Egypt. One of the most advanced cultures of the past. The Egyptian’s power and influence has reached out across many lands and touched many people for thousands of years. The Egyptians brought us math, science, and a rather advanced perspective of the world around us. They made great leaps in architecture, such as building the Great Pyramids, and developed one of the first written languages, hieroglyphics.
Putting all that aside though, one thing that fascinates people of all ages and races, even today, is the Egyptian Religion. What is it all about? How did the Egyptian people apply it to their everyday life? What was mummification, its significance, and what happened after one was mummified?
Religion was a large and crucial part of the Egyptian’s everyday lives. Their religion was based on polytheism, or the worship of many gods and goddesses; they did not believe in only one god. Also, their gods, for the most part, took the forms of half human and half animal of some type.
For example, Horus, the sky god, had the head of a hawk and body of a human. They considered animals such as the bull, cat, and crocodile to be holy. Their two chief gods were Amon-Ra and Osiris. Amon-Ra was believed to be the sun god and the lord of the universe. Osiris was the god of the underworld.
Osisis was responsible for a peaceful afterlife and has been know for other things. An example is “One of the first acts related of Osiris in his reign was to deliver the Egyptians from their destitute and brutish manner of living.68 This he did by showing them the fruits of cultivation, by giving them laws, and by teaching them to honour the gods. Later he travelled over the whole earth civilizing it without the slightest need of arms, but most of the peoples he won over to his way by the charm of his persuasive discourse combined with song and all manner of music.”
(Plutarch, Isis and Osiris sec.13)
Amon, or Amen, was the’r ‘Creator”...