HABITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: EGYPT.

In ancient Egypt, music had magical connotations and was also associated with special rituals officiated by priests. Inscriptions have been found on some of the walls of the pharaohs’ tombs, which seem to correspond to the sung text of a prayer that helped the soul to depart from the body and reach the divinities in heaven.

In the tombs of the pharaohs, musical instruments and various ornaments were never missing. One famous example is the harp found in the tomb of Ramses III at Thebes, which bears a sphinx head on its case.

Body care was very important for ancient Egyptian men and women Women used to lighten their skin with a creamy compound made from white lead. Eye make-up was a habit for both men and women: the black line, those decorations on the eyes of the ancient Egyptians, were made from malachite, a light green copper oxide. Men of all social classes preferred to wear wigs with short hair.

In some places in Egypt, ticket lines are separated, with men on one side and women on the other; on the metro, however, the first carriage is usually reserved for women.

When sitting on the ground, it is better not to show the sole of your foot to the person in front of you, as this is considered a serious offence. It is more appropriate to sit cross-legged or on your heels.

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