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Rituals Related to Animal Cults

"Two kinds of cult animal existed in ancient Egypt: specific faunal representatives of a given deity that lived in a temple and were ceremonially interred, and creatures killed and mummified to act as votive offerings. The former are attested from the earliest times, while the latter date from the Late Period and later."

Author(s):  Dodson, Aidan
Format:  Article
Publisher:  eScholarship at California Digital Library
Date:  2009
Source:  UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology