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!
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Ancient Egyptian Beer Cup
At first look, this seems like just about the lamest cup there ever could be. I mean with the pointed bottom, this cup would just roll off the table, depriving you of that tasty, tasty beverage.
But in what might be the greatest Ancient Egyptian secret OF ALL TIME, the design of this cup allows you to place it firmly in the sand.
-Out on the Nile, just lazing about thinking about all the great Lost references that are based on your culture? You can safely doze off, and put your cup in the sand.
-Playing a game of senet with your bros? You can celebrate your win with your hands in the air, and firmly put your cup in the sand.
-Out sight seeing at the pyramids, just want to to take in the view? You can feel secure your beer is safe and put your cup in the sand.
I mean, this is the one guys. The greatest Ancient Egyptian sand hack.
WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH BEER?
The other question here, is why am I talking so much about beer? The connection between Ancient Egyptians and alcohol is fascinating, and ironically, it’s for the health benefits.
Today, drinking water in cities like Toronto is heavily treated and cleaned, providing us with healthy, safe water. However, water when it comes from a river, like the Nile, or has been out in the sun stagnating all day, can be very dangerous when consumed.
By adding small amounts of alcohol to the mix, water could be treated by the Ancient Egyptians for nasty bugs, bacteria and other harmful ingredients.