Ancient Egyptian Sports - Athletics
The Ancient Egyptian competitive sports extended to Athletics which included the following events:
- Long Jump
- High Jump
- Long Distance Running
- Spear Throwing (Javelin)
- Tug Of War
Ancient Egyptian Sports and Pastimes - Hunting and Fishing
The Ancient Egyptians enjoyed sports related activities such as hunting and fishing. Hunting could be an extremely dangerous sport due to the wild nature of the animals which were hunted. The Ancient Egyptians used hunting dogs to help them capture their prey. Sighthounds have exceptional eyesight, combined with the speed and stamina necessary to catch the intended prey. The Pharaoh Hound originated in ancient Egypt and was bred primarily as a sight hound to hunt gazelle and other small game. It is no coincidence that the Pharaoh Hound's likeness in Egyptian art so strongly resembles the Egyptian jackal god, Anubis, the Watchdog of the Dead, in fact the Pharaoh Hound is the oldest domesticated dog in written records, dating back to before 3,000 B.C. The animals which were hunted by the Ancient Egyptians include the following:
Although hunting was a popular sport the hunted animals had many uses. The most obvious was to use the meat for eating. But other uses were for their skins or feathers. Ivory came from the tusk of the elephant and the teeth of the hippopotamus. Some animals were taken alive to be used as offerings to the gods. These were kept in zoos, a little known invention of the Ancient Egyptians.
Ancient Egyptian Sports
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