10 Facts you probably didn’t know about ancient Egyptian Solar Ships

(ORDO NEWS) — Egyptian ships were used for various purposes such as fishing, trading, travel and battle.

In ancient times, many items were associated with the deity. The ancient Egyptians were quite religious people and saw their gods in every thing. Solar boats or solar barges are vessels used by various gods, including the sun god Ra.

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Solar ship of Osiris

In one of the religious tales of Egypt, it is said that the ship of Ra, Atet, cruised the sky every day. Other tales tell of Ra’s journey through Egypt. He also traveled to the underworld on his boat.

However, solar boats, in general, were used for different purposes under different dynasties. Some suggest that they were used as burial vessels, others claim that they carried the pharaohs to their destination.

We have collected ten interesting facts about the solar boats or barges of Ancient Egypt. Let’s look at them.

1) According to Egyptian history, the boat of Ra existed in the spiritual realm. However, there were others that were built and maintained by human hands. Khufu’s solar boat is one of them.

2) Many gods and goddesses had their own ships. All of them were beautifully decorated and furnished like floating temples.

3) Various ships were buried along with their respective kings. Moreover, archaeologists and experts have found Khufu’s funerary boat near the pyramid of Giza.

4) The history and purpose of the ships are not exactly known. However, they were used by many pharaohs in ancient times. Various solar boats have been discovered to date; some of them belong to the first dynasty of Egypt.

5) The ship of Osiris was known as the barge of Neshmet, which was built by many people. However, it originally belonged to one of the water gods named Nun. It is believed that the water god Nun gave it to Osiris.

6) Egyptian ships were used for various purposes such as fishing, trading, travel and battles. According to many Egyptologists, the people of the Old Kingdom of Egypt began to use them for religious beliefs and practices.

7) Khufu’s solar vessel was buried under the pyramid of Giza. Moreover, it had to be assembled in parts, as it was broken. It is believed that he was supposed to deliver Khufu to his destination.

8) Burial boats were used to transport the dead in the old days. They were mainly used in the funeral processions of kings. The solar boats were believed to have been magically charged and blessed by the ancient gods of Egypt.

9) In the Old and Middle Kingdoms of Egypt, solar boats were buried near the royal chambers in pyramid complexes.

10) Archaeologists and experts have discovered a dozen boat graves in Abydos. The graves were found next to the building of the mortuary of Pharaoh Khasekhemwy. Various experts state that the aforementioned boat graves belong to the Second Dynasty of Egypt.


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