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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: what are they called? Reply with quote

I know that the Egyptians used to mummify a type of bird, and I was wondering if you knew what type of bird it was Idea I think it was put into a few tombs after they were mummified, dunno if that helps.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, The Aten. Smile I think the bird that you're probably referring to is the Ibis. The Ibis was sacred to the god, Thoth (he was depicted with the head of an Ibis), and there was a cemetey (or possibly more than one) dedicated to the Ibis, one of the cemeteries may have been at Abydos but I'm not completely sure. Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They also embalmed falcons, the bird of Horus.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

isisinacrisis wrote:
They also embalmed falcons, the bird of Horus.

Laughing Oh yeah, I completely forgot about Horus!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the time of the great animal cults, often other animals that weren't pets, votive animals, or sacred animals were mumified. For example, owls weren't considered in any of the above categories, but five different species of owls were found mummified at Tuna el-Gebel.

In ancient Egypt, the care of animals was given the same inportance as caring for humans; it is thought that these owl mummies were an example of this principal.

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Ikram, Salima, _Divine Creatures Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt_, American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, c. 2005, ISBN 977 - 424 - 858 - 9

VELDE, te H. ‘A few remarks upon the religious significance of animals in Ancient Egypt’ in Numen xxvii, 1980, pp. 76-82.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was the Ibis that I was thinking about, thanks guys.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Aten wrote:
It was the Ibis that I was thinking about, thanks guys.

I just came across this Website, and thought you may find it of interest, The Aten. Razz Here's a quote from it:

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Ibis mummies and mummies of birds of prey were often mummified using the same technique. The birds were grasped by the feet and plunged into a vat of liquid resin, before being wrapped elaborately in bandages, then perhaps sold to the pilgrims who wished to give these as offerings to the gods, and put into ceramic jars, often three or four to a jar, which were then placed in the catacombs. Lengths of palm-rib were often used to make the mummies rigid, as was done with some human mummies of the period. A few ibis mummies were eviscerated, but this does not seem to be the rule. It is estimated that at Saqqara alone there were over 10,000 birds buried annually in the ibis and falcon catacombs.

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