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Chris Mitchell HIST103 – 10 2/22/07 Walk Like an Egyptian: Egypt’s Religious Culture and the Afterlife When you think of ancient Egyptian culture you think Steve Martin’s “King Tut” or The Bangles “Walk like an Egyptian”, right? No, of course not. The Great Pyramids, The Sphinx, the pharaoh, numerous powerful gods, hieroglyphics and mummification are just a few things that come to mind when you think of ancient Egypt. Many people underestimate the importance of mummification and the concern about the afterlife that these people had. In order to understand their beliefs about the afterlife you must first comprehend how they portrayed their gods. The Book of the Dead , which was written on papyrus and left with the dead, was meant to help them pass through the dangers of the Underworld and live a happy life among the Field of Reeds, Egyptian heaven. It was covered with spells and illustrations for the gods. It begins by paying tribute to Re, the god of the sun. Asking him to make sure that the dead have safe travel to the afterlife. “May I be received into the presence of
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