Essay on Burial Rituals Of The Egyptian Pharaohs

1045 Words Apr 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Burial practices in the Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings was the hidden burial ground of many Ancient Egyptians pharaohs who remain undisturbed in their afterlife for thousands of years. From the detailed examination of the archaeological remains of the Valley of the Kings, it can be revealed that archaeological evidence had several symbolic meanings to the pharaohs as it showcases Egyptian beliefs, revealed how materialistic pharaohs were in life and death and the significance of sacred burial rituals of the Egyptian pharaohs. Thutmose I was the first of the Egyptian pharaoh’s to eschew the traditional pyramid for his burial and instead had his tomb constructed in what is now known as the Valley of the Kings. Valley of Kings: Tombs, facts and location (2016) stated on their history website that Thutmose I was primarily motivated to change his method of burial. In order to avoid having his tomb desecrated by thieves; this decision would set a precedent that many of his successors would follow. Explicitly, the afterlife of the Pharaoh was highly significant; the possessions he was buried with would journey with him, thus having them stolen was inconvenient to pharaoh’s afterlife and having his tomb desecrated by thieves was sacrilegious. The choice to create a new burial ground represents the importance of the afterlife, and possessions to the pharaoh. This exemplifies how Thutmose I embodied a powerful leader who started a massive construction to help him…

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