Life After Death in Ancient Egypt Essay

Life After Death in Ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptian belief of life after death in detail and its funerary ceremonies to achieve happiness and harmony in the afterlife.
# 62551 | 2,240 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2005 in History (Religion) , Religion and Theology (Other) , Archaeology (Egypt)

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This paper explains how Ancient Egyptians believed that life was but a passageway to the rest of their lives, only elsewhere. Throughout their lives they prepared for this event. It looks at how they believed that each individual had seven components. It discusses how the ancient Egyptians would protect these components by preserving the body and giving it a proper funerary. These funeraries would include mummification and other funerary rituals described in the paper - everything would make a difference in the afterlife, from the care and dress of the body to the materials within the tomb.

From the Paper:

"In ancient Egypt, death was the gateway to immortality. Egyptians never saw death as devastating, for it was merely "an interruption to life in which afterwards would continue 'elsewhere' " (Hamilton-Paterson and Andrews 16). It was necessary, however, to prepare for death, for the deceased would require necessities for the afterlife. Egyptian beliefs on the afterlife required preparation through a funerary process which culminated in a life after death in the tombs (16-17)."

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