The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians Volume 3

The Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...of the elephant. It only occurs there in the name of the place, which in hieroglyphics2 is styled ' the Land of the Elephant.' 3 Nor does it appear as an object of adoration in the numerous subjects which cover the walls of the 9% neighbouring island, Philae, where, had it been Q Q sacred in the vicinity, it would not have been E1'; ', ', '1', ,","'1ne_ omitted; and the only instance of it is in a side N' 567" entrance to the front court of the temple of Isis, where the god N ilus brings an elephant among the presents to be offered for the king to the deity of the place. In Ethiopia the elephant is once found in a temple at Wady Benzit, near Shendy, with various deities and sacred devices; but there is no evidence of its having been worshipped there, or even ranked among the sacred animals of that country. The hippopotamus was sacred to the god Mars, and worshipped at Papremis. In former times it seems to have been a native of Egypt, and to have lived in the northern part of the Nile. The city where it is reputed to have been principally honoured stood in the Delta; and Herodotus, ' Diodorus,5 and others mention it among the animals of Egypt. But it is now confined to the upper parts of Ethiopia, being seldom known to come into Nubia, or that part lying between the Second and First Cataracts; and if ever it is seen in Egypt, its visit is purely accidental, and as contrary, as I have already had occasion to remark, to its own expectations as to those of the astonished natives who witness its migration. I have also mentioned the mode of catching it, and the uses to which its hide was applied, both in ancient and modern times. 1 This may have been the teeth of the hippopotamus, as well as the...
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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236743660
  • 9781236743664