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Egyptian Customs

Updated on October 30, 2014

The Culture and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians

Welcome to the fascinating and incredible world of ancient Egyptian customs. The Egyptian culture is so mysterious that is still being explored and researched today. Our society always craves to learn more about this advanced civilization and its' rich Egyptian traditions.

The Egyptian culture was highly advanced and had a huge impact on our modern world. Egyptian customs, culture and inventions are still evident through medicine, science, architecture and government. Egyptian structures were built with such skill that they are still standing today.

Let's explore the customs of the ancient Egyptians.

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Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted

over three thousand years!

The Most Popular Pharaohs of the Egyptian Empire

Sneferu:

First king of the 4th Dynasty and the most famous pyramid builder.

Tutankhamun:

Known as King Tut, the boy king. 3500 artifacts were found in his tomb in 1922.

Khufu:

Also known as Cheops, he built the largest pyramid, The Great Pyramid.

Ramses II:

Ramses The Great was so named because he was the greatest ruler of ancient Egypt.

Cleopatra:

The last Pharaoh to rule Egypt


Of all things that the

Egyptians mummified, cats

were the most popular.

The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt

Pyramid of Djoser

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Great Pyramid at Giza

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Pyramid of Menkaures

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Pyramid Secrets

The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery
The Secret of the Great Pyramid: How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery

If you are interested in how the pyramids were built then you will love this easy read.

 

Egyptian Children

During birth, Egyptian mothers and midwives used the help of goddesses to protect the newborn child. A carved ivory wand was often placed on the mother's stomach for further protection against evil.

After naming the baby, the parents would register the information with the local authorities. The Egyptians would tie amulets (each for a different god) around parts of the child's body.

At play, Egyptian children enjoyed balls, wooden dolls, and board games. When Egyptian children were about five, they would work and help their families. Only wealthy boys would attend school.

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Ancient Technology

Did You Know.....

King Tuts burial mask was

made of solid gold.

Egyptian Clothing

Most Egyptian clothing was made from linen, which came from the flax plant. Egyptian clothing was plain but highly accessorized with beaded collars and jewels.

The wealthy Egyptians wore long robes which were transparent and pleated. Most slaves worked naked, but other workers would wear loincloths, an apron or tunics. The majority of Egyptians went barefoot, but the rich would sometimes wear sandals made of papyrus, palm and leather.

Jewelry was not a status symbol and was worn by both rich and poor. Egyptian men and women wore make up on their eyes and lips. They also wore wigs.

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Egyptian Food

The traditional ancient Egyptian foods were often shown in drawings inside their tombs. These drawings told of the feast that the deceased would be offered in the afterlife. From this, we know that fish, bread (made with wheat), barley, and vegetables were very popular Egyptian food.

Meat was eaten, but it was expensive due to the dry climate and conditions for raising cattle. Therefore, meat was saved for special occasions. Oil, salt, and honey were also used to enhance Egyptian food.

Beer was made from the barley crops. Dates and figs were a favorite Egyptian dessert.

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Grain was the major crop of

ancient Egypt and it was used to

make bread and beer.

Fresh Dates
Fresh Dates | Source

Try An Ancient Egyptian Dessert

There are no written recipes for ancient Egyptian foods.

Only the writings on tablets and hieroglyphs tell the food story.


  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: varies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 tbls. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 tsp honey
Cast your vote for Try an Ancient Egyptian Dessert

Instructions

  1. Grind first 3 ingredients together usiing a morter and pestle or a food processor. Add the honey and form into balls.

More uses for the Mortar and Pestle

  • Guacamole
  • Pesto
  • Mashed garlic
  • Fresh herbs and spices
  • Coffee beans

Egyptian Artifacts

British Museum

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British Museum

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British Museum

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The most common piece of furniture

in Ancient Egypt was the stool.

Egyptian Jewelry

The religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians had a great influence on their jewelry designs. Religious symbols and objects were often depicted on jewelry and adornments. Their jewelry was made with much consideration of meaning and symbolism.

