While Pyramids, Pharaohs and Cats are the 1st things that pop to mind when the word Egypt is mentioned, there’s more to it than just this! Egypt has a rich history and some amazing facts associated to its name other than just the basic information we have about it’s rulers, architecture and love for cats.
Below are 5 astonishing facts about ancient Egypt that are guaranteed to blow your mind!
1. Egyptians were beauty conscious people, both men AND women
Today the practice of applying makeup is usually done by women and rarely by men – unless the men are linked to the entertainment/modeling industry. But in Ancient Egypt, both men and women wore makeup in their everyday lives. Yes, you read that right! Men wore makeup too!
2. Make up was believed to have healing powers
Well haven’t we always heard of the phrase that if you look good you feel good! That was probably true for the Egyptians, they believed that makeup had special healing powers! They originally used it as a sunscreen to save their skin from the sun!
3. Pharaohs kept their heads covered and shaved
Modest much? The Pharaohs kept their heads covered and would always wear a headdress called a ‘nemes‘. In-fact Ancient Egyptians hated hair. They hated hair so much that both men and women shaved off their hair and preferred to be bald. A society obsessed with cleanliness and hygiene had no tolerance for hair. Though they did not mind wearing wigs.
4. Cats were the real rulers in Egypt
We know Egyptians and their love for cats, but this is no ordinary love! When the cats died, they were mummified. As a sign of mourning, the cat owners shaved off their eyebrows, and continued to mourn until their eyebrows grew back. Such loyal cat owners! In-fact cats were so special that those who killed them, even by accident, were sentenced to death.
5. Egyptians loved honey!
They did not just eat it, they also used it to keep flies away. Pharoah Pepi reigned for 94 years, no fans or fly squatters in his court. Instead, Pepi had his servants smeared in honey and let the flies stick to them. A natural pest control remedy that only the Pharaohs could afford!