Fragrances In Ancient Egypt
The Egyptian outlook on perfumes could be derived from their lifestyle learned from the records, the objects found in connection to death and afterlife and mummified remains. The ancient Egyptians were concerned with the odours of everyday life and death. Dated to 1550 BCE, the Ebers papyrus gives us a wealth of knowledge on Egyptian medical preparations for ailments, perfumed anointing oils, and incense plants. As we move back through time, as early as the third millennium BCE, it becomes difficult to differentiate between the use of oils, scented oils, perfumes, and fragrances for spiritual or pharmacological purposes.
The term used for smell is always associated with the word used to refer to perfumes, which means “fragrance of the gods”. This is a clear representation that perfumes and fragrances were used mostly for religious purposes in the beginning.
Scented oils, along with resins and ointment preparations, were widely used in the funerary process, preparing the body for afterlife and mummification. Often, after organs were removed, the empty cavities of the body …show more content…
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