6. Amulets and Piety

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Unformatted text preview: rules of display prohibited to nonroyal persons to depict dei'es on their monuments; they appeared only in texts, or in the form of their emblems, and were almost exclusively of a funerary nature. – At the end of the Middle Kingdom, first representa'ons of nonroyal persons worshiping a deity (but a barrier usually in the form of a column of inscrip'on or an offering table separated the worshiper from the deity). – Dei'es regularly appear on nonroyal monuments only in the New Kingdom and later. Middle Kingdom stele of Amenemhat – gods appear only in names and the offering formula Adora'on of the deified king Thutmose III In the 19th dynasty – s'll displays the barrier 20th dynasty stele Direct encounter of worshipers with the divine Constant shins in the mutual rela'onships between the gods, the kings, and the rest of society. Distance between gods and private individuals was reduced throughout the 2nd millennium Major developments in this respect: – cult of sacred animals – flourishing of feasts and processions in the New Kingdom: the divine images were brought out of the seclusion of their...
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