Ancient Egypt Religion

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In history, there is no other culture as profound and fascinating as Egyptian culture. The political, social, and religious customs of Egypt has helped shape and guide its sovereignty over the years, allowing it to thrive as one of the most powerful civilizations to ever exist. Sustained by the Nile and protected by desert borders, Egypt was able to flourish unhindered over three principal periods: the New Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the Old Kingdom. Although present historians have identified the existence of the Predynastic Period, the Old Kingdom is considered the beginning of Egypt’s civilization; it was period that raned from the Third Dynasty to the Sixth Dynasty (Shaw 37). Religion was the prevailing social force in ancient Egypt…show more content…
The religion was centered on the interaction between the Egyptians and other deities who were believed to be in control of nature. The myths surrounding the gods explained the origin and behavior of forces that they epitomized. The practices represented efforts to offer to their gods with the aim of gaining their favor (Lichtheim 89). (THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE) Religious practice in the region were basically centered on the Pharaoh. For the Egyptians, the Pharaohs were human but were believed to be descendants of the gods. They served as intermediates between the Egyptian and the gods with their primary role being to sustain the gods through rituals and offerings. The idea was to beg the gods to maintain order in the world. Thus, the government allocated enough resources to cater for the rituals and construction of the temples, where Pharaohs performed the rituals. Over the years, changing occurred regarding the religious belief of people depending o the rise or decline of a god. Some gods were pre-eminent over others, such as the sun god Ra, goddess Isis, and creator god Amun (Lichtheim

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