Illustrated Bible History

Ancient Egyptian Customs - Salutation Customs

Egyptian Prostration Egyptian Prostration
Illustration showing the Egyptian prostration custom, which consists of begging for mercy, kissing the authority`s feet or hem of the garment and wetting them with tears. This kind of prostration before kings, venerated men or those in authority is often mentioned in the scriptures.
Bowing to Superior Bowing to Superior
As a salutation custom it was shown on Egyptian paintings that ancient Egyptians bows down to their superiors. This was done by dropping their arms to the ground and bowing or standing respectfully with the right hand resting on left shoulder.