Ancient Egypt : Unique And Defining Burial Practices

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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 very intricate yet complex way of belief. Egyptian religion was based on the worship and fellowship of many God’s who were believed to have a constant and ever being control of all earthly elements. The legends of these gods were to foretell and explain the influences of the forces they represented. The actual practice of Egyptian religion was an effort by both Pharaoh and nobles to provide both offerings and rule for the gods and gain their favor in hopes that their soul would live on in the afterlife. A piece of Egyptian religion are the Ancient Pyramids, these tombs were just the…show more content…
It wasn’t until the Kings of Egypt, also referred to as the Pharaoh became the center of the religion for the Egyptians. Even though the Pharaoh was human, he was thought to be the direct descended from the gods. Due to this belief the Pharaoh soon began to believe that he deserved to have a burial to show such stature. The Egyptian government and society put forth large amounts of resources to fund these burial rituals and to the construct the Pyramids. Which brings into context the ancient belief in the afterlife. Ancient Egyptian society did all they could to safeguard that their souls would survive on after death, while society today, depending on the religion feel there is life after death however that life is attainable upon dying. One way that they believed made way for the soul to enter into the afterworld was by providing lavished tombs. (Stewart, Harry M.) These tombs were filled with not only delectable foods and drink but also offerings to said gods in trade to maintain the bodies and spirits of the deceased. The Egyptians rituals for the care of their dead were very detailed. Egyptians believed that humans possessed a ka, or what we refer to as our soul, which would leave the body at the moment of death. The ka, during life was believed to have obtained its nourishment from the food and drink the human would take in. So, the assumption was, after death the ka must continue receiving this nourishment
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