Papyri Reveal Ancient Egyptians Practiced Voluntary Eternal Slavery To Holy Temples

I bet the church today wishes it could still do this. Sci-News writes:

About one hundred of 2,200-year-old papyrus slave contracts have revealed that ancient Egyptians voluntarily entered into slave contracts with a local temple in the Egyptian city Tebtunis for all eternity, and even paid a monthly fee for the privilege.

“I am your servant from this day onwards, and I shall pay 2,5 copper-pieces every month as my slave-fee before Soknebtunis, the great god,” say the papyri from the temple city of Tebtunis, as translated by egyptologist Dr Kim Ryholt of the University of Copenhagen.

“Many chose to live as temple slaves because it was the only way of avoiding the harsh alternative [of forced manual labor]; the temple was simply the lesser of two evils for these people. And for the temples, this was a lucrative practice that gave them extra resources and money.”

4 Comments on "Papyri Reveal Ancient Egyptians Practiced Voluntary Eternal Slavery To Holy Temples"

  1. Ted Heistman | Jan 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm |

    I think I would have opted for “camel herder”

    I don’t really know what to make of these Ancient Egyptians. Graham Hancock is convinced they were good guys. Others paint them as bad guys. Seems like a lot of slavery.

  2. “I bet the church today wishes it could still do this.” But it can, it’s called ‘citizenship’ and ‘taxes’.

    • massagrabber | Jan 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm |

      Exactly. They created a slave class, both male and female, priest, nun, reverends etc. They gave them power over the collection plate and the parishioners. The responsibility therefore was to keep the place clean and send the profits up the channels to the high pub-ah. The choir boys were there to sing praises of obeisance to the on high plus a little window dressing and depending how much of a pervert, the emotional destruction of a magnificent human being.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Jan 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm |

    recently I’ve been reading about early Rome (800 BCE-400 BC)
    (just ’cause I wanted to)
    and I was struck by the power religion had at that time
    Rome not only had elaborate rituals & a clergy & a Pope
    it seems that the gods played a rather large roll in the life of early Rome
    and this sort of thing goes on to the end of the Roman Empire
    and the Roman Catholic Church carries this on today
    but with much less influence than before

    but one thing is certain
    any god who failed to deliver an answer to prayer
    was soon replaced by gods that did

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