Ancient Egyptian Gods Essay

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The ancient Egyptians believe in over 2,000 different gods. Their are many interesting things about them, like their family tree, discovery, and historical theories, and the roles of the gods. These gods where their way of explaining nature and existence. Each god was guardian to at least one of the aspects of nature and human society. Certain gods are related. Pictures show their mysterious nature and were recognized by people as to who they most represented.

Historians agree that Ancient Egyptian mythology dates back to 3200 BC, around the time of the first dynasty. Some evidence of hieroglyphic script has been found even earlier, in the protodynastic period. Showing the origin of their religious beliefs. They were polytheistic, meaning
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Ra was the sun god and created all forms of life by speaking their secret names, Shu ruled the wind and air, Tefnut controlled the rain. When Geb laughed there were earthquakes. Nut handled the sky, Osiris watched over the pharoah 's, Isis was Osiris 's queen and represented Mother Nature. Set influenced chaos, Nephthys is known as the lady of heaven. The pharoah represented a living Horus, Anubis, and Anput were over funerals and mummification , Hathor was over the sky, joy, love, beauty, motherhood, dance, and music, and mining. She was known as "lady of turquoise country" because there was mining in the desert. Maat administered motherhood, dance, and law, and Bastet took the form of a cat and protected all cats, she also was the goddess that protected humans from contagious diseases and evil spirits.

Clearly there is evidence that Egyptian mythology was important to their everyday life, all the roles and relationships of the gods was very complicated. The pharoah held a lot of responsibility to satisfy the God with specific offerings, to keep favor with the gods and protect his people. In the family tree of just a few gods, there was truth, justice, and murder. It was like a soap opera. However, what is truly interesting is that the people of Egypt believed these gods had control over their lives but had no self control of their
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