Animal mummies were a message direct to the gods

By Sarah Zielinski, 15:51 PM January 6, 2014

Ancient Egyptians killed a lot of animals and turned them into mummies, but the purpose for such sacrifices isn’t always clear. At the highest levels of Egyptian society, people were buried with their mummified pets, presumably because they were beloved animals. Many tombs also included mummified animal meat, such as whole ducks and the forelegs of bulls, probably meant to feed the human occupant in the afterlife. A few animals were considered to be incarnations of gods, and animal cults mumm...

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