Importance Of Ancient Egypt Religion

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Vardanian 1 Artur Vardanian Professor Cooney Ancient Egypt December 8, 2015
Importance of Ancient Egypt Religion
Throughout the history of ancient Egypt, many contributions had constructed the ideology of the kings. Kingship (or any kind of absolute power such as Pharaoh’s) had an important relationship to the use of religion for the purpose of legitimizing power and control, which was a universal concept in human history (Brisch 2007). This statement shows the tactic that kings and pharaohs used towards controlling the civilian 's of economic, political, and military power, making them believe they hold status equal to the gods. Since religion guided every aspect of Ancient Egyptian life, it is hard to deny all the importance it had throughout the Egyptians history. Egyptian religion was based on polytheism, or the worship of many Gods, but during some periods in history, such as Akhenaton ruling, this was not the case. During Akhenaton ruling, religion was based on monotheism, which was the belief of one God (Brisch 2007). The Egyptians had thousands of gods and goddesses. Many gods were worshipped differently, where only locals worshiped some gods, while other gods were worshipped throughout the country (Mark 2009). Often gods and goddesses were represented as part human and part animal. Many people were sacrificed during the reign of their kings, while many others will work their entire lives building temples and funerals for…
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