Play Dead: Eight Million Dog Mummies Uncovered in Egyptian Catacombs

Play Dead: Eight Million Dog Mummies Uncovered in Egyptian Catacombs

In an ongoing project to study the remains of an Egyptian catacomb dedicated to the canine-faced god Anubis, researchers have announced that they’ve uncovered the mummified remains of some 8 million dogs.

The project, being financed by National Geographic, aims to further understand the inner workings of the cult of Anubis, hopefully shedding light on the thought processes of it’s worshippers.

Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo (AUC), told National Geographic that “in some churches people light a candle, and their prayer is taken directly up to God in that smoke. In the same way, a mummified dog’s spirit would carry a person’s prayer to the afterlife”.

Making the find even more odd is that the majority of the canines, ranging many different breeds, were buried just hours after birth. Bummer.

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For more on the find, including some other animals found in the catacombs, you can visit Ahram Online.

Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Editor-In-Chief at Week In Weird
Documentary film-maker, professional monster chaser, and unapologetic mystery monger, Greg is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Week In Weird. When he's not occupied by writing about the wide world of the weird, he's busy directing and editing documentary films like The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching or writing about offbeat travel for Roadtrippers. He's currently in production on his new project: an original documentary web series titled Engaging the Strange. He currently lives in Cincinnati.
Greg Newkirk
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1 Comment

  1. butch

    03/18/2013 at 9:45 AM

    check the dogs asses for messages to anubis

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