Ancient Egyptian Culture Essay

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Ancient EgyptEgyptians in the ancient times had a very different culture than today's society. In order to understand the culture of ancient Egypt, one must know about their religion, arts, and language. In the ancient times, the people of Egypt believed in many different things that would bewilder most people. Their artists were some of the best ever to live. And their language is still not completely comprehended."The religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians were the dominating influence in the development of their culture." The religion consisted of many gods and goddesses, and they believed in life after death. To understand the religion, one should know about the gods and the afterlife.Ancient Egyptians believed there were many Gods and Goddesses that controlled their life and everything around them. Each city in Egypt worshiped the own deity, or god, as well as all the other deities. Many deities were thought of to have human bodies and animal heads. The temples of the ancient Egyptians were regarded as the home of a deity or it was dedicated to a dead king. Egyptians prayed at home most of the time because the temple did not offer regular services. The main god was the sun god Re. They relied upon him for good harvest. Amon, the sun god of Thebes, was recognized with Re and they renamed Re --Amon-Re. Their most important goddess was Isis who represented the faithful mother and wife. Osiris, Isis' husband and brother, was the ruler of vegetation and the dead. The god of the sky, Horus, was the son of Isis and Osiris. People called him the lord of heaven and pictured him with the head of a falcon. The gods played a significant role in the afterlife.During life the Egyptians prepared for the afterlife. Although they believed the afterlife was pleasant, death was still feared, and thought of as a tragedy. The funeral rituals were different for every person depending on their social status. Once dead the person is a member of what is called the "akh-akh." They embalm and bury the body to allow the soul to reenter. The Ka, or soul, cannot exist without the body. To keep the body from decaying, they used mummification. This was considered to be the process of the corpse being made into a new body, which was "filled with magic." The resurrected and glorified form of the dead man is referred to as "Akh." The Akh is free to roam wherever he chooses. He spends all eternity doing whatever he pleases.Their artistic talents were well above a normal level. "The message of the work of art had to be clear, everyone from scribes to peasants had to understand at first glance that the great image of the pharaoh was a sign of his limitless power." Their pottery and sculptures are two of the many great forms of art. Just witnessing the beauty of their art is a wonderful experience.Pottery was used for burial purposes. They used pottery to put parts of the body in that they removed before embalming. The stomach, heart, lungs, and liver were held in four...

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