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Ancient Egypt: Gods, Afterlife, & Burial Traditions

Ancient Egyptian Beliefs

Egyptian religion was a combination of beliefs and practices which, in the modern day, would include magic, mythology, science, medicine, psychiatry, spiritualism, herbology, as well as the modern understanding of 'religion' as belief in a higher power and a life after death. Religion played a part in every aspect of the lives of the ancient Egyptians because life on earth was seen as only one part of an eternal journey, and in order to continue that journey after death, one needed to live a life worthy of continuance.

By Joshua J. Mark, 'Ancient Egyptian Religion' in Ancient History Encyclopedia, published on 20 January 2016, accessed 27/03/2017 <>

Religion & the Gods

Burial traditions

Religion & the Afterlife

Ghosts in Ancient Egypt

The most enduring Egyptian view of death was that it was a paradise, a continuation of life on earth but lacking any disappointment, loss, or distress. A text known as The Lay of the Harper [scroll down to the bottom of the page], dating from the Middle Kingdom (2040-1782 BCE) encourages its audience to make the most of the time because death is a certainty.