2. Breaking the pot:
If someone whose presence is unwelcome and has just left the place, it is very common to hear the expression, “Break a pot after him,” to stave off another visit.
This habit or expression is related to a Pharaonic belief in which a pot was broken to prevent the soul from returning back to some person’s deceased body.
Usually, this broken pot can be found in many tombs of ancient Egyptians.
In Ancient Egypt, people used to provide offerings to the poor as a way to seek mercy for someone’s deceased soul.
If the deceased was rich, the offerings were provided on a daily basis. If poor, the offerings were provided only on feasts and special occasions.
Until this moment, offerings to seek mercy for someone’s deceased soul are still provided, especially in Upper Egypt. It is just known as “Rahma” or mercy.
The most common offerings are food, especially baked ones, which are made with the same way and ingredients of thousands of years ago.
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