Decoding the Differently-Abled in Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians have a great history of achievements and successes: how they conquered the world, and succeeded in many fields, like agriculture, architecture, and medicine. Not only have they proved themselves in professional fields, but they also followed a well-planned hierarchy that guaranteed civil rights for all human beings, creating an integrated community for society, despite their differences. They managed to create a suitable environment for the differently-abled.


Visually Impaired Playing Music:

The visually-impaired had a great sense of hearing. That’s why they were hired in musical bands, either to sing or to play instruments such as the harp or flute.


Wheelchair Users:

As ironic as it sounds, the differently-abled were more respected in Ancient Egypt, in comparison to Egypt nowadays. Quoting a wheelchair tourist, who visited the Pyramids, “Although the differently-abled have access to go inside the Pyramids, opened chambers and excavations are not wheelchair-accessible. For a wheelchair traveler, the views are limited to the outside of the pyramids,” says John Morris, from Wheelchair Travel, Accessible Travel Blog.



Little People:

Introducing little people in Ancient Egypt. They were specialized in crafts and shaping gold, because of the small size of their hands. Little people held high positions in the community, for example, hiring Khannum Hattab as the General Supervisor of Linen, which was a significant crop in Egypt at that time.

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