Canadian reflexologist Gina Stewart is visiting Egypt right now. She shared the pictures below and some very interesting information, which I have woven into some details I know, about how the Egyptian culture has honored the feet and hands through the ages.
- Feet were always depicted in tombs.
- Early Egyptians would massage the entire body in an anointing ritual before the burial ceremony. The hands and feet were given special attention; they were massaged until very soft and supple in preparation to meet their Gods in the after life.
- Between 1550 and 1069 BC, finger and toe “stalls” were placed on the digits to protect toes and fingers during the funeral service and in the after life. Stalls were fashioned from gold, considered “the flesh of the Gods.”
- Ancient Egyptians wore golden sandals so as to connect with the earth’s energy.
- The Pharaoh and his wife wore a gold sandal on the opposite foot from their partner to represent the unification of man and woman in marriage.
- When seated on his throne, the Pharaoh positioned his feet on the footstool so that his enemies would be under his feet.
I find all of that fascinating – do you?