Religion in Ancient Egypt

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The Philosophical views about life and the afterlife of ancient Egypt overwhelmingly dominated all aspects of life in Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians had really complex beliefs about life after death. Death was not considered to be the end of one’s life, rather it was considered to be a necessary process that one has to go through in order to enter a dimension of complete bliss and eternity. The ancient Egyptians believed half a person’s life was spent on Earth, while the other in the afterlife. However this was dependent on the way the individual lived their life. The Egyptians have their own criteria for judgment according to which each individual will be judged and awarded his destination in the afterlife. First, the afterlife was known by many different terms such as "Field of Offerings" and "Rushes". The Egyptians spent their life preparing for life after death. According to the ancient mythology all individuals would enter the underworld, which was a terrifying dimension which every individual dreaded. The underworld had its own tests which the individual had to overcome in order to proceed to the blissful afterlife. Second, religion played an important role in all aspects of life for the Egyptians. Their religion was polytheistic in nature and had many different deities that were assigned different responsibilities and domains of creation. The gods were classified into different categories. Amongst them were gods that solely governed the underworld. Egyptian priests developed many myths and legends concerning life after death and it were these stories that dominated the Egyptian afterlife beliefs. Third, according to ancient Egyptian beliefs the soul was a perishable entity which meant that it was at great risk at all times. This is why the Egyptians had elaborate burial rituals the purpose of which was to ensure the preservation of the dead bodies and the

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