians faced constant threats of crop loss from attacks by rodents and insects. Egyptians, in response for cats' protection, offered wild and domesticated felines food and shelter. Even wild cats eventually lived closer to human settlements, knowing food and safety abounded.
As with modern humans, Egyptians kept cats as pets. They considered cats loyal companions, much like dogs. Egyptians took trained cats wherever they went, including on hunting expeditions. Egyptians considered cats loyal and intelligent creatures, and believed seeing cats in dreams a sign of good harvest for the coming year.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
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 >
The ancient Egyptians had different modes of transportation that included chariots, boats, ferries, litters, carts and animals. They could also travel on roads by walking on them.Full Answer >
The reed pen was the tool used by most ancient Egyptian scribes. Reed pens are formed by severing a reed straw from the plant, and then cutting and bruising one end to shape it for use and facilitate the absorption of pigments.Full Answer >
Many historians have concluded that ancient Egyptians were black. Located in East Africa, Egypt was populated by Africans as well as other races. They settled together and built the ancient ruins that are still standing today.Full Answer >