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Egyptian temple Temples existed from the beginning of Egyptian history, and at the height of the civilization they were present in most of its towns.
They included both mortuary temples to serve the spirits of deceased pharaohs and temples dedicated to patron gods, although the distinction was blurred because divinity and kingship were so closely intertwined. Instead, the state-run temples served as houses for the gods, in which physical images which served as their intermediaries were cared for and provided with offerings.
This service was believed to be necessary to sustain the gods, so that they could in turn maintain the universe itself.
Pharaohs often expanded them as part of their obligation to honor the gods, so that many temples grew to enormous size. In the New Kingdom, a basic temple layout emerged, which had evolved from common elements in Old and Middle Kingdom temples.
With variations, this plan was used for most of the temples built from then on, and most of those that survive today adhere to it. Access to this most sacred part of the temple was restricted to the pharaoh and the highest-ranking priests. The journey from the temple entrance to the sanctuary was seen as a journey from the human world to the divine realm, a point emphasized by the complex mythological symbolism present in temple architecture.
In reality, ritual duties were almost always carried out by priests. During the Old and Middle Kingdoms, there was no separate class of priests; instead, many government officials served in this capacity for several months out of the year before returning to their secular duties.
Only in the New Kingdom did professional priesthood become widespread, although most lower-ranking priests were still part-time. All were still employed by the state, and the pharaoh had final say in their appointments. In the political fragmentation of the Third Intermediate Period c.
Large temples were therefore very important centers of economic activity, sometimes employing thousands of people. Some were performed daily, while others took place annually or on rarer occasions.
Afterward, when the god had consumed the spiritual essence of the offerings, the items themselves were taken to be distributed among the priests.
These festivals often entailed actions beyond simple offerings to the gods, such as reenactments of particular myths or the symbolic destruction of the forces of disorder.
Commoners gathered to watch the procession and sometimes received portions of the unusually large offerings given to the gods on these occasions.
These animals were selected based on specific sacred markings which were believed to indicate their fitness for the role. Some of these cult animals retained their positions for the rest of their lives, as with the Apis bull worshipped in Memphis as a manifestation of Ptah. Other animals were selected for much shorter periods.
These cults grew more popular in later times, and many temples began raising stocks of such animals from which to choose a new divine manifestation. Millions of mummified catsbirds, and other creatures were buried at temples honoring Egyptian deities.
Oracles[ edit ] The Egyptians used oracles to ask the gods for knowledge or guidance.
Egyptian oracles are known mainly from the New Kingdom and afterward, though they probably appeared much earlier. People of all classes, including the king, asked questions of oracles, and, especially in the late New Kingdom their answers could be used to settle legal disputes or inform royal decisions.
Other methods included interpreting the behavior of cult animals, drawing lots, or consulting statues through which a priest apparently spoke.
These included the interpretation of dreams, which could be seen as messages from the divine realm, and the consultation of oracles.Ancient Egyptian religion was a complex system of polytheistic beliefs and rituals which were an integral part of ancient Egyptian society.
It centered on the Egyptians' interaction with many deities who were believed to be present in, and in control of, the world. Ancient Egyptian afterlife beliefs and burial customs. From the preparation of ancient Egyptian mummies, to the trials and tribulations of the underworld - what did the ancient Egyptians believe.
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Introduce students to ancient Egyptian tombs, burial practices, and the concept of the afterlife by viewing the clip Episode 3: Tombs and the Afterlife [insert pbs video link].
detailed description about the mummification process and discussion about how ancient Egyptians viewed the afterlife. Included are pictures of famous, well-preserved. Ancient Egyptian Afterlife Discussion Many of the traditions practiced over 4, years ago in ancient Egypt are still practiced today.
The ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife, one they called the Kingdom of .