Sweetness and Death

Perhaps honey was considered unpleasant for the dead because, although it could stave off rot in a wound, and may have been used to preserve meat, it was unable to prevent a corpse from rotting. (Although a common legend asserts that the body of Alexander the Great was preserved in honey, there is no evidence for this practice.) Any concerns that the Egyptians may have had about honey and the dead in early times seem to have faded by the Third Intermediate Period, the time when pAmun was written. Nonetheless, the association of incense with honey may have underscored the belief that the god being served was alive.

– Katherine Eaton, Ancient Egyptian Temple Ritual


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