Hey there! To start off, I want to begin by admitting honestly that I am not a ‘history-kind-of person'. A history-kind-of person? I mean to say, I find myself having zero interest in wanting to find out about anything of the past.
No, don’t get me wrong! It is not that I can’t be bothered with the lives of the people from the past because it’s already in the past da da da..., but because somehow, I can only imagine the stories in a fictional way instead of being able to see that they are actually recollection of past events... Anyone feels the same?
So anyway, because I really did not have an inclination towards anyone, anything or anywhere in history, I resorted to the Singaporean style of choosing what to talk about in this blog post- the 'mini-my-nee-mini-moh' method.
And tadaaaaaaa, I chose to read up on Ancient Egypt, and here is 2 rather amusing and amazing discoveries I chanced upon!
Can you imagine yourself going around naked at even the age of 4? I cannot. Just imagining about it now makes me feel so exposed.
So I used to work at a childcare centre awhile back, and I helped out with the toddlers class. I remember clearly that those toddlers of the age of 3 already knew to feel ‘shame shame’ (a term that adult would say to children when they do something deemed as shameful in relation to their gender) when they go running around without their top or bottom on.
However, in ancient Egypt, it seemed to be a norm and was done so because of the warm weather in Egypt……
I am not too sure about the credibility of this discovery though, because there are also sources saying that children actually wore clothes, because clothing for children had been found in tombs.
Whatever it may had been, I think what struck me more was my reaction to the discovery, and what possibly would be the reaction of many people in today’s world.
I was (and actually still am) shocked knowing that children of the past may have bared their body as they went around. To me, exposing my body gives me a sense of shame; and hence, going around naked seems like a no-no.
But on second thoughts, it made me think about the reason for that shame triggered in me.
We are all wonderfully made, and so our body is certainly a type of beauty- something to be proud of. But how did it turn out that we become ashamed of showing certain body parts, or rather, showing skin as a whole?
Perhaps some sense of this beauty was being distorted along the way. As time passes, the concept of body probably got associated with too much of sexual corruptions- so much so that we begin to associate showing skin to something lowly instead of a type of beauty.
- KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Other than keeping their fashion simple with linen clothes and little sewing done, even the way ancient Egyptians constructed the magnificent Khufu Ship, was kept simple.
No, I am not even kidding. The builders managed to make ropes out of the grass, and basically painstakingly sewed the ship together!!!!!!
Now, that’s simplicity (but definitely not done easily), compared to the countless technology used to produce just almost anything in the world today.
By the way, are you thinking how the boat was actually sewn together? Here’s more details!
So there, here are the 2 mini discoveries that I've learnt about the Ancient Egypt Civilization and... I guess as you read up more on something, it actually speaks more relevance to you than when you do not. So I am thankful for this. :)