Ancient Egypt

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Ancient Egypt is a fascinating ancient civilization. The Egyptian culture was heavily polytheistic with a complex view of the afterlife, which was evident in their architecture and communication. Even today as ancient Egypt melts together with modern Egypt. The pull of their ancient cities is still seen in Cairo and Alexandia. The highly developed belief of polytheism in the Egyptian culture was made up of many gods. This belief is the base to the Egyptian culture and life. In the Egyptian polytheistic culture the gods took on form and characteristics of objects found in nature. The Egyptian god Ra is considered the father of gods and was the most important and worshiped god. When the Egyptians think of the figure that Ra looks like it is normally a body of a human with the head of a falcon. The symbolism of Ra represents order and truth. Ra signifies the cycle of birth, life, and death, in Egyptian mythology. This is why he is known as the father of creation. When Egyptians use a symbol for Ra the most common is the sun. The sun was the most important thing in Egyptian life and represented the following: light, warmth, and growth. When Ra is drawn in Egyptian art he is normally seen as a man with pharaoh’s crown and a sun disk above the crown. Ra does not dwell on earth like the other Egyptian gods. The Egyptians believe that he watches his children and kingdom from the sky. At the sunrise of each day Ra is called Khepri; at midday he becomes a falcon-headed man, and at sunset he becomes an elder called Atum. Great change came to Ra over the course of ancient Egyptian culture. During dynastic times he blended with Horus, the son of Osiris god of the underworld, and became Ra-Horakhty, at that time he became creator of th... ... middle of paper ... ...d that they were in. Egyptians have many rituals for their afterlife, preparing for their afterlife their entire life. Communication was not highly advanced in ancient Egypt but advanced in their writing. Bibliography 1. "How Egyptian Papyrus Paper Is Made." Egyptian Papyrus - Cyperus Plant - What Is Papyrus. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . 2. “Story." Introduction. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2011. http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/writing/rosetta.html 3. Polytheism. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2011. . 4. Mertz, Barbra G. Encyclopedia Americana: Egypt. USA; Goler incorporated, 1996. 5. Fullman, Joe. One Million Things About History. Heyworth- Dunne, Victoria. New York: New York DK Publishing, 2011. 6. Ferris, Julie. The History Book. New York: New York: DK Publishing, 2008.

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