posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 12:38 PM
Similar story to the millions of mummified birds found.
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
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
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.
More info and photos at this link:
So these animals were bred as sacrifices? This is very interesting.
I have found conflicting answers. Food for the afterlife, gifts to the gods, changing the course of nature, curing the sick, giving thanks, etc.
It would be nice to have a clearer answer.