Egyptian bronze shrew sarcophagus, 664-332 B.C

In Ancient Egypt they believed that their deities could appear on earth in animal form, as such, shrews played a prominent role in Egyptian worship practices. In fact, shrews were considered to be animals that came from the darkness and were often associated with the mongoose, an animal that would appear during the day. These two species may have represented two faces (night and day, darkness and light) of the same deity.


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