In case you have missed it —- the BBC announced a few days ago that a Japanese team of archeologist discovered the tomb of the Head Brewer who served an ancient court more than 3000 years ago. The wall paintings in the tomb are well-preserved and show daily life as well as religious rituals.
In Ancient Egypt beer played an important part in daily life. It was consumed by adults, children, wealthy Egyptians, and even Pharaohs. Beer was used as offerings to the Gods. Beer was used to pay wages, and in the village at Giza the workman received three rations a day as part of their pay — there was even a goddess of beer, her name was Tjenenet
Loving beer as much as I do, I think it is only right to worship Tjenenet – yes, I drank Egyptian beer while I was visiting – it tasted sweet with a malty flavor to it, and it was always warm, I mean not chilled. It took me some time to get used to drinking warm beer – you see in Germany, where I come from, nobody would touch a warm beer – but after drinking a few……. I forgot that in some countries beer is not cold.
The Tomb is located on the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor. It will be a while before it will be open to the public, but if on my next visit I can see these magnificent wall paintings depicting the life of a man who was in charge of making beer, I won’t mind drinking it warm.
More from Egypt soon