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Collin ZengSeptember 21, 2009Period 4A AP World HistoryComparative EssayThesisEgyptian and Mesopotamian religions were both products of their environments. The environments caused Egypt and Mesopotamia to differ in regards to their view of the world with Egypt being more optimistic. However, both were polytheistic and practiced their religion in similar ways considering how they interacted with their deities. Paragraph OneThe rivers of the two civilizations impacted their views on life, making Egypt’s more optimistic and Mesopotamia’s more pessimistic. Unpredictable and violent floods ravaged communities in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin, causing food shortages and the need for artificial irrigation systems, which required labor to construct and maintain. In Egypt, the predictable and gradual Nile floods brought satisfaction to agricultural communities, surpluses of food, and leisure time. The leisure time allowed the Egyptians to develop a system of writing and accomplish the building of pyramids, both of which were tremendous advancements in technological skill.