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Egyptian Religion Journey to the West
Basic Beliefs Polytheistic People did not gather to worship except for special festivals. Only Priests entered temples- was where the gods lived. Two types of priests- one group tended to temple god (had to shave all hair, not eat fish and wear only pure cotton linens). Other type attended to business of religion.
Basic Beliefs continued Priests paid by pharaoh. Human shaped coffins (from creation myth) Resurrection (from creation myth) Intact body needed for resurrection (from creation myth) Dreams were how gods communicated- thus meant something. A dwarf= bad, life was half over. Picking dates= good, gods will lead to food or provide it.
Egyptian Creation Myth Deities- Horus, Seth, Isis and Osiris
Amulets Worn for protection 75 types Must be made of correct material to work. Eye of Horus and Scarab two most popular.
Tombs and Mummies Though the Egyptians are known for their pyramids as tombs for the pharaohs, very few were built. Most were interred in the sides of cliffs in the Valley of the Kings Also, important people, tomb craftsmen and the wealthy were also known to build their own tombs.
A Sample Tomb The following is a tour of what a tomb would look like. ENTER AT YOUR Own PERIL!
First Passage Tombs typically had 12 chambers, 1 for each hour of the night Passages connected these chambers This is the first passage. Note curse on frame.
To any who cross this threshold, may ammut swallow his heart!
Hall of Waiting/Hindering
Hall of Chariots
Hall of Truth
At first I could see nothing, the hot air escaping from the chamber causing the candle flame to flicker, but presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. Howard Carter upon entering King Tuts burial chamber. November 1922