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Ancient Egypt

"Walk Like an Egyptian"

While the people of the Fertile Crescent were farming and fighting, a strange, beautiful civilization grew from the rich soil along the Nile River. These were the Egyptians, whose unique customs and impressive architecture have always attracted our special attention. Take, for example, the role of the cat in ancient Egypt.

Egyptians were the first people to domesticate the cat around 2000 BC. From then on, cats were considered types of gods on earth. Egyptian hunters took cats on their hunts instead of dogs. According to one source, the Egyptian army once surrendered a battle because their enemy released cats onto the battlefield and the Egyptians didn't want to hurt them. Have you ever seen a mummy, a dead person wrapped in cloth so their body would be preserved? Well, the Egyptians even mummified their cats. In one temple, scientists found more than 300,000 dead cats wrapped up in cloth. The ancient Egyptians were truly a one-of-a-kind people.

They say that the Nile gave us Egypt,
Try planting crops on the beach, and you can believe it.
The yearly flood left rich dirt called silt,
So they planted in the silt and the farms got built.
Around the Nile, they got together to feel alright like Bob Marley,
Planting cotton, wheat and barley.
Writing on papyrus in hieroglyphics,
That’s the Egyptian alphabet you can get with.
"Am I a dimwit? I can’t believe it, I can’t read it,
Looks like symbols to me," naw, it’s simple you see:
The Rosetta stone let us know how to decipher the code,
So now we study the old words that were written in stone.
They believed in an afterlife,
They’d get strips of cloth and they’d wrap you tight.
Yep, pharaohs would get mummified,
And buried with food and clothes for the great unknown, whoa.

Walk-walk like an Egyptian,
Walk-walk like an Egyptian.
We built the pyramids, we built the Sphinx,
And then we wrote it down in hieroglyphics.

Osiris:
I’m Osiris, lord of the dead,
Don’t mess with me, boy, I’ll put a sword to your head.
We fight invaders effortlessly,
’Cause we’re insulated by the desert and seas.
Upper and Lower, we’re divided up,
Yep, until Pharaoh Menes united us.
In 3100 BC, he said, I want my son to be pharaoh,
After me, I’ll start a dynasty.

King Tut, died before he got old,
But King Tut got a mask made of gold.
So pharaohs sit back, sip tea, and get rich,
While workers break their backs to build the pyramids.
Fifty stories tall, that’s incredible,
They used ramps to move stones, so they’re handicap accessible?
If you were pharaoh whose last breath goes,
You got buried in a pyramid, like it’s your gravestone.

Walk-walk like an Egyptian,
Walk-walk like an Egyptian.
We built the pyramids, we built the Sphinx,
And then we wrote it down in hieroglyphics.