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To demonstrate the power and strength needed the pharaoh had to undergo a mysterious ritual that consisted of testing the skills in a race at full speed dressed in a short suit with a bull tail in the back, in a race track this mysterious ritual was called the Heb-sed, this has been one of the mysterious secrets of the ancient Egyptian revealed through history and the findings found, if the pharaoh failed to pass the test was sacrificed and gave way to a new one who succeeded him that was capable. There is no certainty as to why this practice was used in ancient Egypt but it appears to have been used to simulate the regicide or sacrifice of the monarch for old age.
The mysterious Heb-Sed ritual of ancient Egypt to empower its government
In fact, the Heb-seb was a public ritual where the people attended because they called it so, it was celebrated since the period before the dynasty and where it related to the god Thirst, it was mostly about regeneration to renew the power of Pharaoh and his government over the two lands providing more energy to reign, and thus give to demonstrate the power of the kings of Egypt.
mysteries of ancient egypt
It was usually performed every 30 years, and every time Pharaoh considered it necessary. It consisted of burying the statue to the old king this was the most important part of the ritual, then there was a procession with the king wearing the cloak of Osiris, after this other ceremonies in the presence of the royal wife and her children. This ceremony was based on erecting the djed which represented the resurrection of Osiris and guaranteed Pharaoh a reign with stability and durability of millions of years, these feasts could last up to 5 days.
Trials of the Jubilee thirst give certainty to this celebration of ancient Egypt
Various sources found are evidence of the importance of this ceremony in ancient Egypt, a large number of hieroglyphics whose references are to this royal jubilee, artistic displays, reliefs showing the steps to be followed in the celebration such as the relief of the Aton Shrine of Karnak of the 18th Dynasty, now on display in the Luxor Museum.