Why Was the Scarab Beetle a Sacred Symbol of Creation In Ancient Egyptian Mythology?

Egyptians were fascinated by the scarab beetle, which rolled together a small ball of dung.

The next morning, as if by magic, baby beetles were born out of the ball.

Actually, the beetle had laid eggs.

The scarab beetle became a sacred symbol of creation to the Egyptians, and in some myths, the sun was reborn as Khepry, the scarab beetle.

Scarabs beetles are stout-bodied beetles with bright metallic colors, and have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae.

Many species have broad front legs and adapted for digging.

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