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The numbers of animals the Egyptians mummified are astonishing.
Millions of birds were mummified at Saqqara.
During periodic celebrations at Bubastis, a city that claimed as its deity the cat-like goddess Bastet, priests daily snapped the necks of hundreds of 4-month-old kittens.
At Tuna el-Gebel, baboons and ibises representing the god Thoth were mummified.
At Abydos, dogs and jackals were sacrificed for the gods Khentyamentiu and Wepwawet.
Because so many animal mummies have been found, archeologists speculate that animals were bred specifically as offerings or were kept in sacred colonies.
All of these sacred animals, whether sacrificed or dying naturally, were buried in animal cemeteries. By 300 B.C., more than 130 animal cemeteries existed across Egypt.
As part of the first full excavation of Egypt's ancient Dog Catacombs, scientists examine 2,500-year-old animal remains—a small sample of the roughly eight million animal mummies in these tunnels.
Studies on their bones revealed that those dogs are from different breeds but not accurately identified yet.
Today, "in some churches people light a candle, and their prayer is taken directly up to God in that smoke,” archaeologist Salima Ikram said. In much the same way, a mummified dog's spirit would carry a person's prayer to the afterlife, said Ikram, founder of the Animal Mummy Project at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Originally posted by 11I11
The biggest question is how many people would be needed to mummify 8 million animals? It gets pretty hot in Egypt, so not like you could leave the job to just one man.
It would be nice to have a clearer answer.