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The Significance of Animals in Ancient Egypt


Before we start this lesson, lets quickly remind ourselves of the mummification process. Watch the video below for a quick reminder.

Quick Recap - What is mummification?

Animals were very sacred in Ancient Egypt. They were used for rearing food, some were kept as animals and many were used in religious rituals. The Egyptians understood the animals characteristics and admired them, especially those that were dangerous or had special powers that humans didn't have. They believed animals were symbols, for example, the beetle - the Egyptians noticed how it buries itself and therefore used it as a symbol of survival.


Look at the pictures of Egyptian animals. Can you match them to them correct description? 






Use the internet to research about the sacredness of animals in Ancient Egypt. Make a bullet point list of what you find out.

Here are a few websites to help you