25 Crazy Myths And Facts About Ancient Egypt

When you think of ancient Egypt, what are the first things that come to your mind? The pyramids, right? Maybe the pharaohs? But ancient Egypt was so much more than just that! It was one of the most successful, advanced, and long-lasting civilizations ever. We did some research on this topic to provide you with some cool ancient Egyptian facts and myths you might not know. If you want to learn more about ancient Egypt, check out these 25 Crazy Myths And Facts About Ancient Egypt.

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Ancient Egyptians were very tolerant of genetic and medical disorders. Dwarfism, for example, was quite common back then. However, the dwarfs were highly respected people. Amenemope, a pharaoh of the 21st Dynasty, wrote that care for the old, the sick, and the malformed was a moral duty.

dwarfSource: livescience.com
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Pharaohs wore fake metallic beards to imitate the appearance of god Osiris, whose duty was to judge the deceased in the afterlife.

PharaohSource: mentalfloss.com
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Ancient Egyptian women used crocodile droppings as birth control. Documents dating back to 1850 BC refer to this unusual method of contraception. Crocodile excrement is actually slightly alkaline, like modern-day spermicides, so it could have worked.

crocodileSource: dailymail.co.uk
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There are many indications that the ancient Egyptians were true mathematical and astrological geniuses. It has been found, for example, that the location of the pyramids of Giza perfectly align with Orion’s Belt.

giza pyramidsSource: therichest.com
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There are also many weird Ancient Egypt facts. For example, some pharaohs had their servants covered in honey so that the flies would stick to them and would not bother the pharaohs.

honey Source: telegraph.co.uk


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