Here is one of the nicer ones: Prescription to make a woman cease to become pregnant for one, two or three years: Grind together finely a measure of acacia dates with some honey.
Moisten seed-wool with the mixture and insert it in the vagina.
-- Ebers Medical Papyrus From the close family relationships in Egyptian mythology and the fact that Egyptians seemed to have no taboo against incest, many have concluded that incest was rife in ancient Egypt.
There were probably some brother and sister marriages, but more likely than not, the siblings in question would have been half-brothers and half-sisters.
Where her twin sister Nephthys was barren, Isis was fertile.
In the Egyptian community, men had to prove their masculinity by fathering children, while the women had to be able to bear these sons and daughters.
But there were some advice to parents, written by scribes: Do not prefer one of your children above the others; after all, you never know which one of them will be kind to you. Women got the worst punishment for adultery - a man might just be forced into a divorce, but a woman could conceivably be killed for that crime.
In the Tale of Two Brothers, the adulterous wife was found out, murdered and her body was thrown to the dogs.
A woman who had children was seen to be more fortunate than ones without.
Taking after Isis, the mother goddess of Horus, Egyptian women strove to be intelligent, wise, mystical and mothers.
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