The ancient Egyptians cultivated the white
lotus in ponds and marshes. This flower often appears in
ancient Egyptian decorations. They believed that the
lotus flower gave them strength and power; remains of
the flower have been found in the burial tomb of
Ramesses II. The number 1,000 in ancient Egyptian
numerals is represented by the symbol of the white
lotus. The ancient Egyptians also extracted perfume from
this flower. They also used the white lotus in funerary
garlands, temple offerings and female adornment. The
white lotus might have been one of the plants eaten by
the Lotophagi of Homer's Odyssey.
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