Essay On Ancient Egypt Religion

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Ancient Egypt is memorialized for its opulent history and culture along with the unique and defining burial practices. Ancient Egyptian religion was a complicated scheme of polytheistic beliefs and rituals which were an integral part of the ancient Egyptian society (El Mahdy, Christine). The religion centered on the Egyptians' interaction with a slew of deities who were considered to be present in, and in control of, the forces and elements of nature. The legends of these gods were to explain the influences of the forces they represented. The practices of Egyptian religion were efforts to provide for the gods and gain their favor. Of which the Ancient Pyramids start to symbolize the ancient man’s triumphs, but to the ancient Egyptians, they symbolized the being of creation; “the primordial mound from which life arose” (El Mahdy, Christine).
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Unlike the ka, the ba remained attached to the body after death” (Redford, Donald B). Egyptian funeral rituals were intended to release the ba from the body so that it could move freely, and to rejoin it with the ka so that it could live on as an akh. However, it was also important that the body of the deceased be preserved, as the Egyptians believed that the ba returned to its body each night to receive new life, before emerging in the morning as an akh” (Egyptian Pyramids, History.com). Which introduces the Egyptians burial ritual and mummifications.
In ancient Egypt, mummification was considered essential for one ba to move on into afterlife. The mummified body provided a place for a person's ba to return to the body after death. The burial process began with the removal of the internal organs of the body, all except the heart were removed. The heart must remain in place to complete the “Weighing of the Heart” testament. Often a scarab or other amulet would be placed over the heart to protect it in its

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