Ancient Egyptian religion is based on the worship of nature, they believe that some animals are the image of God.
Ancient Egyptian religion is based on the worship of nature. Unspoken natural phenomena are believed to have been caused by the divine. The power of God is manifested in various forms. Humans are just a part of creation, and both wild and domesticated animals may be divinely shaped. Even if these animals were humanized in human form, their heads often retained their original animal shape. (As the right picture)
?The Greek historian Herodotus (5th century AD) describes the Sobek animal, the crocodile’s worshiped case: “In some parts of Egypt, the crocodile is a kind of animal, and the center of crocodile worship is Fayence (Fayum), where they raise a crocodile in a pond and tame it, and then wears jewelry for them. Of course the god crocodile eats very well and takes care of the divine law. Buried in the coffin. ”
Buster is a goddess, in the form of a cat or lion (on a ferocious side). Cats are generally loved and are pets of every household. Cats were also made after the mummy, burial in accordance with the ceremony. The bronze statue of a cat is the most common sacrifice dedicated to the god of Bast.
Eagle in ancient Egyptian culture has a special status. The eagles fly high in the sky and are closer to the sun than all, so the eagles become avatars of Re. The sun with hawk wings became the most common symbol of ancient Egypt. Needless to say, the eagles are often made into mummies (pictured above) and are heavily buried under the ceremony.
Anubis, the god of mums, originated from the wolf cult. Later, the dog was also accepted as an avatar of Anubis. The mummy became a sacrifice dedicated to Anubis.
Bulls worship is also very popular, the most famous is the sacred cow of Apis in Memphis. Apsaras sacred cow’s body has a special pattern, is the symbol of Ptah (Ptah). When the original sacred cow of Apsis passed away, a young bull born at the time with the same pattern on his body was chosen as the sacred cow of Apsis. The inauguration and funeral of the New Sacramento are a national event.
The Pantheon of the Gods of the Ancient Egyptians
The main deities in the religion of the ancient Egyptians were nine; they, according to the belief, were the first gods and creators of the world and other gods. The Supreme Nine (Ennead) of the pantheon of the gods was revered throughout Egypt, and the deities that were part of this “nine” were:
“Ra is the god of the sun and the earth’s firmament;
– Shu is the god of air;
– Tefnut – goddess of rain and water;
– Geb – the god of the earth;
– Nut – goddess of the sky;
– Osiris – the god of the other world and the patron of the kings;
– Isis – the goddess of love and motherhood;
– Set is the god of sandstorms, rage, war and death;
– Nephthys is the goddess of death, healing, creativity and sexuality ; patroness of the dead in the afterlife.
In addition to the “original” gods, the ancient Egyptians also believed in an innumerable number of other deities. Exactly pure gods, which were worshiped by the subjects of the pharaohs, has not yet been established – for example, in one of the international treaties signed by Pharaoh Ramses the second, more than a thousand gods and goddesses were mentioned. Also in each of the major cities of ancient Egypt formed the supreme triads of the gods – divine families consisting of the god-father, the goddess-mother and the god-son: in Memphis the triad consisted of Ptah, Sokhmet and Nefertum; in Abydos – Osiris, Isis and Horus, in Thebes – Amon, Mut and Khonsu.