Ancient Egyptian retainer sacrifice is a type of human sacrifice in which pharaohs and occasionally other high court nobility would have servants killed after the pharaohs' deaths to continue to serve them in the afterlife. In Egypt , retainer sacrifice only existed during the First Dynasty , from about BC to BC, slowly dwindling, and eventually dying out. Ancient Egyptians like many cultures believed in an afterlife and much of what remains of their civilization reflects this because only the temples, tombs, and other religious structures survive well. One belief that was at the center of Egyptian beliefs about life after death was the belief in the ka.
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No other country—not even China or India—has such a long unbroken history as Egypt. Some 5, years ago, the Egyptians had already reached a high stage of civilization. They lived under an orderly government. They carried on commerce in ships, and they built great stone structures. They established the first calendar known to use a year of days, approximately equal to the solar year.
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The ancient Egypt mummies have fascinated the modern world since Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of King Tut. People have discovered thousands of mummies in Egypt. Individuals destroyed many and used them for fertilizer or medicine. Some scholars threw them away because they did not consider them important as artifacts. Today, scholars realize how useful studying mummies is in learning about ancient Egypt.
In ancient Egypt, grave robbing was considered the worse crime anyone could commit. Grave robbers were in a hurry when they broke into a tomb to steal whatever they could find that had value. They wanted to grab and get away.