Scarab Beetle In Ancient Egypt
Scarab Beetle In Ancient Egypt is one of the most famous amulets of Ancient Egypt, but the origin of its symbolic power is, to say the least, curious. Why would the Egyptians associate such an unmajestic animal with the god of creation? Forget mysticism, the answer is much more earthly: the ball of excrement that the dung beetle kneads seemed very similar to the work that the god Ra would do every sunrise with the Sun. In addition, it was believed that this animal reproduced itself without the need for a partner, which was all the more reason to bring it closer to the great god.
Because the small Scarab Beetle In Ancient Egypt seemed to emerge spontaneously from these tunnels, the Egyptians worshipped them under the name Jepri, “he who became” or “he who came to be”, and related them, from the earliest times to the creator god Atum. The lightning-like protuberances on the head of the dung beetle, and its habit of pushing a ball of excrement before it, also suggested solar symbolism; and the god Jepri was believed to roll, in the same way, the solar disk across the sky.
The people of Egypt referred to the sacred scarab as Ra Men Kepher, which means Ra, creator of the Universe. It was used as a great amulet that protected from disease and death and was usually made of lapis lazuli, azurite and sugilite and was set in rings, brooches and bracelets, as is the case of the bracelet found in the tomb of Tut-Anj-Amon, with a large scarab, dark blue.
Ancient Egyptian scarab beetle
In Ancient Egypt the scarab was deified, being linked to the god Jepri, who is represented with a human body and a beetle’s head and represents the constant change of existence. The Egyptians were convinced that this amulet symbolized protection both in life and in death since the one who wore it in his life acquired strength and protection against all evil and in death would have the possibility of resurrection and eternal life.
Egyptian Scarab Beetle
The meanings of this small insect do not end here. The Egyptians have bequeathed us a multitude of archaeological remains and among the most common are the scarabs. They were black or blue amulets, depending on the material with which they were carved, which had the power to protect their owner. Their use spread throughout all sectors of society. They inscribed their names or symbols on the back of the scarab to capture this protection to their person.
At another level were the commemorative scarabs that, although they had practically the same meaning, were larger pieces, only available to the nobility and the court of the pharaoh. Instead of the name of the owner, they depicted complete scenes of certain relevance, such as the hunting of a lion or the arrival of a foreign princess.
Finally, we have the heart scarabs. They were pieces placed on the chest of the mummies, on the position of the heart, to protect this organ of vital importance to resurrect in the afterlife. The deceased had to pass the Judgment of Osiris, in which his heart had to weigh less than the feather of Maat, a symbol of Truth and Justice.
Times change and today’s beliefs have little to do with those of more than two thousand years ago. But if you also happen to have one of these amulets at home, you know that they are more than just lucky beetles.