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The Taming of the Lions
Some slaves engaged by the privileged royalty
To tame a lion as we tamed dogs and cats.
Tamed lions were kept in temples for worship
When died mummified and kept as a solar symbol.
They’re feed on beef and lived in domed structures
With a space to roam in.
While eating the flesh of oxen, like Kings,
Had the privilege to hear a song in Egyptian lingo.
Tamed and kept as pets
But only by the royal persons
Considered to be blessed by Roman gods.
It is said of a great magician who could make
Lion walk behind him with its leash on the ground
Ramses’s tamed lioness went with him to battle
And was named “Slayer of his enemies”.
Many of the royalties like RamsesIII,
Tutankhmen and the first Pharaoh Aha
Kept lions as pet and power of strength.
In Phoenicia and Mesopotamia lions were worshipped
And held sacred and had the virtue
Never to harm anyone except when hungry.
Haile Sellasie called him “The Lion of Judah.
Dr. Ram Mehta
Contest: Ancient Egypt by Isaiah