Why Did Egyptians Worship Cats? Video


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How was the role of cats around homes connected to the legend of Mafdet?

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1. What was the traditional mourning practice when a cat died in ancient Egypt?

2. Who technically owned all cats in ancient Egypt?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How and why cats were worshiped in ancient Egypt is the focus of this quiz/worksheet combo. Questions address your understanding of key topics like the legend of Mafdet and the mourning practice in ancient Egypt when cats died.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These topics will be covered:

  • How the role of cats is connected to Mafdet
  • Who owned all the cats in ancient Egypt
  • Mummification of cats in ancient Egypt
  • Reason for the severity of the punishment for killing cats in ancient Egypt

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on cat worship in ancient Egypt
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Mafdet and the reason killing cats in ancient Egypt was so severely punished
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the technical owner of all the cats in ancient Egypt

Additional Learning

You can learn more about ancient Egyptian culture through the lesson named Why Did Egyptians Worship Cats? As you work through the lesson, you'll cover these points:

  • The famous goddess Bastet
  • Physical appearance of Sekhmet
  • Reasons cats were important to ancient Egyptians
  • Who could own cats in ancient Egypt