20 Things You Didn’t Know About Egypt

1Egyptian men

In ancient Egypt, men could take time off of work to care for menstruating wives and daughters.


2Wadi Al-Hitan

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)- located in the western desert in Egypt contains the fossilized remains of whales that show their evolution from life as a land-based animal to becoming an ocean-going mammal.


3Egyptian couples

In ancient Egypt, couples were considered married whenever they moved in together. Wedding ceremonies were reserved for the upper classes.


4Dwarfs

In Ancient Egypt, dwarfs were seen as people who had celestial gifts, were treated with the greatest respect and enjoyed the highest social positions.


5Proctologists

There is evidence to support that Ancient Egypt had proctologists and their term for the position literally translates to "shepherd of the anus."


6Egyptian military

Egypt has compulsory military service for males, but only if they have a brother. If they have no siblings or only a sister, they are exempt.


7Pharaoh Pepi II

In Ancient Egypt, Pharaoh Pepi II despised flies so much that he would keep naked slaves smeared with honey near him in order to keep flies away.


8Pharaohs

In ancient Egypt, pharaohs were always depicted in paintings and statues wearing a ceremonial prosthetic beard. Since the pharaohs were regarded as children of God, the beard also indicated divinity, and was thus worn even by female pharoahs like Hatshepsut.


9Sea People

There was a group of raider colonies in ancient Egypt who terrorized the Mediterranian coast, that has gone relatively unidentified to this day. They are collectively known as the Sea Peoples, and according to Ramesses II, no one knew how to fight against them or could withstand them.


10Cat

In Ancient Egypt, killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.

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