The Egyptians preferred to make their jewelry of gold, but also used other metals such as bronze. Glass was widely used to make beads and easier to form than gemstones. The Egyptians wore necklaces, amulets, bracelets, earrings and chains. The scarab was a popular design which meant rebirth.

Because of the heavy religious symbolism, it was important for the Egyptians to be buried with their jewelry so they would have it in the afterlife.

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What is your favorite Ancient Egyptian Custom?

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      The Ancient Egyptian custom of passing around a small token sarcophagus at parties and saying "Eat drink & be marry for tomorrow you may be in your tomb"---This was long before the Bible Book of Proverbs was written. We still echo this custom in our saying" Eat drink & be merry for tomorrow you may die."

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      DrLibby 4 years ago

      fascinating to learn more about ancient Eygpt

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      This is a fascinating lens, I've always loved learning about ancient Egypt.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Back to visit this amazing lens, and review my knowledge of ancient Egyptians.

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      mcspocky lm 4 years ago

      A very interesting lens. I love learning about the ancient egyptians.

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      DuaneJ 4 years ago

      A wonderful resource for learning!

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This ancient culture is so mysterious. It's unbelievable that a civilization so grand just seemed to vanish overnight. I've read accounts that say there was a gap in settlement of about a thousand years and that's when the most ancient pyramids were covered in sand and forgotten. Enjoyed this article.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. As a student of Egyptology for my research into the origin of language and religion the civilisation of this country was fascinating. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      I love the Ancient Egyptian Mythology, Culture & Their Jewelry!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great lens, I always explore history!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I love ancient history and am fascinated by the Middle East history.

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      LabKittyDesign 4 years ago

      Liked that they broke the legs of the little hippo statues you got buried with so you didn't get chased around the afterlife by some rampaging ginormous herbavore.

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      pumpum 4 years ago

      Great lens, I love Egyptian history and I wanted to study egyptology. Thanks for sharing.

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I do not really have a favourite Ancient Egyptian Custom but their mathematical skill was undisputed, and it seems they put it to good use in their sculpting. It is really quite amazing and makes one wonder if they were not in fact visited by aliens who taught them. A lot of their knowledge disappeared until many years later when the rest of the World had finally caught up and understood. It is still one of the big mysteries to which we are still searching for the correct answer.

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      Birdlady LM 4 years ago

      I saw the King Tut exhibit at a museum, as a kid. Great lens.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Great information here. Ancient Egypt is a fascinating subject to study!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Probably the glorify life after death: pyramids, sacrifices, and more

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Neat lens! I'll have to come back to this when we begin our unit study on Ancient Egypt.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very interesting lens.

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      Pavel Polcr 5 years ago

      A great lens! I especially love this part of history, ancient civilizations.Thank you for that interesting lens!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Love this lens. When you make it to the San Francisco Bay area - contact me and I will take you to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose. (really) My own kids are too "grown up" to go but I love it - they have a replica of a tomb and the largest display of Egyptian memorabilia in the US - including mummies. They don't play up the secret society of the Rosicrucians, which is a shame as I am interested in that religion. But I supposed there has been a lot of secrecy for many years. Anyway, very thorough and interesting topic and lens.

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      aaxiaa lm 5 years ago

      The Egyptians were always my favourites at history. I think what they achieved is amazing, except for one down side, which is actually quite a problem. They built the empire on slavery. Except of course if Aliens built those pyramids. :P Really lovely lens.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I love this lens. I'v always been fascinated by the ancient Egyptians.

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      ogrote 5 years ago

      Nice Egypt lens!

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      Nice mysterious Egypt

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Great lens; lots of interesting info!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      I have been fortunate to have visited Egypt on a few occasion and just love the history, the country in general, sadly the many demonstrations etc taking place at present is scaring tourists away and is not good for the economy, I hope it improves and I may return

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We were lucky to have worked in Egypt so we went around places that we have learned in history classes and we were students again learning how tor ead hieroglyphics.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      This is amusing, Love the history facts, but we also have recipes of ancient Egyptian.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Everything about ancient Egypt is fascinating to me. LOVED the lens.

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      MusicFan57 5 years ago

      Great lens, always love studying ancient egypt.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens thank you very much.

