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Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

Salima Ikram

Abstract

The invention of mummification enabled the ancient Egyptians to preserve the bodies not only of humans but also of animals, so that they could live forever. Mummified animals are of four different types: food offerings, pets, sacred animals, and votive offerings. Here, a series of studies on the different types of animal mummies, the methods of mummification, and the animal cemeteries located at sites throughout Egypt are drawn together in a definitive volume on ancient Egyptian animal mummies. Studies of these animals provide information not only about the fauna of the country, and indirectly ... More

Keywords: mummification, ancient Egyptians, bodies, humans, animals, food offerings, pets, sacred animals, votive offerings, animal mummies, animal domestication, religious practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9789774248580
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774248580.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Salima Ikram, editor