Myths and legends

The Ancient Egypt is still still shrouded in an aura of mystery, controversy, intrigue and many discoveries about it still take place. There are also many myths about it that spread all around the world and were generalized. Some of the most common myths and misconceptions about Ancient Egypt are:

1. For Ancient Egyptians, death was much too important and an obsession. Actually, they were glorifying life. Mummies and gods found in pyramids symbolised that Egyptians continued their current duty afterlife. Mummifying was a technique to maintain the corpse lifelike, which was a form of everyday life.

2. Many people believe that the Egyptians collaborated with aliens and the best proof of that were those huge pyramids. They think that pyramids were superhuman achievements, so only aliens could built them this way. Yes, the Great Pyramid of Giza is mathematically amazing, but this is not beyond the great mind of scholars, architects and astronomers who lived during that era

3. Cleopatra was a very beautiful woman is another myth. The beauty of Cleopatra VII, the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, has been perpetuated since Shakespeare. Nonetheless, Roman coins show something different: a woman with many masculine features such as a protruding chin, thin lips and a large nose.

4. Pharaohs killed their servants by entombing with them. It’s true that two of them did that during the First Dynasty of Egypt, but this was not available for all Pharaohs. They used “shabtis” instead, which were figurines that would help the Pharaohs in their afterlife.

5. Hieroglyphs were magical incantations and curses. Actually, hieroglyphs were used for historical depictions and inscriptions. Curses and magical incantations were very rarely found in tombs.

6. The curse of the Pharaohs is the most popular myth about Ancient Egypt. The myth refers mainly to the curse laid by Tutankhamun that killed sponsor Lord Carnarvon and other members of his expedition team. In reality, only 8 of those 58 people who participated in the uncovering of the tomb died, but within several years. For example, Carter, the leader, lived on for 16 years after the expedition. It seems that many people tend to believe that any misfortune of someone from the team is a curse of the Pharaohs.

Unfortunately, there are many digressions about Ancient Egypt, but maybe these things will make you understand more and have a better critical thinking.