Funerary Rituals In Ancient Egypt

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Ancient Egypt experienced an intricate set of funerary monuments that made them believe were essential for their immortality afterlife. Some of these rituals are mummifying the body, magic spells casting, and burying people with certain goods. These rituals were to be used in the afterlife. The process of burying people evolved throughout time with old customs rejected as they adopt new ones. Nevertheless, the people maintained other elements that were significant in both generations. Even though certain details were changed, the rituals were a significant element in performing a proper funeral in the region.
Funerary monuments differed significantly throughout Dynasty 0 to 5 in line with social hierarchies and dynamics of power. During the zero dynasty, people in the villages used to bury their dead in round graves with a single pot. These body were not treated as they believed the dead will move to the next life. The aim of including the pot in the grave was to hold food for the dead as they proceed to the new world. Main customs in funerals developed during the end of zero dynasty where people dug rectangular graves with more things included in the grave. The period was also characterized by different rituals depending on the power of the
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They used to build a mastaba, for their dead people. However, the design of the mastaba depends on the wealth status of the individual. For instance, people in power had their mastaba designed by an architect. Sophisticated mastabas defined power and wealth level of the individual. In the second dynasty, the communities used to bury their people with different designs (Dunand and Lichtenberg 9). For those in power, they used to build pyramids for their tombs with stone mastaba surrounding the tombs of people with high ranks. The idea is that most people with high status were royal relatives making them get sophisticated burial
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