Seven ancient Egyptian traditions

Ian Harvey
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Every culture in history has its own specific set of traditions and customs, here are seven from ancient Egypt.

The Eye of Horus

The all Seeing Eye in the Lord of the Rings is believed to be based on the ancient Egyptian symbol that is known as the evil eye. The ancient symbol itself, however, isn’t actually as scary as it is depicted in the books and in the movies. The symbol was originally a sign that promised good health before it was eventually altered by the modern citizens of the country as protection from evil.

It is said that the eye itself sees the passion of man, and if you are not proud and happy with your present condition, the eye will take away anything that it sees and removes it from the beholder. This could be the root cause as to why some present day citizens still look back to the original meaning of the symbol and use it for the fortune of health and as a safeguard from evil beings.

Keeping shoes upright.

Ancient Egypt is known as a pretty superstitious culture, and their attitudes towards mundane everyday objects are no exception. It was believed that anyone who’s shoes were turned upside down would suffer from bad luck. This is because turning the dirty soles of your shoes to the sky was considered to be a disgrace to the gods.

Giving Money to the Poor

Afghan girl begging in Kabul Source:By Evstafiev - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Afghan girl begging in Kabul Source:By Evstafiev – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Giving money to the poor is a very important part of Egypt’s culture and the history of good deed goes back into the ancient days of the pharaohs. It is said that Maat, the god of harmony, would show everlasting to the people who gave back to the ones less fortunate than them. Even though Egypt is heavily rooted with Islam, it’s important to understand that giving and helping has been beautifully a part of the ancient culture since it rose to civilization. Today, it still gives Egyptians great pleasure to please their gods which leads us to the next ancient tradition.


The Egyptian dialect is said to be unparalleled with its combination of vibrancy and distinctiveness, with a perfect blend of ancient Arabic and Egyptian and a touch of modern French and English.

The culture is so exquisite that it has words with no derivation from other languages. The words are so profound that they are still used by its citizens. With words like ignore, slipper, eating and even patting, the language is filled with original words that are still spoken today. It’s hard to look past the importance of Egyptian language inside of the history of man.

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