Senet is an ancient Egyptian board game that is being played all week at the ROM. I got curious and looked it up in my handy dandy dictionary, it seems like it was the name; I thought it would mean something else ha.
I’m volunteering for most of the week at the ROM so come and find me. The theme for the holiday is Toys, Games and Gatherings so they’re showcasing games and activities from all over the world and across history. More info can be found here. I’m helping out with promoting a new App called ScopifyROM but I’ll there :)
Things I’ve learned from playing Senet:
- Gorgeous game that reminds me how much I miss LOST.
- It takes forever to play. So would be a great game for the afterlife.
Also, everyone needs to check out Scopify! It’s a free app, and you get to see inside a cat mummy, and put skin on to a Futalognkosaurus! You might also just meet Samantha and Kelsey while you’re at it!
— Kiron/ROMKids (@ROMKids)
Some pharaohs I think.
These are shabtis!
Shabtis are figures buried with the dead to help them with work in the afterlife. Ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife had many similarities to the physical word, except it was forever and wonderful.
For example, in the afterlife, Pharaohs, and other stately figures would still need
- a cook
- a cleaner
- a maintenance worker
- a cat guy
Instead of sacrificing the real people who would do this in the physical world, they would have these lil’ shabtis made to do their bidding in the afterlife.
MORE on shabtis!
Thanks for coming to the Museum!