The Nile River In Ancient Egypt

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Although, the Nile is just a river in Africa, it was practically god-like to the Ancient Egyptians. Second to the pharaoh, the Nile controlled the life of the Egyptians. They depended on the Nile to survive as it gave them a fresh source of water, food, and fertile soil for farming. Beyond the Nile changing everything for one of the greatest civilizations just by being there, there are many interesting unknown facts about how it’s geography, climate, and animals, changed the Egyptians lifestyles. There are even many common myths and stories. One common myth or misconception is that during the time of the Hebrews the Nile River turned into blood, but in reality that did not happen. The Nile River was the most important feature in the Ancient Egyptians lifestyle.

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Most Egyptian cities lie on the banks of the river only because it was the one true source and Ancient Egyptians worshipped it. One of many minor things it did for the Ancient Egyptians was provided the farmers a source of drinking water and irrigation. The annual flooding was referred to as the "Arrival of Hapi" and was celebrated with great festivals and river processions to Hapi, the river god. The annual flooding was of such importance that the Egyptians of Lower and Upper Egypt based their lives around its yearly cycle: Akhet was the time of the flood (June - September), Peret was the sowing time (October - January), and Shemu was the harvest time (February - May). The Nile Valley in the south of Egypt is home to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the magnificent temples dedicated to the gods of the ancient Egyptians. The Nile River was also believed to be the bridge to the afterlife. East was a place of new beginnings (heaven) while the west was considered the place of death (hell) . The belief that west represented death

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