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      kraji lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens, i was in Egypt few years ago, I love to watch old building.

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      southridgefarmsinc 5 years ago

      Great lens! very interesting and informative.

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      jeremykim2011 5 years ago

      I looooove Egypt! Thank you so much for sharing.

      Egypt, wait for me!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mummification. I wouldn't say favorite but most definitely a fascinating process of preserving history. I plan to share this link with others.

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      Vallygems1 5 years ago

      Great Lens thank you very much

      Warm Regards

      Chris

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Well done! This is a beautiful lens. SquidAngel blessings for sure.

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      David Dove 5 years ago

      Excellent, thank you

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      Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

      Egypt has always amazed me. Thank you for sharing.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      Really interesting information on Egyptian customs - I loved it when I visited Egypt, but there's so much here I didn't know! Blessed. :)

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! It's a terrific overview of the ancient Egyptians.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens! I love history, and love to read about ancient Egypt. Well done!

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      LoKackl 5 years ago

      usiing a morter and pestle or a food processor. - wonderful

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      Sue Mah 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Nicely done. What an interesting way to learn about Egyptian culture. I like the bracelets.

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      PonyPower 5 years ago

      The jewelry definitely. It is so beautiful. I love learning about the ancient Egyptians. Awesome site!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Probably being in De-Nile...hahaha! Very nicely done lens and Squid Angel blessed!

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      Nicely laid out lens. The historical connection from Cleopatra to Romans became more clear to me this time although I have watched many movies and read many books about it. I especially enjoyed the video on Egyptian Engineering. I have always enjoyed Christopher Dunn's work but the video brought his message home. Nice work!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      the mummification is definitely not my favorite. making of beer and candied dates and figs are my faves.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      This is a great lens and so well researched. It's nice to see someone else delving into a bit of history.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Interesting

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Lovely lens on Egyptian customs, I enjoyed my stay :)

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      RetiredRebel 5 years ago

      I like this lens. Is really well written :)

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      Wendy Hughes 5 years ago from Charlotte

      I have a wish that I could experience those ancient times for just one day. I wrote a term paper on King Tut and have been enamored with their custom ad craft ever since.

      Thanks for the lens and video.

      SMILES!

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      makeupbrush 5 years ago

      Always wish to go there one day and experience the culture in person. Great lens! Love the jewelry.

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I've always found the Egyptian pyramids fascinating, and visiting them is one of the items on my bucket list.

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      CoeGurl 5 years ago from USA

      Love the gold jewelry of the ancient Egyptians!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of the greatest civilizations on earth, they had a history of glorious culture and traditions . I am impressed with the Pyramids they built and the science they used for building it in those ancient days.

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      Fiona 5 years ago from South Africa

      Great lens, I especially love all the links to the Egyptian style jewellery

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      jaystanley 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lovely lens about a fascinating culture. Kudos!

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @sukkran trichy: Thank you :)

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      awesome lens with valuable historical, cultural info about egyptian custom. enjoyed my visit.

      ~blessed~

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      Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

      @andreaberrios lm: Wow! on the tattoo! Thank you for the blessing!

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      I love everything that has to do with Ancient Egypt, I even have a Eye of Ra tattoo! Love your lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel! :)

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      KingLobster LM 5 years ago

      Great lens about this culture. It popped up as a related lens to mine on "pet burials" because I mentioned quite a bit about Egyptian culture relating to animal burials. At any rate, I found this lens to be quite interesting. Thanks for posting it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I liked your video ... felt like I was watching the history channel! If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      AvidArchie 5 years ago

      Fantastic job! I love everything about this lens. It has a cool layout and very informative. It is also just plain cool. I have another exploring their culture. Very complementary to this lens...

      https://hubpages.com/travel/egypt-a-cultural-insig

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Very informative! Great work!

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      avgsuperheroine 6 years ago

      really cool lens. I enjoy listening to history podcasts, and this was another fun way to learn about egyptians.

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      Sue Mah 6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      I have always been fascinated by the pyramids. Enjoyed reading your lens and learnt something new about Egyptian culture. Thank you.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Missed the quiz on this one. Love the topic. :)