Monday, November 23, 2015

Ancient Egypt this week: Romancing an Egyptian God, Tiger Nut Balls, Senet, & More

Romance an ancient Egyptian god 

The dating simulator scene is getting weirder and weirder, so it’s hard to be surprised by anything they come up with these days. Humans are already old news and we’re now used to romancing all manner of strange creatures. Even so, this mobile game for girls caught my eye with its unique character designs and by promising love with powerful ancient Egyptian deities.

How did Ancient Egyptians mummify a body?
Egypt’s undertakers employed different mummification methods at different times. Here are details of the classic method, as used on Tutankhamun.

Mummies are a common topic on this blog. In other mummy news, here are a couple of my favorites:

My mummies: first, last, and in-between
Sam’s historical recipe corner: Tiger nut balls

In every issue of BBC History Magazine, picture editor Sam Nott brings you a recipe from the past. In this article, Sam recreates a healthy snack thought to have been enjoyed in Egypt around 3,500 years ago.

In an early draft of my novel, one of my characters ate these. Maybe I should bring them back.

Play the ancient game of the Pharaohs for free

Board games were a favorite pastime in Egypt, and Senet was the most popular of these. It was played by two people, either on elaborate carved and inlayed boards like the one found in Tutankhamen’s tomb, or simply scratched into the earth. The oldest known representation of Senet is in a painting from the tomb of Hesy, from 2686 BC. Get yours now.

Gods of Egypt . . . Oh, dear

I'm not upset over the color of Egyptian skin; I don't engage in that particular argument, because everybody is WRONG. There's empirical evidence they were green and blue.

But seriously, couldn't they do better than this? I had such hopes, and now they're dashed.

More on this film

Egyptian Museum celebrates 113 years of treasured history

Lying in the heart of Egypt’s capital at Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum has been fascinating and astonishing the world with its treasured collections for more than a century.

The museum marked its 113th year of existence on Monday with a celebratory ceremony that welcomed visitors, public figures and antiquities officials including Antiquities Minister Mamdouh El-Damaty with flowers, musical performances and free guided tours.

Picture of the Week

Who wouldn't love this beautiful and haunting face?

The Lock of Hair s3mt and the Childhood of the Deceased in Ancient Egypt.

The Coffin Texts mention a final shape of hair also with a deep symbolic meaning. It is the lock of hair s3mt. About the meaning of s3mt there are different opinions. According to A. Erman and H. Grapow s3mt means “sadness” [1]; A. Gardiner translates it as “mourning” [2] and for R.O. Faulkner its meaning is “lock of hair” [3]. We will treat that later and we will notice that all translations result in the same idea