Ancient Egyptians and the Afterlife Essay

Ancient Egyptians and the Afterlife
An overview of the ancient Egyptians belief in the afterlife.
# 54609 | 1,940 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 31, 2004 in History (Middle Eastern) , Anthropology (General)

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This paper examines how the ancient Egyptian civilization, which lasted for millennia and had a considerably advanced cultural and artistic heritage, left scholars with detailed artistic depictions, monumental archaeological remains, and written records of its societal functions and processes of the government, commerce, and daily life of its people. It briefly assays some key tenets of Egyptian religion and society and then explores the way in which the ancient Egyptians thought of the afterlife as an extension and modification of their lives on earth. The mummification process is covered, as are the other complicated and exacting funerary rites of this venerable culture as applied to both the ruling class and the working class of ancient Egyptian society and the ways in which they thought of the afterlife.

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"As was stated, Egyptian tombs contained quotidian items from the person's life that were of value to them, as it was assumed that as the person continued into the afterlife, they would continue to utilize these items. A person's clothing and occupational tools would often be included in the tomb, along with writing materials. Sometimes, to save cost and space, models of actual items were used to represent them in their stead, as they were seen to be transformed in the afterlife into their real equivalencies. Even food was provided in the tomb: offerings of food were also made after the person's death. It seems odd from the present cultural perspective to think of the afterlife in terms of eating actual food, but it must be kept in mind that the Egyptians did not as drastically polarize life and afterlife in the same way that those of the current Western tradition tend to."

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