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Ancient Egyptian Tombs

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Abstract Studying ancient Egyptian tombs have long been an important source of information regarding many aspects of Egyptian religion. Walls of New Kingdom tombs are often decorated with plenty of painted religious scenes. While they were primarily private structures containing images selected by the person who expected to be housed there for eternity, the funerary monuments also reflect religious beliefs. While numerous researches focused on many of the religious scenes depicted on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs, no one focused on the knife - holders' scenes. Hence, the current study focused on knife - holders scenes depicted on the walls of both royal and private tombs dating back to the New Kingdom at Thebes. The current study…show more content…
The walls of tombs are often extensively decorated with scenes submitted in paint or in colored relief sculpture. While they were primarily private structures containing images selected by the person who expected to be lived there for eternity, the mortuary monuments also reflect religious beliefs. While numerous researches have focused on many of the religious scenes illustrated on the walls of ancient Egyptian Tombs, no one focused on the Knife - Holders scenes. Hence, the current study focused on the scenes of Knife - Holders in Ancient Egyptian Tombs .The term Knife-Holders is an expression which indicates to minor divinities that were subsequent to the majestic deities. They performed specified tasks upon demand, as well as they were often categorized by specific actions, behaviors and locations. The ancient Egyptian believed that the deceased king accompanied God Ra as a part of the sun god’s underworld journey due his desire of reaching the safe place at the end of this journey. Accordingly, knife – holders were represented together with other minor deities to release the dangerous things and creatures that might impede the deceased person in his journey in the hereafter. Life after Death in Ancient Egyptian Conception Death in ancient Egyptian conception had different meanings all of them represented that it was an intermediate stage between…show more content…
The serpent God known as Apophis was used to stopping Ra in his journey daily at night. He attacked the sun in his sacred boat and after each defeat he returned again as a universe continuing danger. Many rituals were performed to protect the solar bark either to prevent the victory of the chaos demon or to destroy his evil eye. Finally, all of the world, Egypt, gods and men were under threat by demons who wanted to gain authority. Other demons were martyrdom to save and protect the world, people and
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