Religion In Ancient Egyptian Life

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Religion in Ancient Egypt guided almost every single aspect of Egyptian life. Egyptian religion was base on the combination of practice and beliefs, which included mythology, spiritualism, science and magic. Egyptians believed that life on Earth it is just a beginning of eternal journey. In order to continue the journey after death, human needed to live a life that worth to be continued. If a soul deserves a life after death, it will reach the afterlife. In order to do it, the human soul has to pass through a lot of difficulties and judgments. Egyptian civilisation created a guidebook called The Book of the Dead that provided guidelines such as hymns, spells and prayers to God that need to be spoken to enable the deceased to reach the afterlife. …show more content…
Throughout the Egyptian history, all the rulers tried to leave a great mark in the history by building the most famous tombs that still stand today. The huge amount of labor was used to build Egyptian Pyramids, sometimes it could take a decade to build one. These acts prove that rulers were trying to ensure their successful afterlife not only by the way they ruled but also by worshiping Gods by building such a great tombs. Spells from the Book of the Dead originated from the walls of Pyramids and some of the spells date back to the third Dynasty to the King’s Unis Pyramid. Approximately four hundred years later, in the Middle kingdom period, Pyramids text evolved into Coffins Texts which were paint on the coffins, walls or papyrus. The first evidence of the spells from Coffins dates back to the Queen Mentuhotep royal tomb.
Egyptian believed that when pharaohs died, they would be resurrected in body and spirit by the power of Osiris and the spirit would live forever in the presence of the greatness of the One God in all his different forms. This belief is based on Osiris myth which is the most important myth for The Book of the Dead because this myth is an introduction and the first spell of
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The Book of the Dead got its famous title from a German scholar Carl Richard Lepsius, who were the first ones to publish some of the funerary texts. The book of coming forth by day is more proper name for the funerary texts because the main goal of the book was to give the soul with fore-knowledge of what would be expected at every stage of the soul’s journey to the afterlife. The end of life was a start of the challenging journey and the book of the Dead was an essential piece in it. “Having the book of the dead in the deceased tomb would be equivalent to a modern student having a book with all the test answers that they would ever need.” The book of the dead contained a detailed description of every step to ensure successful path through the

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