GUWAHATI: Ancient Egypt was one of the most developed civilizations in the history of mankind. Not only did Ancient Egyptians build some of the most spectacular pyramids that date back thousands of years, but they were also medically advanced, knew a thing or two about the afterlife, and created one of the most complex writing systems in the world. But that is only the tip of the iceberg! Here are 8 fascinating facts about Ancient Egyptians even historians don’t know about.
Egyptian women had all types of freedom back in the day – more than ‘modern’ women had a hundred years back! Egyptian women didn’t depend on anyone and owned their personal property. Inside the family, the land was passed on from mother to daughter, and men were rarely involved. Egyptian women could choose their husbands freely and apply for divorce. They could also get married for the second time if they wanted to. A type of prenuptial agreement was practiced during those times – it listed all the goods and properties a woman owned before getting married and guaranteed that in the event of the divorce she would be compensated for everything.
Unlike many people of their time, Ancient Egyptians didn’t like traveling much. They believed that if they died on foreign land their soul wouldn’t pass on and may get stuck somewhere in-between this world and the afterlife. That’s why they mostly stayed in Egypt, knowing that if they got buried in the sacred Nile Valley with all the necessary ceremonies, they wouldn’t have to worry about anything in the afterlife.
Men and women could have the same jobs. Of course, most women were housewives, but they could still work if they wanted to. They could be involved in making flour or sell goods in different shops. Egyptian women of noble descent had more possibilities – they could get an education and apply for higher ruling positions. They also became doctors and priestesses in the temples of local deities. Some of them even became pharaohs!