No matter which moment in our history we choose to look at, we’re bound to see a society filled with blood and hatred. From Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, The Roman Empire, The Dark Ages and even modern times, we’ve done nothing but fight with and kill each other. And lest we forget, all of these war torn ages had a tyrannical government discretely promoting the misery of its people.
Some say the world we live in today is the most peaceful time in history, and maybe so, (Peace in the world is about perception) but that doesn’t mean people don’t get humiliated, beaten up, thrown into FEMA camps, injured or die every day. In a world where created domestic terrorists exist and threats abroad World War 3 and or martial law seem to be getting closer and closer, things can take a turn for the worse in a matter of days (ask those who struggled with Hurricane Katrina). What this means is, if we don’t prepare ourselves beforehand, we might not have time to react to and SHTF event.
Prepping and survival is gaining importance and we have proof. There are over 4 million active preppers in the U.S. alone. News about it is already spreading to the rest of the world. As more and more regions are affected by natural and PTB-made disasters, more and more concerned people are starting to follow this lifestyle.
Since life after Doomsday might be a lot like the life our ancestors used to live, let’s look back into history to see if we can learn some valuable lessons from it.
What better place to start than Egypt?
Though, as a kid, I was fascinated with Ancient Egypt, I never thought it would help me in any way. The reason we’re discussing this civilization here has less to do with the wars that took place back then and more to do with the geographical location.
Hot summers, mild winters and the Nile River are the three things which influenced survival in Ancient Egypt. Egyptians knew very well how to protect themselves from intense heat.
It’s the same way you should prepare your survival bags for a bug out: with light-colored, loose clothes. Their fabric of choice was linen, which is by far the best fabric to wear on cool, summer days.
Probably the most important thing pertaining to survival was the invention at around 2500 BC of the zeer pot, the first “refrigerator”, if you will. Hot temperatures and the abundance of water allowed them to come up this ingenious way to keep their fruits and vegetables fresh. The best part is, this is something you can easily do yourself.
All you need are two ceramic pots, one being a little smaller than the other, some sand (to fill the space between them) and water in the sand until it’s saturated. Cover it with a wet cloth and place the whole thing in a dry place away from the sun. The “evaporative cooling” process works its magic: the water evaporates, reducing the temperature inside the pots.
Now, you’re probably curious about some of the natural disasters Egyptians had to face. Drought was one of them, although the river Nile would flood once a year and allow the people to grow things such as wheat, grain, barley and figs.
Sandstorms were another constant issue, which still happen every year. Most of them leave no victims but there was one in 1997 that killed 12 people and caused numerous car accidents. For protection, cover your nose and mouth, wear goggles to shield your eyes, and go to high ground. Keep as much of your body covered as you can to protect from large objects the storm may carry with it.
Always Safe, Always Prepared
Credit: Frank M.
How to Make a Zeer Pot
Thanks To Corporal Kelly of Corporal’s Corner– Youtube (USMC)