Interesting facts about Ancient Egypt medzhayah
Medzhai today known for the blockbuster "The Mummy" starring Brendan Fraser and the last game of the franchise Assassin's Creed. And although in recent years, interest in Ancient Egypt is growing, we know about this little civilization. In the trilogy, "The Mummy" states that medzhai still exist today and represent an elite group of warriors, which transmits their skills from generation to generation, to protect the hidden treasures of the dead pharaohs. We have collected the real facts about these fearless warriors.
1. Ethnic group
For many years medzhai we developed very rapidly, becoming the first major mercenaries of ancient Egypt, and then sort by the police of the Egyptian state. Over time, their origin has been very unclear. However, medzhai were originally an ethnic group that lived in Eastern Sudan and has been associated with the ancient Nubians. Medzhai were widely known for their military skills and successful capture of new territories. Other states around them, such as the Cushites feared fighting skills medzhaev.
While medzhaev often used as mercenaries. Although originally they were just shepherds with good combat skills, in the end, this ethnic group has evolved into something quite different. Over the years medzhaev hired Romans, Cushites and the Egyptians, their skills were overgrown with legends and eventually began to perceive as a certain organization. This organization became the basis of the elite fighting forces of the Egyptians - that was one of the earliest examples of the conquered nation has turned into something useful instead of being destroyed.
2. paramilitary police force
Medzhai were originally more than just an ethnic group, nationality they were, but over time this has changed since the ancient Egyptians saw the potential to use medzhaev as elite "police." First medzhai specialize in helping Egyptians in military operations, but also takes a lot of job vacancies in the ancient Egyptian society. However, over time their battles skills have become more respected, and their role has become more specialized. Over time, the role of the representatives of this nation have changed so much that, because of their fighting abilities of medzhaev began to form security forces in Egypt. Although they are mainly considered a special guard of the Pharaohs, medzhai were also very important for the everyday police work in the state. Some historians believe that many ethnic Egyptians joined medzhayam for many years, in the hope of achieving a certain status and respect, which had themselves Madge.
Even today, when the gun is the most popular and widespread in the world, archery can still provide a certain level of competition firearms in terms of lethality and quietness. But at a time when there were no modern advanced technology, people who skillfully handled the bow, can often decide the outcome of battles. For example, although many people tend to think of skating as the most popular weapon among the samurai, archery skills were considered much more important at the time.
In the ancient world bows it was simply the most powerful weapon, and medzhai were one of the most experienced archers and scouts. Although they were unarmed combat skills, excellent archery skills are likely to attract the attention of the Egyptian authorities, who have seen how useful can be medzhai as allies, not enemies.
4. "The Mummy"
Recently, the screens out the new movie "The Mummy" in an attempt to create another kinovselennuyu similar to those that have been created Marvel and DC. In this cinematic universe included the classic characters, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Wolfman, etc. But the studio came quite unexpectedly and made a film with Tom Cruise, instead of return of Brendan Fraser -.. A man who has always been face of the franchise, "The Mummy", and with which many people associate the film. Many people who saw the film might think that medzhai are fiction, but history shows that medzhai really guarded the tombs of the pharaohs, and any other areas that the Egyptian authorities considered it necessary to protect. However, there is no evidence that they had any knowledge of magic, and there is no reason to believe that they still work as custodians of today, as shown in the film.
5. The bronze axes and long spears
With regard to weapons and tactics, today do not know anything about that period when medzhai still were Nubians, and then a lot of things that used these warriors, was very similar to that used by the ancient Egyptian army whole. At a time when they were still Nubians living in their own land, and rise up against the ancient Egyptians, have medzhaev was copper, but there was no tin, which Egypt had never delivered them, fearing that the Nubians will make bronze weapons. Therefore, the Nuba fought with sharpened arrows and burned wooden heads, and in the melee, they sometimes used a mace or short spears tipped with copper.
After medzhai more integrated with the Egyptian army, there is some evidence that they have finally adopted a bronze long spears and bronze axes.
6. Proper burial practices
For many years, ever since medzhai become part of the Egyptian army, and not the people, their own methods of burial slowly disappeared and were replaced by more traditional methods of burial for Egypt. As we know today, the ancient Egyptians were very complex procedures, including body mummification, that it "properly preserved for the afterlife." The ancient Egyptians, death was not the end, but the beginning of a brand new "journey". However, while not medzhai began to disappear as a people, they have their own distinct traditions of burial. Historians and archaeologists have found that in areas in which once lived medzhai preserved graves, which undoubtedly belonged to elite soldiers. They are called "graves-pans" because of their unique shape: the burial were usually shallow and round, and by the look as pots, dug into the ground. They are often found ceramic bowls with red lids, as well as other items, such as cow's horns. Body usually wrapped in the skin before burial, and sometimes they were buried in strange positions.
Medzhai throughout history is quite different from each other. So today scientists have a number of problems associated with the study of this ethnic group. People called medzhayami probably were originally a group of Nubians from the land called Medzhai, which was part of Nubia. People, which the ancient Egyptians called medzhayami may not even have a single ethnic group, but could be partially stereotyped by the Egyptian authorities. When they really started fighting force, it is likely that the people living in the land of Medzhai assimilated with Egypt, when they saw that Nubia plays in a protracted conflict.
As mentioned earlier, it was not originally medzhai elite "police" and perform various menial jobs in the Egyptian society. Soon, their combat skills became evident, and they became the first group of special guards, and then took their "privileged" position of the army. Over time, many of those who were not medzhayami, would like to join this elite group, and this has led to what became known as medzhayami elite paramilitary force, rather than an ethnic group of people. At this point medzhai as an ethnic group almost disappeared from the face of the Earth.
8. Horses, dogs, monkeys
Today police around the world have all kinds of advanced technology, but not less than all of the dogs are common to help them. While some theorists suggest that the ancient Egyptians had advanced technology, even if it were so, their guards in full use of well-trained animals.
Medzhai when the Police used staffs as their primary weapon, but it is also often trained dogs and monkeys .... This is how trained monkeys were no less dangerous than dogs.
While the primary role of medzhaev was the guardians of treasures or tombs, they also had a more specialized role, which is assigned to only the most elite warriors. Most skilled and loyal soldiers medzhaev assigned personal bodyguards Pharaoh. This position is highly respected. In this case, there is evidence that in spite of the complete integration and assimilation, the ancient Egyptian authorities never fully trusted medzhayam no real power.
Before medzhai were completely assimilated, vicars and priests, as a rule, administered exclusively indigenous Egyptians. This shows that although the ancient Egyptians believed in the fighting skills of their enemies-minded, they are always afraid that medzhai can rise up against them, and therefore do not trust soldiers managerial positions.
10. "Assassin's Creed"
"Assassin's Creed" - a very famous franchise that originally won the game world with their totally unique gameplay. Main story idea a series of games "Assassin's Creed" - is essentially a historical fiction regarding the conspiracy of the Knights Templar and the Assassins (it is worth noting a surprisingly realistic and believable). The plot is the last game "Assassin's Creed", Origins, revolves around Bayeka - Madge, which helps to form the Brotherhood of Assassins. In this storyline medzhaev symbol - is the Eye of Terror, and, although it sounds very "cool", there is no historical evidence that speak of any specific symbol of the elite warriors of ancient Egypt.