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Cats in ancient Egypt

The Egyptian Museum
Cats(Felis sylvestris catus), known in Ancient Egypt as the mau, played a role in ancient Egyptian society. Beginning as a wild, untamed species, cats were useful for limiting vermin in Egyptian crops and harvests; through exposure, cats became domesticated and learned to coexist with humans. The people in what would later be Upper and Lower Egypt had a religion centering around the worship of animals, including cats.
Praised for controlling vermin and its ability to kill snakes such as cobras, the domesticated cat became a symbol of grace and poise. The goddess Mafdet, the deification of justice and execution, was a lion-headed goddess. The cat goddess Bast (also known as Bastet) eventually replaced the cult of Mafdet, and Bast's image softened over time and she became the deity representing protection, fertility, and motherhood.
As a revered animal and one important to Egyptian society and religion, some cats got the same mummification after death as humans. M…

X-MASS IN Egypt & the Nile Tour

X-MASS IN Egypt & the Nile Tour12 Days from $2,749 USDRating 4.7/5 11 out of 1292%of customers would recommend this tour to a friend. Please note: A visa is required for U.S. and Canadian passport holders to enter Egypt.

Take an unforgettable 12-day tour through the stunning pyramids of Egypt. Cruise along the Nile and visit the numerous temples that make Egypt so famous. You’ll discover firsthand the rich, ancient culture of this magnificent country.

Detailed ItineraryDay 1 - Giza & the PyramidsYour trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Cairo aboard an internationally recognized airline. Day 2 - Giza & the PyramidsWelcome to Egypt! egyptraveluxe representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel in Giza. The rest of the day is free. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.
Included meals: breakfast (in flight), dinner Day 3 - Giza & the PyramidsYour Tour Director, also a pro…