8 million mummified dogs found in Egypt bring in an interesting aspect of Egyptian mythology. The discovery on the other hand also puts through quite a few questions about the Animal cults of Egypt during that period. According to the reports, more that 8 million mummified dogs were found in the catacombs of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian God of the Dead. The mummified animals were found around Saqqara, which also happens to be one of the most visited tourist destinations of Egypt.
The director of the Project, Paul Nicholson, of Cardiff University’s School of History, Archeology and Religion, states that the discovery is of great importance not because of the dead mummified animals, but the numbers of the mummified animals. Egyptians have been known to have mummified the pets of the kings and queens in their tombs, but in this case, the numbers pose a few interesting questions.
Some of the historians and archeologists believe that this mass animal burial was probably for various spiritualistic reasons. There is no other possible justification, which would answer the mass burial of animals. Even the history does not provide information about any sort of plague that affected mostly the dogs during that time.
Some historians believe that this was an act of pleasing the ancient Egyptian God of the Dead, Anubis. The catacomb was built in the fourth century BC in North Saqqara, an ancient burial ground. By offering the animals, they were probably praying the God to take care of any close relative of their family, who was already dead then.
Historians claim that animal cults were very common in ancient Egypt around 747 B.C. to around about 30 B.C., but things changed during the Roman rule. The ancient Egyptian God of the Dead, Anubis, had a body of the humans, but the head of a dog or a jackal, which to a certain extent explains why, out of all animals Dogs were used.
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