November 16, 2005
The Hood River Middle School sixth-graders got a taste of the ancient Egyptian way of life last week with the annual Egyptian Feast, which capped off the quarter-long study module.
The event kicked off in the multi-purpose room with activities such as costume judging, “Egyptian Jeopardy” game, displays of class projects, Senet games, and a mummy wrap.
“It’s kind of like checkers, except you can’t jump,” explained Axel Cox, as he and Dylan Hulme tried playing a game of Senet. Pretty soon it was time to rotate to another station, where they would play Egyptian Jeopardy or try their hand at hieroglyphic mural deciphering.
Perhaps the most enthusiastic participation came with the mummy wrap: The students were divided into groups of five, then each group was given three rolls of toilet paper and instructed to mummy-wrap the smallest person in the group as fast as they could, leaving no skin uncovered. When they were finished, the wrappers were to sit down and the mummy would stay standing.
When all mummies were finished, the kids were allowed to rip the mummy wrap off as fast as they could. Fun stuff.
As in years past, the students were divided into social categories, such as pharaoh and family, nobles and priests, craftsmen, scribes and merchants, and farmers and slaves. When it came to the feast, the pharaohs were seated first, at the best tables, and given fancier “goblets” with sparkling apple cider instead of apple juice.
This year, at least the lower classes were able to sit at tables – in past years they have been relegated to the floor. But rich or poor, noble or common, everyone ate from the same spread of food, which included pita bread, Armenian flatbread, tzatziki, falafel, white cheese, green and black olives, apples with honey, grapes, dried dates and figs, pomegranate and coconut squares.