At sunrise, the scarab wakes up and begins to make balls of dung in the form of the sun. Which is the reason why the ancient Egyptians associated ‘scarab’ with the sun and considered it a symbol of the sun god ‘Ra.’
They believed that ‘scarab’ was a sacred being.
In Egyptian mythology, a scarab-headed god named ‘ Khepri ‘; comes from the ancient Egyptian word ‘kheper’ meaning “to become” or “to be transformed.”
‘ Khepri ‘ was known for rolling the sun across the sky each day then dragging the sun to the edge of the horizon to death every night.
Subsequently, ‘Scarab’ had an essential part of the ancient Egyptian funeral rituals; scarab beetles, made of green colour, were placed on the dead’s chest before burial and were known as “scarabs of the heart.”
During the ancient Egyptian period, there were various scarabs; scarabs of the heart found in shrouds, marriage scarabs, winged scarabs, decorative scarabs, fortune scarabs, etc.
Ancient Egyptians received scarabs as honor medals. The smaller ones had the king’s name, followed by the gifted person’s title and role. While the larger scarab carries short news besides names, such as formal events such as royal weddings.
Without a doubt, the scarab was the most popular amulet in ancient Egypt. Therefore, the ancient Egyptians placed it next to their heart to give them powers. It was a symbol for good luck, rebirth, growth, and transformation.
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