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Mummies are a fascinating legacy of ancient Egypt, probably the one that's most familiar today. But did you know that the Egyptians mummified animals as well as humans? Many different kinds of animal mummies have been discovered in Egypt, among them hundreds of thousands of cat mummies. Why did the Egyptians mummify so many cats? To answer this question, Cat Mummies describes the important part cats played in Egyptian religious belief and practice over thousands of ears. Meticulously researched text and illustrations offer a fresh look at everyday life in an ancient civilization, and at a remarkable chapter in the history of the domestic cat.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780395968918
ISBN-10: 0395968917
Format: Paperback
(267mm x 210mm x 5mm)
Pages: 64
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » Why did the ancient Egyptians mummify cats by the hundred of thousands? Why were there cemeteries with tons of charred cat bones? Trumble addresses these and other questions matter-of-factly in her first book, incorporating information on Egyptian myths, animal cults, cat worship, mummification practices, ancient Egyptian history, and 19th-century archaeological discoveries. Unconditional statements about beliefs ("Anubis, the god of tombs, lived in a jackal's body because jackals often prowled around tombs"), events, and practices will appear, to children, as cold facts instead of conjecture and speculation. Tremble states with certainty that Egyptians worshipped and revered their cats. Only in an end note, nearly 40 pages later, does she note that X rays of some cat and kitten mummies indicate cats were deliberately strangled. A throwaway line about priests sacrificing cats will not help readers understand the contradiction (or even hint to them that history, drawn from sources that are limited, incomplete, or conflicting, is full of such contradictions). Kubinyi's highly detailed, softly colored drawings bring immediacy to ancient events and objects. With its compelling topic, the book will work best when complemented by other, more comprehensive, sources on Egypt. (Kirkus Reviews)


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