Egyptian Symbols Of Egyptian Culture Essay

1874 Words Nov 12th, 2015 8 Pages
Egyptians are considered an ethnic group as well as the citizens that call Egypt home. They share a common culture and a variety of Arabic as their spoken language. Because there culture is so fast, our group centered our portions of the presentation on what we believe were the most interesting aspects of Egyptian culture.
The first topic that I covered was Egyptian symbols. Because Egypt has a vast number of symbols, I focused specifically on the “Mau,” Ankh, Canopic Jars, Flail and Crook, and Scarab. I picked these topics because they are some of the most well-known symbols of Egypt to the outside world. The “Mau,” or cat, is considered a sacred animal to Egyptians. Praised for its ability to control and kill vermin (mice, scorpions, snakes, and rats), the domestic cat became a symbol of grace and poise to Egyptians. The “Mau” was very important to Egyptian society and religion, as a result some cats received the same mummification after death as humans. It was seen that the mummified remains of a cat were an offering to Bast (God of cats). The Ankh symbolizes life. The gods are often seen holding an ankh to someone’s lips. This is considered to be an offering of “The Breath of Life.” The breath you would need in the afterlife. In contrast to this, the Canopic Jars symbolize mummification and the process required to go on into the afterlife. During mummification the internal organs were removed and placed in four containers. These containers often have human or…

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