The Egyptian scarab amulet represents immortality and the belief in reincarnation. The scarab symbolizes the dung-beetle. The dung-beetle was revered in by the Egyptians for its actions rolling dung balls across the earth. Egyptians believed the beetle's laborious activity emulated the rotation of the sun, thus awarding the scarab "God Status." Egyptians wore scarab amulets to protect them from death. Scarabs were also included in their burials to insure a safe journey into the afterlife.
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Reference: Body Guards: Protective Amulets and Charms, Desmond Morris
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