Papyrus is the oldest writing paper in history, dating back to (3700-2000 BC), and was made by ancient Egyptians.
At first, they used it only for religious purposes such as preparing the ‘Book of the Dead,’; placed next to the dead, it included prayers to help the dead in the afterlife according to their beliefs. Later on, Egyptians used it for everyday purposes.
Back then, ancient Egyptians were interested in documenting everything related to their lives; traditions, arts, values, and anything about their agricultural and industrial activities on their Papyrus pages.
Similarly, Papyrus was also used to document ‘Hebrew’ literature, particularly in later periods when ‘Torah’ was written on Papyrus.
Papyrus had many other uses, such as making boats, ropes, mats, sandals, light furniture, a kind of popular food, and sealing dead bodies after the mummification process.
The ancient Egyptian also used dark papyrus flowers to make decorative leaves. Some believe that Moses’ mother used Papyrus to make the box in which she placed ‘Moses’ and threw it into the sea in submission to God’s will.
In fact, they believed that ships built from a papyrus plant protected them from crocodiles, based on Isis’s legend, who rode a papyrus boat and roamed the canals in search of the remains of her husband, the God ‘Ozer.’
To sum up, the papyrus plant was known in various parts of the world. However, historically, no other people knew Papyrus as ancient Egyptian knew it and valued it!
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