When I think of ancient Egypt I think of three things; Pyramids, Mummies and Scarabs.
So what is it about this little dung roller that the ancient Egyptians loved so much?
The Scarab, in Egyptian mythology, is closely associated with the god, Khepri. He was responsible for ‘rolling’ the early morning sun across the sky. Much like the way a dung beetle - or Scarab, rolls his dung across the ground.
The ancient Egyptians gave meaning to the movement of the sun by observing the Scarab going about its business. The magical ancient explanation for things like this is so simple yet it makes sense. At least to an ancient mind.
Khepri was also associated with the renewal of life and rebirth. The ancient Egyptians gave him these characteristics because dung beetles lay their eggs inside this ball of poop. Once hatched, they emerge fully formed.
Amulets in the shape of Scarabs have been recovered from the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms. They were sometimes wrapped in between the linen of mummies. During the New Kingdom, Scarab amulets were sometimes placed on the chest to symbolically represent the heart of the deceased.
Scarabs are engrained into Egyptian mythology.