Friday, July 13, 2007

"Hatshepsut was a fatty"

That's the scientific opinion of Egyptologist and paleopathologist Bob Brier, "one of the world's foremost experts on mummies."

The article doesn't show a photo of him, but I wonder if he's a Greek god himself, or if he sports a paunch?

The appearance of women - and men - of antiquity can't be judged by modern day standards. Japanese men had a bald fetish, for example (ever see paintings of samurai?) and Japanese women deliberately blacked their teeth. Then there's sumo wrestlers!

Being overweight in Egypt during the time of the pharoahs may well have been a sign of riches and opulence, for all that their monuments show them as slender.

Hathshepsut's Mummy reveals obesity

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