Prehistoric Essay - How are the themes of balance and...

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How are the themes of balance and resolution of contradictions evidenced in Egyptian culture and religion? In your answer make reference to the following: the Story of Isis and Osiris, the Palette of Narmer pp 22-23. Contradictions were truly evident to the Ancient Egyptians. They experienced the fertile river valleys of the Nile and the arid deserts of the Sahara. Night balanced day and so did death balance life. Each contradiction had a reasonable reciprocal that equated its benevolence and consequence. The geographic world of the Egyptians was quite stable, more so than the Mesopotamians, and through stability, the Egyptians created a culture based around balance and faith. For example, the Egyptians had deities in contrast with one another. Re, creator of the heavens, contradicted Osiris, the god of the underworld. Isis, the fertility goddess, contradicted Anubis, the god of cemeteries and embalming. According to the myth of Osiris, Osiris was killed by his brother Set, who chopped him up and discarded Osiris in the Nile. Osiris was recovered and resurrected by Isis, Queen of Heaven, and bore, with Osiris, Horus, the sky god. This story shows the balance of death and life and how the resulting consequence was Osiris’ resurrection. Another prime example of the themes of balance and resolution can be seen on the Palette of
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