Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt

by Salima Ikram (Editor)


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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. For the first time, 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, its climate, but also about animal domestication, veterinary practices, human nutrition, mummification technology, and the religious practices of the ancient Egyptians.
Contributors: Edda Bresciani, Aidan Dodson, Salima Ikram, Dieter Kessler, Abd el-Halim Nur el-Din, Paul Nicholson, Donald Redford, Susan Redford, Roger Lichtenberg, and Alain Zivie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774166969
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 11/14/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Salima Ikram is associate professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. She is the co-author of The Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity (AUC Press, 1998).

Table of Contents

Brief Chronology of Egypt
1. Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies
2. Manufacturing Divinity: The Technology of Mummification
3. The Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara: The Cults and Their Catacombs
4. Bull Cults
5. The Cats of the Goddess Bastet
6. Tuna al-Gebel: Millions of Ibises and Other Animals
7. The Cult and Necropolis of the Scared Ram at Mendes
8. Sobek, Lord of the Land of the Lake
9. Protecting Pets and Cleaning Crocodiles: The Animal Mummy Project

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