EGYPT HISTORY Gambling in Ancient Egypt 3 years ago Samuel Post Views: 2,100 Gambling represents a kind of hope on tick. All of us are controlled by some forces that use credit cards at their discretion. To appreciate how great this dependence is, remember that each of us exists due to the accidental interaction of two microscopic living cells. The combination of chromosomes, genes, and hormones determines our sex, skin color, and character. This great force also decides when we go west. Our whole life journey from diapers to the grave is nothing but an endless series of gambling. We are unable to guess the single consequences of the many decisions we make every day and every hour. The only thing we have left is to “hope for the best”. Yet, Lady Fortune is not thinking of rewarding people for their discretion and prudence! It would undoubtedly be nice to name the year when gambling appeared. Unfortunately, it is impossible. Gambling is a phenomenon of psychological order, just like fire – physical. There is no way we can determine when our ancestors discovered the existence of both. The first man entered the historical scene approximately in the late Pleistocene era (about five hundred thousand years ago). A representative of the early Stone Age engaged mainly in food production could come across the concept of “chance” in the hunting process. Indeed, having set a trap in the evening, he could not predict with certainty that in the morning he would be waiting for the captured prey. One day, our adventurous ancestor must have guessed that the less he relied on pure chance, the more nutritious his morning meal would be. That is how the word «chance» was formed, as applied to the realities of life. It is one step away from such a notion as «bet». Now we have some material evidence of gambling in Ancient Egypt. The Cheops pyramid, built in the area of Giza, near Cairo, contained a clay tablet telling a mythological story about the origin of the modern calendar through gambling. This is how it happened. Nut, goddess of the sky, secretly engaged to her brother Geb. When Ra, the creator god, found out about their marriage, he went mad and ordered to separate the audacious spouses. But this was not enough for him, so Ra cursed Nut saying “you will not have babies on any of the three-hundred sixty days of the year. May your womb be as empty as the sands of the Hum Desert”. But the good god of the night, Thoth, took pity on the beautiful goddess and came up with something to do. He offered Moon to play dice. The stake in each of the games was one seventy-seventh of the moonlight. With the assistance of Nut, Thoth defeated his opponent and gave Nut his winning – five new calendar days. Since Ra’s curse did not apply to these five days, Nut immediately took advantage of favorable circumstances by giving birth to four children in five days. Among them were Isis, Osiris, Horus, and Nephthys. This story proves that gambling appeared long before the construction of the Cheops pyramid (3000 BC). This is also evidenced by the following facts: dice, carved by an unknown master from an elephant tusk and dated 1573 BC (now kept in the British Museum); fresco with the image of two Egyptians playing “athep” (standing back-to-back and guessing the numbers shown on their fingers); copper bowls for playing “hab-em-haw” where you need to throw discs into the bowl in a certain sequence. In various collections of Egyptian antiques, one can see papyruses with the texts of laws on punishment for avid players: they were sent to quarries for «community service». Such a severe penalty clearly shows how deep the gambling virus penetrated the body of the most ancient civilization. Source: casinotip.net About Post Author Samuel I am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. See author's posts SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: ancient Egypt, history of gambling Continue Reading Previous History of Gambling in GhanaNext History of Blackjack More Stories HISTORY Gambling Books: Anecdotes, Strategy & Luck! 2 days ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY SOUTH AFRICA Growth of Online Poker in South Africa 1 month ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY WORLD NEWS Brief history of financial skulduggery 1 month ago Iwo Bulski HISTORY ONLINE A Brief History of Online Slots 2 months ago Szarlot HISTORY SOUTH AFRICA Blackjack: Its history and how it became popular 2 months ago Szarlot HISTORY History: How People Started Gambling 3 months ago Iwo Bulski CASINO HISTORY KENYA Sex, gamblers and Mafia 3 months ago Iwo Bulski EGYPT GAMES Play’n GO launches ImmorTails of Egypt 4 months ago Szarlot EGYPT ONLINE Biggest local E-sport championship in Egypt 5 months ago Szarlot EGYPT EXPERTS The Evolution of Gambling in Africa 8 months ago Szarlot CASINO EGYPT WORLD NEWS EGT cabinets make their debut at Nile City Casino in Cairo 11 months ago Samuel HISTORY HOT NEWS SOUTH AFRICA Archbishop Desmond Tutu is dead 1 year ago Samuel Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.