Egyptian Gods Vs Nature

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Khety writes, “Watering the orchids created by the god Ra, to cause all cattle to live, you give the earth drink, inexhaustible one!” This quote illustrates that the Egyptians believed their gods were over nature. Can this idea be related to their lives in reality? Yes, it can, as the Egyptians wanted to be friends with their gods. The gods provided the Egyptians with resources, such as crops and cattle. This idea for searching for a relationship proves a lot. Meaning, that even though the Egyptians wanted a relationship with their gods, they also wanted to support nature. To support nature, the Egyptians associated their gods with a part of nature. An example of this is the god Seth. The god Seth represents storms, the wind, and chaos. He…show more content…
A primary example of this is seen in the Hymn To The Nile. The Hymn To The Nile demonstrates that the Egyptians connected a god with the Nile. As a massive water source, the Nile seemed to flood during a certain time period. This flooding of the Nile influenced the Egyptians to illustrate a calendar for seasonal farming. Is there more to the whole idea of the Nile flooding? There may be as there is a story about Isis, Osiris, and Seth. The god Seth was jealous of his brother Osiris. This jealousy overtook Seth, causing him to kill his own brother. By killing his brother, Seth went after Isis who became devastated by Osiris’s death. Isis tried to give her husband a proper burial, but she noticed something. A piece of Osiris was missing. To make up for the piece of the body missing, Isis created a new body part. This allowed Osiris to come back to life. He is the first god to ever come back to life. That is why Osiris is called the “God of the dead”. Although, this is not the important part. The important part of the story is the fact Osiris resurrected from the dead. After the Nile floods, the soil becomes fertile. If the ground becomes fertile, then what can grow? Crops of course. The Egyptians believed that the crops represented Osiris who was resurrected from the dead. In the Hymn To The Nile, it claims a god “created the grain, brought forth the barley, assuring perpetuity to the temples”. This hymn may be represented to the Nile, yet there may be a bigger picture. The hymn illustrates the story of Osiris and Seth. Seth is the wind that pushes against the Nile, during a storm. Hence, his title of being a storm god. This means that the Nile would overflow, causing the water to spill over onto the land. After the storm, the ground becomes fertile and crops began to rise after being planted. When the plants arise, it represents Osiris’s resurrection. It
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