20 Things You Didn’t Know About Egypt

11Siwa Oasis

The Siwa Oasis in Egypt has long practiced a tradition of homosexual relationships and marriage that Egyptian authorities have sought, with increasing success, to suppress.


12Egyptian workers

Some workers in ancient Egypt were paid in bread and beer, with highly paid workers earning several hundred loaves of bread per day.


13Slitter

In Ancient Egypt, there was a man called the Slitter, who prepared the dead body for embalming by cutting it open and then immediately running away while everyone chased him and attacked him with stones for harming the body.


14Menes

Menes, the first Pharaoh that ruled lower and upper Egypt was killed by a hippopotamus.


15Fallen meteors

In ancient Egypt, Iron was known as "Ba-en-pet" meaning, "Metal of Heaven" since humans hadn't discovered the process of smelting iron ore and the only source of Iron then was through fallen meteors.


16Elite dinner

In Ancient Egypt, the elite dined off meat, fruit, vegetables, and honey-sweetened cakes enhanced by the finest of wines, but the poor were limited to a more monotonous diet of bread, fish, beans, onions, and garlic washed down with a sweet, soupy beer.


17Beer

During the building of the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt, each worker got a daily ration of 4-5 liters of beer, which served as both nutrition and refreshment that was crucial to the pyramids' construction.


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18Set

The Egyptian deity Set was once regarded as a heroic deity and protector of ancient Egypt. However, as Egypt kept getting conquered by foreign nations Set became demonized. The Greeks would later associate Set with Typhon which in turn would inspire many other demonic mythologies.


19Gigantism

The first known case of Gigantism is alleged to be that of King Sa-Nakht, who ruled in Egypt in the 3rd dynasty more than 4700 years ago. His height was around 6 feet 1.6 inches (1.87m) while the average height for men around that time was 5 feet 6 inches (1.7m).


20Manetho

The Ancient Egyptian historian Manetho claimed that Moses was an Egyptian priest named Osarseph who led a colony of leper slaves and invited barbarians to destroy Egypt. After 13 years, the pharaoh Amenhotep and his son Ramses drove them out of Egypt. Osarseph then changed his name to Moses.

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