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Did ancient Egyptians worship scarab beetles?
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  1. Thanks to sharp protrusions on a scarab's head that mimic the sun's rays, ancient Egyptians linked the scarab to their sun god, Khepera. The beetle's habit of burying itself in the ground, only to reemerge later, caused the Egyptians to adopt the scarab as a symbol of immortality and resurrection. Scarab amulets were commonly placed on mummies. Egyptians also believed that scarabs could keep away evil, and they used a scarab motif for carving charms and document seals made of metal or stone.

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