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Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep

The New York Times reported the other day on the Egyptian tomb of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep, two men who shared a tomb, something extremely rare.

“And it was most unusual for a couple of the same sex to be depicted locked in an embrace. In other scenes, they are also shown holding hands and nose-kissing, the favored form of kissing in ancient Egypt. What were scholars to make of their intimate relationship?”

There are three explanations. According to theorists they were either twins, conjoined twins, or gay lovers. Um we’ll choose number three thank you very much. For obvious reasons.

We’re all for breaking down stereotypes, but sometimes they exist for a reason. Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep were manicurists. Yes, manicurists. And we all know what that means, honey.

A Mystery, Locked in Timeless Embrace [NY Times]