That Could Not Have Been Comfortable
September 14, 2018 11:04am CST
I am not sure how ancient Egyptians got a good night's sleep due to using headrests for sleeping purposes. Wooden or stone headrests used by ancient Egyptians look incredibly uncomfortable to me. Headrests were important items to have in ancient Egypt. 1. Headrests were associated with the solar cult. The lifting of the head identified with worshiping the sun, the head rising in the morning and lowering in the evening. 2. In ancient Egypt, headrests were used while sleeping to keep evil spirits away and to increase physical strength and good health. 3. The headrest allowed the air to circulate around the head which came in handy due to Egypt's warm climate. 4. Due to the head being considered the essence of life, ancient Egyptian mummies were buried with headrests to provide protection for the head. A person needed a head in the afterlife. There is no evidence, to date, that some kind of soft little pillow was used with an ancient headrest, but I certainly hope so.
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Bet you that there were plenty of ants and creepy crawlies around at the time, and that high 'thing' was supposed to protect the sleepers from those insects... (They do have plenty of scorpions at the time in Egypts???) I was horrified seeing an ancient pillow from Japan/China: a kind of a brick or something similar. Shocking! (No wonder they were so stiff with traditions! We who use soft pillow, we are all nice, kind, tender hearted and soft (in the head & heart ).
How strange that in ancient Egypt they used the same headrests used in ancient China. I have recently seen something like this watching a very good Chinese movie. The shape is exactly the same, the most ancient found in China are of the Bronze Age.
I wonder if they all suffered chronic pains on the baseline of the head, neck, shoulders and down to the back or scapula? No wonder Joseph could not sleep well besides being harassed by Potiphar's wife. Lol! He ran away, of course. He never touched that woman. But he slept in prison with that stool pillow ( headrest), too. Sorry. Got carried away. :-D