I don’t doubt Jen – she’s an Egyptologist, after all – but.
Egypt.Extremely hot. Pig fat (lard). Melts easily. Spoils quickly. The word “rancid” was coined for just this state. (Animal fat+heat+ runny decomposing stinking mess).
Was there some cunning and extremely wise way the Ancient Gyps prevented the stuff going off and stinking when they used it as hair conditioner? Any perfumes or rare unguents mixed into it?
I mean, the ancient British used urine as a hair bleach, but we had the excuse of being barbarians…
November 06, 2015