Egypt’s Religious Culture

Jan 6, 2020

Since time immoral mankind has always tried to bridge the gap between the natural forces that confronted him on a daily basis and the harshness of that life.

To portray the events around them that they could not explain (lack of knowledge) into supernatural beings that controlled the atmosphere above his head extending into the heavens. Providing a feel-good theology for the person abdicating his responsibilities to himself and regulating it to unseen forces that caused certain difficulties in his life.

Religion by all intents and purposes is just an abstract relationship between human nature, the natural forces of the environment surrounding him, expressing it into supernatural forces. Creating asymmetrical images of divinity and magic to maintain that relationship.

Egypt provides a unique look at that abstract balance between the natural forces (Laws of Nature) and the supernatural forces. Gods that traversed between the earth and the atmosphere above their heads. Circling the horizon around him (360 degrees) extending into the heavens (180-degree arch).

All of Egyptian religions and myths refer to three realities of their life that revolved around the sun, the Nile, and the divine pharaoh.

The concept of the Divine ruler just for note crossed the Mediterranean an resides in modern day Rome as well as elsewhere in the modern world.

In the archaic period of Egypt (3100 BC) there was a change in the practice of burying the dead and their travel in the afterlife. There was a move to the creation of cemeteries to bury the dead which may indicate a separation between the living and the dead.

During this period Egypt was separated into two parts, the upper Nile, and the lower Nile. In the upper Nile river, there were 22 military districts and the lower Nile had 20 military districts.

Each military district controlled the area along the Nile, each had a ruler, and each believed in their own idea of gods and deities.

Around this time 3100 BC steps in a character named, Menes, who was believed to have come from Ethiopia. He managed to unify the Egyptians into one ruling monarchy. Simply by creating a crown of red and white that symbolized the unification of upper and lower Egypt. Egyptians believed that the crown had magic powers and it was the single item that the pharaohs could not take with them in the afterlife.

We see the same symbolism in narrative of the New Testament. The crown as a magical item that does not get buried with the man who claimed deity. Who after death became a god?

The Egyptians believed that the life you lived here on earth you lived in the afterlife an asymmetrical image of one’s realty. The work you did, the friends you had, the family you had, you took your life with you, into the afterlife.

Then it was easier to portray the kings and their magical crowns. The kings became gods by divine right this concept shows in the ideology of the ancient Sumerians.

Mankind was put on this earth to serve the gods. Gods gave selected men divine rights to implement their policies.

The afterlife for the kings and priests which flowed back and forth over the years became grand festivals and trappings of wealth that were buried with them at the time of death.

Whereas the common person was not guaranteed that right of an afterlife. You were simply here to serve the gods and their emissaries the priests and kings. The same ideology hold true today. The state always buries their dead with lavish affairs befitting a king.

Religion has always been and will always be governance by divine right to perpetuate political agendas held together tenuously by economics. Salvation has always been invested in the hands of the individual not with men who claim magical divinity because their wear a crown.


Nov 12, 2019
Just dropping in here to remind everyone to keep any religious discussion to historical/cultural topics appropriate to this section of LiveScience, and let us not argue the validity of different faiths. Thanks!