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December 31 2012

Temple slavery in Ancient Egypt


In the University of Copenhagenís Papyrus Carlsberg Collection there are more than 100 papyri dedications to the god, Soknebtunis.

These documents are legal contracts that place the supplicant under the authority of the named god, and prevent any power, human or otherwise, from commanding them. In legal terms the supplicants volunteer themselves as slaves to the temple.

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