Media reported that the discovery of lion mummies in an ancient tomb is only the second time in modern history. It is reported that the tomb is located 500 km south of Sakala, Egypt, near Luxor, the big cemetery of Bubasteion found. It was the second major announcement by Egypt’s antiquities ministry in the area, the first of which was at the nearby Assasif Cemetery, where 30 coffins with human remains were found.
The Supreme Council of Antiquities announced that the lion was part of a collection discovered by staff at the Bubasteion Cemetery at the end of 2019. The Commission considered that the lion mummies were from the 26th Dynasty of Egypt (664-525 BC). Although they are rare, they are not entirely unique.
It’s no surprise to find cats in a cat-filled grave in Bubasteion Cemetery, a cat-filled grave. As early as 2004, the first lion mummy was discovered and published a related paper entitled “A lion in the Egyptian tomb of Ma’a”. “This important discovery was made at the site of BaBastet, a cat goddess, which confirmed that the lion was a sacred animal in the late and Greek periods,” the paper wrote at the time. “
Above you will see a statue of Bastet, which was originally found in Bubasteion. The Bastet statue is said to symbolize fertility. The map on the edge shows Bubasteion’s location in Egypt.
In addition to the five lion cubs mummies, the cemetery has recently found wooden carvings, bronze statues and other animals such as crocodiles, cobras and other mummies.
For the latest findings, Egyptian paleontologist Cooni Lord, from the Animal Mummification Research Project at the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum, says it remains a mystery why a large number of lion mummies have not been found. According to it, the ancient Egyptians had the perfect ability to make mummies of this type of creature. Instead, Lord argues that the lack of a strong link between lions and “specific gods and cults” may be the reason for the low number of mummies. He added that the lions may have been linked to the little-known cat goddesses Bastet and Sekhmet. It is reported that both goddesses have human bodies and cat heads.