(ORDO NEWS) — In ancient Egypt , women were tattooed. This fact is indicated by the analysis of mummies. Traces of ink were found on their dried bodies and skin.
Scientists assume that in this way women wanted to protect themselves during childbirth. They made a tattoo at will, otherwise it is impossible to explain the fact that not all female mummies have them.
On the body of one mummified Egyptian woman, tattoos were found not on the femur, on the legs, on the back. The woman was buried in Deir el-Medina.
Some mummies had tattoos on their lower backs. It turned out that such patterns were applied three thousand years ago.
Anne Austen and Marie-lis Arnett were the first researchers to discover tattoos on the mummies of Egyptian women.
They suggest that women who became mothers applied images of the ancient Egyptian god Bis to their bodies. This deity protected both women in labor and their children.
Dark black ink creates an image of the Devil, next to him is a bowl and ritual images. Most likely, such charms were applied a few weeks after childbirth.
On one of the women’s bodies, tattoos were discovered only with the help of infrared photography.
The image of the eye of Horus was identified, and the second pattern could not be deciphered, but scientists are sure that it is also Bis.
A zigzag line was also identified. Researchers are sure that it symbolizes the swamp. There are references to this in medical texts. Then the cooling waters of the bog were used to relieve pain during childbirth.
Scientists came to the conclusion that tattoos were applied not only to women in labor, but also to midwives, mothers, and pregnant women.
In the ancient world, they believed that they could protect against evil spirits, diseases, and the evil eye.
Anne Austen and Marie-lis Arnett hope they can still find mummies of women with tattoos. It could shed light on the culture and beliefs of those times.
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