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Gods of Ancient Egypt – Egyptian religion

By | 2017-06-18T01:29:18+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Weighing the souls of the dead As in the rest of Africa, the people of ancient Egypt were polytheistic throughout the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom. That means that they believed in many gods. Some of these gods were Ra, Anubis, Seth, Osiris, Isis, and Horus. Egyptians worshipped these [...]

Who was the Egyptian god Horus?

By | 2017-10-14T14:18:39+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Good luck charm of the eye of Horus(Old Kingdom, ca. 2000 BC) Horus was an Egyptian god, originally from Upper Egypt(Southern Egypt). In the Old Kingdom, people thought of Horus as having the head of a falcon, and his name means "falcon" in Egyptian. The Pharaoh was the human form of Horus, and [...]

What are canopic jars? Ancient Egypt

By | 2017-06-18T01:20:53+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Canopic Jars from Egypt(Vatican Museum, Rome) When people died in ancient Egypt, if they were rich enough, they paid to have their body made into a mummy. Mummification preserved your body for the afterlife. In order to make you into a mummy, the undertakers had to take out your guts (otherwise you would rot). [...]

Who was the Egyptian god Bes?

By | 2017-06-18T01:15:46+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

The Egyptian god Bes Beginning about 2500 BC, near the end of the Old Kingdom period in Egypt, people started worshipping a new god, Bes. Nobody knows for sure where Bes came from, but he may have started out as a Nubian god, from south of Egypt in what's now Sudan. People in [...]

Who was Anubis? – Ancient Egyptian god

By | 2017-06-18T01:07:14+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Anubis in the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Luxor (New Kingdom) Anubis was the way ancient Greek historians like Herodotus wrote the Egyptian word Inpu. Inpu, or Anubis, was an Egyptian god, the son of Ra. He was the god of the dead and the underworld in Old Kingdom Egypt. Because jackals (a kind [...]

Who was the Egyptian god Amon?

By | 2017-06-18T01:03:45+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Religion|

Amon is the blue figure in the center.(From the tomb of Rameses VI at Luxor) Amon (or Amun), in Egyptian religion, was the god of air and wind. He was sometimes invisible, like air. Other times artists showed Amon with blue skin, or as a blue frog - blue like the sky. (Compare [...]

Did ancient Egyptians go to college?

By | 2017-06-18T00:52:46+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt|

Scribes writing (New Kingdom Egypt) Not very many kids in ancient Egypt went to school, and even fewer kids got to go to college when they grew up. In the time of the Pharaohs, there wasn't any university in Egypt (or anywhere else in the world). Advanced students worked with professional scribes, learning [...]

Were there slaves in Ancient Egypt?

By | 2017-06-18T00:42:18+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt|

Egyptian man beating a slave while another begs for mercy Just like in other parts of Africa, some people in Ancient Egypt were slaves. Some of them came originally from Egypt - often children sold into slavery by poor families. Criminals might also be sentenced to slavery (there were no prisons yet). Others [...]

Did ancient Egyptians go to school?

By | 2017-06-18T00:37:49+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt|

Egyptian scribes There were schools in ancient Egypt, but hardly anyone went to them. Even though Egyptian girls in general were equal to boys under the law and could inherit land, girls weren't allowed to go to school at all. Whatever they learned, they had to learn at home from their mother or [...]

Inheriting land in Ancient Egypt

By | 2017-06-18T00:29:52+00:00 June 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Government|

Egyptian land register in demotic writing (200s BC), now at Duke University As in other parts of Africa, ancient Egyptian law said that every child in the family should inherit the same amount of land or money when their parents died - both brothers and sisters. The Egyptians themselves had some problems with [...]