Make a list of some of the practices that kept the ancient Egyptians healthy. Explain how each practice was a result of ideas about lifestyle, and not the result of ideas about health. For example:
- The ancient Egyptians used baths and toilets, and took care over personal cleanliness and appearance (including eye make-up). However, this was probably more motivated by the desire to keep up appearances for social reasons than for reasons of health and hygiene.
- The ancient Egyptians used mosquito nets. However, this was perhaps simply so that mosquitoes wouldn't bite them, not to prevent malaria.
- Egyptian priests kept themselves and the objects they used in their religious rituals scrupulously clean. However, this was for religious reasons - again not for reasons of health.
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