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The Egyptian Deities
The Animals of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Food
The Flowers, Herbs, and Trees of Ancient Egypt
Perfumes and Cosmetics
Gemstones and Materials
Quotes from the Book of the Dead
A Dictionary of Egyptian Hieroglyphics
Timeline of Ancient Egypt
Wheat in Ancient Egypt
One of the principal cereals of ancient Egypt,
(on rare occasions
) was used to make
and porridge, and it was also used in funerary rites. On the
of Ramses II, the
for you, with
without number." Wheat mixed with water was thought to ease constipation. As a symbol of transformation and undying life,
itself was thought to have magical properties. One of the steps of
involved rubbing the body with wheat and
so that the deceased could live again.
sometimes wore a braided necklace of wheat leaves.
According to Egyptian myths, wheat grew out of the body of a woman, while
grew out of the body of a man. This explains an ancient pregnancy test: a woman who suspected that she was pregnant would urinate on a two piles of
, wheat and
. If the wheat sprouted, she would have a girl; if the
sprouted, she would have a boy; and if neither sprouted, she was not pregnant.
The Grains of Ancient Egypt
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