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The pets of ancient egypt

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The pets of ancient egypt

  1. 1. The Pets of Ancient Egypt By: Claire and Ileana
  2. 2. Did the Ancient Egyptians have pets?
  3. 3. <ul><li>Yes, they did have pets. Ancient Egyptians had falcons, geese, ducks, turtle doves, gazelles, lions, monkeys, mongeese, cats, and dogs. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sacred animals <ul><li>In ancient Egypt, many animals were associated with gods: </li></ul><ul><li>Cat: Bastet </li></ul><ul><li>Cow: Hathor </li></ul><ul><li>FalconHawk: Horus </li></ul><ul><li>Baboon/Ibis: Thoth </li></ul><ul><li>Jackal/Dog/Fox: Anubis </li></ul><ul><li>Ram: Khnum </li></ul><ul><li>Bull: Apis </li></ul><ul><li>Crocodile: Sobek </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cats were Special <ul><li>Cats were pets, hunting partners, and sacred animals. many women were named “Mayet” which might have meant “kitty”. Cats were better hunters than mongeese, because they were lighter and could climb delicate branches. Some cats had coffins and were mummified, and the punishment for hurting a cat was death. The Egyptians believed that cats had magical powers and protected homes and children from danger. Cats weren’t named though, only dogs were. </li></ul>
  6. 6. People liked dogs, too. <ul><li>Lots of Egyptians had dogs. They gave the dogs collars, and named them too, unlike cats. Dogs were mummified and buried with their owners. Some pictures show dogs that looked like greyhounds, others showed dogs that looked like mastiffs. Like today, there were guard dogs and hunting dogs. </li></ul>
  7. 7. So yes, we know that they did have pets. We know what kinds of pets they had, and why cats were special.
  8. 8. The End

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