Hieroglyphic Word Cards
72 Words in Egyptian Hieroglyphics to figure out
The Hieroglyphic writing system of the Egyptians was meant to be obscure. Only Egyptian priests were supposed to be able to read it. But there are words that have enough clues to its meaning that it's possible for anyone to read them!
This is a deck of 72 cards with Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics on one side, and on the other side is the meaning of the word and the possible pronunciation (the exact pronunciation is unknown because they didn't write the vowels.)
One person holds up a card and pronounces it while everybody else tries to figure out the meaning of the word from clues in the glyph. The winner is the one who first correctly identifies the most words.
I used to make up games with alphabets of other languages, hand-written on index cards. One of them was hieroglyphics.
Last September I took those cards, and re-did them on the computer, and went back to the reference books I had used and added some more words and discarded a few. After almost 4 months, I finally finished it!
These are some reference books on Egyptian language that were used in preparing these cards:
- An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary vol. 1 and 2, by Sir E.A.Wallis Budge
- Egyptian Language by Sir E.A.Wallis Budge
- Fascinating Hieroglyphics by Christian Jacq
Download Game Rules (pdf)