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Ancient Egypt Religion Facts

  • The most worshiped gods were Isis, Osiris, Horus, Anubis, Re, Nu and Seth.Villages often chose a specific god to represent.

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Isis, Osiris & Horus

  • Individuals sometimes chose gods to support their profession.

  • Gods were often represented by animals like crocodiles, rams, lions and cats.

  • Afterlife rituals included the process of embalming (so the spirit would have a place to reside), the “opening of the mouth” ritual (to invoke the senses so they could be used in the afterlife), wrapping the body in cloth that contained jewels and amulets, and placing a mask over the face that closely resembled the deceased.

  • Local village gods were worshiped at shrines and privately in people’s houses.

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Isis Head Statue

  • Polytheism was practiced for 3,000 years, with a brief stint when the Heretic Pharaoh, Akhenaten, worshiped only Aten.

  • Many creation myths were developed over time and throughout Egypt.

  • Important religious centers were called cult centers and included the Ogdoad of Hermopolis (8 gods), the Ennead of Heliopolis (9 gods), the Triad of Thebes and the Elephantine Triad of Memphis.

  • Only the pharaoh, the queen, priests and priestesses were allowed inside temples. Others could only go as far as the temple gates.

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