Friday, December 30, 2005

Ancient Egyptians Held Dwarves in High Esteem

"There were several elite dwarves, who worked for the pharaohs and had lavish burials," Kozma told LiveScience. One dwarf, named Seneb, was one such "elite." Praise and honor (were) heaped upon an army general Harkhufm, when he returned from an African expedition with ..... a pygmy who performed exotic dances.

Ancient Egyptians worshipped several dwarf gods. Ptah, a deity ..... was also worshipped as the creator of the universe, was sometimes portrayed as a dwarf. Another god, Bes, was associated with ..... childbirth. "Women during birth would shout to [Bes] to help them with delivery," Kozma said.

In addition to dwarfism, the ancient Egyptians were tolerant of other genetic and medical disorders, Kozma said. The tomb of Tutankhamun, for example, contained a funeral gift depicting a female dwarf who also had bowed legs and clubbed feet.

Because we are all just terrorists at heart .....

"Google Founders Help Finance Indie Film." The Internet moguls are the executive producers of "Broken Arrows," the story of a man who loses his pregnant wife in a terrorist attack and then takes a job as a hit man.


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