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The mummies of animals in ancient Egypt
When we talk about mummies, no doubt the first place we think of is Egypt and it is not for nothing, after all, there is the cradle of mummies and ancient buildings all over the world. Now, many know that the Egyptians mummified people to preserve the body and that they could go to the afterlife and live “forever”, but the remains of animals have a less complex meaning than this, but just as important for ancient civilizations.
Previously it was believed that animals were mummified to accompany their owners on their way to the afterlife, but recent studies have shown that they had another purpose: they were religious sacrifices. In addition, it was found that more than half of the slaughtered animals were completely empty, that is, they had no organs inside their bodies and that makes them extremely interesting to archaeologists around the world.
What did they do with mummified animals in ancient Egypt?
It was recently discovered that the Egyptian civilization sacrificed animals to make offerings in the different temples in ancient Egypt. More than 70 million of these mummies were taken as religious offerings and more than half lack organs and this is mysterious, because if they were to reach the afterlife, why would they leave their bodies empty?
Some scientists maintain the theory that animals were extremely important to both civilizations and gods. In other cultures the mere killing of the creature was taken as an offering, however, the Egyptians took on the task of mummifying them following all the sacred rituals, that is, they gave them the same importance as humans. Within all these mummies, there is that of the Gazelle, which belonged to one of the Egyptian queens and mummified pieces of flesh for the dead to feast on. The importance of these rituals is still under study.