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The Living Dead. Egyptian gods, mummification, and the afterlife. Introduction. To the Egyptians, religion and afterlife was a very important part of heritage and culture. They were polytheistic, meaning that they worshipped more than one God. Now, let us begin our journey into the underworld….

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The living dead

The Living Dead

Egyptian gods, mummification, and the afterlife


Introduction
Introduction

To the Egyptians, religion and afterlife was a very important part of heritage and culture. They were polytheistic, meaning that they worshipped more than one God. Now, let us begin our journey into the underworld…


Create a god
Create a God!

In this interactive section of the presentation, you will create an Egyptian God based on preexisting entities.

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Anubis
Anubis!

The God of mummification and the afterlife.

This god supervises the weighing of the soul. The oldest know God in the Old Kindom writings.

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Ammit
Ammit!

The Devourer of Souls.

This God at the souls of those deemed unworthy of passing into the afterlife. He is part alligator, part hippo, part cheetah, and part something else weird like that.

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Ra!

The King of Gods! It is said that during the day, he sails the skies in a boat called “Barque of Millions of Years”. During the nighttime he would die and go to the underworld, only to be born again when the sun rose.

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Body of isis
Body of Isis!

Isis is the Queen Goddess.

She is a healer and magician, and is often portrayed holding a baby Horas.

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Body of nut
Body of Nut!

The God of the Sky.

His body is often shown arched to

represent the horizon.

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Body of bastet
Body of Bastet!

Bastet was the son of Ra, the sun God, and the cat Goddess. It was believed that she sometimes helped to defeat Apep, the snake God, when he was attacking her father.

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Body of isis1
Body of Isis!

Isis is the Queen Goddess.

She is a healer and magician, and is often portrayed holding a baby Horas.

Click HERE!


Body of nut1
Body of Nut!

The God of the Sky.

His body is often shown arched to

represent the horizon.

Click HERE!


Body of bastet1
Body of Bastet!

Bastet was the son of Ra, the sun God, and the cat Goddess. It was believed that she sometimes helped to defeat Apep, the snake God, when he was attacking her father.

Click HERE!


Body of isis2
Body of Isis!

Isis is the Queen Goddess.

She is a healer and magician, and is often portrayed holding a baby Horas.

Click HERE!


Body of nut2
Body of Nut!

The God of the Sky.

His body is often shown arched to

represent the horizon.

Click HERE!


Body of bastet2
Body of Bastet!

Bastet was the son of Ra, the sun God, and the cat Goddess. It was believed that she sometimes helped to defeat Apep, the snake God, when he was attacking her father.

Click HERE!


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Info on gods
Info on Gods

At first, the only Egyptian Gods were the forces of nature. Instead of being revered by the people, they were feared, as the Egyptians were completely at the mercy of the elements. Gods were originally created for telling stories, and over time they developed into serious religious figures. Egyptians believed that once someone died, they would move on to the afterlife…


The afterlife
The Afterlife

The Egyptians believed that after a person died, they would journey on to the underworld. When the deceased reached the underworld, their soul was weighed against the feather of truth in front of Anubis, the God of the dead. If the sins of their lifetime weighed the soul down and made It heavy, then Ammit, the Devourer of Souls, would eat the soul, and the person would have no chance of moving on to the afterlife, what people thought was the perfect existence in an ideal Egypt.


Mummification
Mummification

While mummification is commonly associated with Egypt, only the wealthy were able to be mummified. Poor Egyptians were buried in the sand, while wealthy people went through the expensive and lengthy process of having their bodies preserved and being buried in tombs.


Mummification process
Mummification Process

For those who could afford it, mummification took place as follows:

  • First, the body was washed with embalming fluids

  • The organs were then removed and wrapped in cloth (or placed in jars, depending on the time period)

  • The skull was then smashed, and the brains were removed through the nose

  • The body was dried with natron, and left out

  • After 40 days, the body was washed with water from the Nile and bathed in oils

  • The body was stuffed with material to make it look life-like


Burial of the pharaoh
Burial of The Pharaoh

When the pharaoh died, he was buried in the tomb that we all know as a pyramid. He was placed in a decorative sarcophagus, and surrounded with any material belongings that he might need for the afterlife. Many times the Pharaoh’s favorite servant would perform a ritual suicide in order to be able to serve his pharaoh in the world beyond. It was said that when a pharaoh died, he would join Ra in his sky boat, as the pharaoh was often revered as a God himself.


Thank you for joining us
Thank you for joining us!

Thank you for coming along with us to learn more about Egyptian culture. We hope that through our presentation you have gained a vaster understanding of the tradition and background behind mummification and Egyptian religion!


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