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Human Sacrifice was a practice that appears to have been carried out during the First Dynasty

It is thought portrayed during the reign of Hor-Aha depicted on a label from Abydos which has been associated with the fashioning of the imi-wt fetish. A kneeling figure is shown, with a figure of authority behind him. A prisoner is in front of the kneeling figure, a knife being plunged into him while his hands are tied. A bowl is between them to collect the blood[1].

Djer Human Sacrifice

Djer Year Label

Another depiction has also been found on a Year Label from Saqqara dating to the reign of Djer which also shows the ritual of Human Sacrifice[2], this would make sense considering the amount of satellite burials placed in his funerary complex .


  1. Wilkinson, T, A, H. (2001) Early Dynastic Egypt London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-26011-6.
  2. Clayton, P.A (2001) Chronicles of the Pharaohs London: Thames & Hudson.