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Egypt

Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt (Arabic: جمهورية مصر العربية), is a country in North Africa. Its population is over 80 million, making it the 15th most populated country in the world. Its official language is Arabic. Its capital and largest city is Cairo. Egypt is made up of mostly sparsely inhabited desert land, and about half of the population live in urban areas like the densely populated cities of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities along the Nile River. Egypt has significant cultural, political and military influence in the region and within the Muslim world.

The history of Egypt can be traced back to the civilization of Ancient Egypt, dating back to around 3,000 BC. Monuments like the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and others, were constructed by the ancient Egyptians, and are major attractions for tourists and archaeologists. Following the decline in the power of the Egyptian pharaohs, Egypt was conquered and occupied by many from the 300s BC to the early 19th century, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans, French and British. Modern Egypt emerged around the 19th and 20th centuries, which saw Egypt becoming a full Islamic state. It is now governed by a semi-presidential republic, with the President as the head of state and the Prime Minister as the head of government.

Spanking in EgyptEdit

 
Worker being punished, from the tomb of Menna.
 
Egyptian school for children, with bastinado punishment, 1802.

Ancient Egypt was one of the world's first civilizations and it is not surprising that it was also a culture in which corporal punishment was common. Imagery of that is preserved in places like Beni Hasan.

It can be assumed that if adults were subject to corporal punishment in those days, so were children in the home, at school and at work, albeit in milder forms. However, not much is known about that.

The scourge, or flail, and the crook, are the two symbols of power and domination depicted in the hands of Osiris in Egyptian monuments. They are the unchanging form of the instrument throughout the ages; though, the flail depicted in Egyptian mythology was an agricultural instrument used to thresh wheat, and not for corporal punishment.

 
"Bastinado in Egypt", 1885.

Egypt used judicial corporal punishment and prison corporal punishment until recently. Adult men in Egyptian prisons were chastised with a whip which had a cord on a cudgel branching into seven tails, each with six knots, a variant of the cat o' nine tails. Boys in Egyptian prisons were subject to corporal punishment too, but they were not whipped but caned. Women and girls were not subject to judicial or prison corporal punishment in modernity, only males. There was also the punishment of bastinado (beating of the soles of the feet).

In the old days, bastinado was also a common form of school corporal punishment in Egypt. It is no longer practiced today. Parents may still legally use non-abusive corporal punishment on their children.

Egyptian spanking artistsEdit

The artists of Ancient Egypt are anonymous. There are no contemporary Egyptian spanking artists known so far.

See alsoEdit

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