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Did you know? Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone or wood

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The ancient Egyptians used pillows made of unusual hard materials like woods and stones.

The pillows were actually used to support the head of a dead person. The ancient Egyptians considered the head to hold the essence of life. So pillows which were used to uphold the body vigour were also believed to keep demons away.

Ancient egyptian wooden pillow
Ancient Egyptian wooden pillow. Image from Wikipedia

Stone pillows for living people also existed. For humans, the function of the stone pillow was to prevent insects from crawling into mouths, noses, and ears. And they were used only by the wealthy citizens.

However, a single pillow made from woven plant fibres encased in a wax coating dated to around 2000 BC was found in April 2006. Probably, some of the wealthier Egyptians might have slept more comfortably.

2 Comments
  1. Francis says

    Omo! These weird things just keep cropping up.

  2. Nana Kwabela says

    Like insect won’t crawl int their mouth still, some crazy inventions though

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