Ancient Egyptian Afterlife Beliefs

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Ancient Egyptians strongly believed in an afterlife, and this belief is expressed through their art as well as their burial rituals. It was their belief that in life each person’s body possessed a ‘ka,’ or a soul, which needed a place to dwell after death. This is the reason for mummification, to preserve the body after death, so the ‘ka’ could have a place to live. Furthermore, the Egyptians believed that they would need certain things in the afterlife, such as food or even slaves; therefore they left many painting of such items and buried them with their dead. Ammit, which literally translates into the “devourer,” is one of the deities of ancient Egypt This goddess was not typically worshipped, although her image was considered

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