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The Mythology and Religion of the Ancient Egyptians (English Edition)
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The Mythology and Religion of the Ancient Egyptians (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Charles River Editors

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*Includes pictures
*Includes quotes taken from Ancient Egyptian funerary and religious texts
*Includes a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

Africa may have given rise to the first humans, and Egypt probably gave rise to the first great civilizations, which continue to fascinate modern societies across the globe nearly 5,000 years later. From the Library and Lighthouse of Alexandria to the Great Pyramid at Giza, the Ancient Egyptians produced several wonders of the world, revolutionized architecture and construction, created some of the world’s first systems of mathematics and medicine, and established language and art that spread across the known world. With world-famous leaders like King Tut and Cleopatra, it’s no wonder that today’s world has so many Egyptologists.

Some of the most recognizable images of ancient Egypt, from the mummies to the pyramids, make clear how important religion was to the Egyptians. Unlike modern Western countries, Ancient Egypt was not a secular society but one where religion played a role in even the most mundane daily occurrences, and religion and myth were used to explain how and why the Nile River flooded. It also justified the absolute power of the king, who was considered not only divinely chosen for the role but divine himself. As a result, the pharaoh was expected to serve as a sort of intermediary who curried the gods’ favor through rituals, sacrifices, offerings, and other practices, even while various cults and temples also sought the same goals and engaged in religious practices.

In addition to being ubiquitous parts of daily life, Egyptian religion and mythology were also complex, and while Egyptian society was polytheistic like other ancient civilizations, that’s where the comparisons end. Religion was so pervasive that it heavily influenced funerary practices and the belief in an afterlife, and deities like Osiris and Isis (who are still well known today) had become so firmly ingrained that even the Ptolemaic pharaohs, who considered themselves purely Greek, embraced Egyptian deities and assimilated the Greek and Egyptian cultures. In fact, Cleopatra often had herself depicted as Isis.

The Egyptians’ belief systems proved resilient enough to last for thousands of years, but there were also critical evolutions over time as different dynasties took power, and with that, certain deities took prominence at different points. Perhaps the most famous changes were made by King Tut’s father, the pharaoh Akhenaten, who emphasized worship of the Aten, a symbol of the sun which had been associated with Ra but became the focal point of Akhenaten’s reign. To drive home just how serious the Egyptians took religion, there were grumblings about the pharaoh’s actions, and shortly after Akhenaten’s death, the system reverted to more closely resemble what it was like before his reign.

The Mythology and Religion of the Ancient Egyptians looks at the importance of kingship and the gods, and how they were tied into the three major Egyptian creation myths. This book also analyzes the mythical tales that help explain the cosmological, theological, and mythological ideas of the ancient Egyptians. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Egyptian religion and mythology like you never have before, in no time at all.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 42 pages
  • Editeur : Charles River Editors (13 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Charles Rivers Editors has Produced a Good Booklet Worthy of any Tourist Interested in Ancient Egyptian Mythology 5 août 2014
Par C. William Anderson @theseinspire - Publié sur
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This 54 page booklet is pretty easy to read - I read it in four hours, but, to be honest, having taken a few tours in Egypt, I was somewhat familiar with most of these points.

Egyptologists may appreciate the knowledge within this booklet. Tourists, though, should make certain they have a copy so they can better enjoy their trip to Egypt. There is no finer journey than a cruise downstream from Aswan to Luxor. My wife and I have sailed upstream for our honeymoon and downstream for our 10th Anniversary. That second cruise was our favorite.

My only regret was not having read this booklet before sailing.

The Mythology and Religion of the Ancient Egyptians is outstanding.
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