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Despite the fact that he was a very important figure to Egyptians, he had few templ... ... middle of paper ... ...ts that the gods should "give the office of Osiris to his son Horus," she declared, "and do not act wickedly, else I become angry, and send heaven crashing to the ground." He was granted rule over both Upper and Lower Egypt, even though his father only ruled Upper Egypt. To mark the event, Horus gave Osiris the eye he had lost and wore a serpent on his head as his second eye. Thereafter, the pharaohs of Egypt wore the serpent on their crown as a symbol of royal authority. BIBLIOGRAPHY Cotterell, Arthur THE MACMILLAN ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS.
He selected one God, Aten, and it was this deity that was the center of attention during Amenhotep’s reign. Amenhotep IV, who would later take the name Akhenaten, would lead a controversial reign which would result in failure. He would eventually be deemed the “heretic king” (Assmann 149), but what was it that earned him this title? Was Amenhotep IV truly a “heretic king?” What manner of man was Aten’s ‘first prophet’? Because of his religious reforms, Akhenaten has for long struck a chord in today’s predominantly monotheistic world, and the fact that pharaoh’s revolution ultimately failed has seemed only to confirm his role as an early revealer of religious truth- a power for good.
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Last but not least, the Ptolemaic Period. In this period, Ptolemy 1 Soter –one of Alexander the Great’s most trusted generals- invented a new cult of Serapis. This cult spread in the Hellenistic world and Alexandria, but Ancient Egyptian Gods were still worshiped in the rest of the country. (3) The ancient Egyptians had a set of burial customs, which they believed were required to guarantee an everlasting life after their death. These customs and rules included mummification, casting of magic spells, and burial with certain goods.
As historian Paul Johnson said, “In the Egypt of antiquity, State, religion and culture formed an indisputable unity.” The one-of-a-kind theocratic religious government, along with other views of the people of Egypt can be presumed to be the cause of the daily behavior of the Egyptians, as well as the continuous development of the civilization- leading it to be such an important part in the ancient world. The life of an Egyptian, from birth to death, was centered around their religion; whether it was belief in their many polytheistic gods, worship of the pharaoh, or struggle to have a spot in the afterlife. The Egyptian people worshiped their pharaohs equivalently as a god; he or she was considered to possess ‘maat’, which stood for divine order and morality, and was also in charge of dispensing this peace. In order for the god-king to ascend to the throne, he must claim to be the son of the King of the Gods, Ra, rather than the son of a previous king. The pharaoh was looked up to by all members of society in the event of sacrifices, connections/prayers to the gods, and guidance for a moral, s... ... middle of paper ... ...and allow themselves to expand.
Ancient Religions By: MLB As civilization has progressed through the ages, many religions have arisen and taken hold around the world, two if the most interesting, being the religious beliefs of the ancient Mesopotamian and the Greeks. These two religions were practiced in different areas and at different times and, therefore, show that religion has played a critical role in every society and civilization. No matter how it is organized or what type of god is worshiped, a society would be nothing without some kind of deity to organize it. In comparing the religious beliefs of the Mesopotamian and the Ancient Greeks religious components highlighted including the style of worship, the temples or places of worship, and the nature of the god or gods. Both ancient religions had various ideas how to worship their god or gods.
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