The Hymn Of The Nile

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Ancient Egypt believed in many gods, making them polytheistic. One of their major gods was Ra, the god of the sun. They believed in a process called mummification. Mummification is a process that an important man in Egypt had to go through before going into the afterlife. The afterlife was very important to the Egyptians because they believed in second chances in life. Osiris and Anubis would judge an individual 's heart to the feather of Ma’at. If the heart outweighed the feather, then Ammut would devour the heart, condemning the individual to oblivion (Book of the Dead, Pinedjem II).

The Hymn of the Nile was written in 2100 BCE by a man named Khety. The Hymn of the Nile refers to the Egyptian religion and the relationship to the Nile. It states that the Egyptians appreciated what the Nile has done with the food. By the flooding the Nile has done, it has made the soil rich to plant crops. It is said that the Nile is flooded every year because that same day, Isis lost Osiris to death. If it was not for the Nile River, the Egyptians could not have made a civilization because they had no food (Hymn of the Nile, Khety).

The Story of Ra is the creation story of the Egyptians. It is about Ra’s different names and how he created the world.; “I am Khepera at the dawn, and Ra at noon, and Atum in the evening”. When he spoke other names, they came into existence. “He first passed across the sky and set for the first day. Then he named Shu, and the first winds blew;

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