There were very few societies in the ancient world more cherished than the Egyptians. After all, the ancient Egyptians played an important role in the development of modern systems of mathematics and medicine.
Their architectural techniques were also the envy of other societies back then, especially with the construction of pyramids, obelisks, and temples.
From its unification around 3100 BC to the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC, ancient Egypt was one of the most technologically advanced civilizations in the entire world for nearly 30 centuries long.
From the monumental pyramids built during the reign of Old Kingdom to the expansive military aggressions of the New Kingdom, this ancient society has become a major subject of study among historians and archaeologist from every corner of the globe.
Most information about ancient Egyptians are immortalized in the walls of monuments, buried deep underground beneath massive pyramids, as well as objects and artifacts covered with complex alphabet consisting of more than 700 hieroglyphs.
Many of the ancient records that have been recovered from archaeological sites provide a somewhat clear picture of wealthy intelligent society with all sorts of accomplishments far ahead of its time.
Ancient Egyptians’ richness of culture, complexity of architectural approach, and dynamics of life were all signs of sophisticated civilization highly respected by all its allies and adversaries.
But behind the wonders and glamour, however, the everyday life of ancient Egyptians – both royalties and their subjects – were filled with all sorts of bizarre moments, beliefs, and practices that today’s modern societies would consider “unconventional” to say the least.
Here are 10 truly disgusting facts about life in ancient Egypt.
10 Head Lice Was Far From Uncommon
Based on pictures and records, ancient Egyptian’ artworks invariably are filled with images of people with shiny black hair; expect in association with foreigners, no other color was depicted.
That being said, consistent imagery does not always suggest that everyone in ancient Egypt possessed perfectly raven-black hair. Most likely the imagery informs us about the ideal standard of beauty in the society.
As a matter of fact, total removal of body hair was customary for both men and women in ancient Egypt. Shaving the head might serve multiple purposes: having no hair would be more comfortable in the hot climate of the region and the absence of hair made cleanliness easier to maintain.
Another clear purpose was that shaved head meant no lice. What have been uncovered from ancient tombs were not just mummies of royalties along with their glittering treasures and artifacts, but also the remains of head lice. Instead of trying to get rid of head lice with medicines or specialized combs, people of the ancient Egypt found more practical method to deal with the irritating insects by removing the hair entirely.