Egyptian dating customs traditions

Another variant on this story is that Ptah first appeared and created Atum.Another, more elaborate, version of the creation story has Atum mating with his shadow to create Shu (air) and Tefnut (moisture) who then go on to give birth to the world and the other gods.

An individual’s name was considered of such importance that an Egyptian’s true name was kept secret throughout life and one was known by a nickname.

Knowledge of a person’s true name gave one magical powers over that individual and this is among the reasons why the rulers of Egypt took another name upon ascending the throne; it was not only to link oneself symbolically to another successful pharaoh but also a form of protection to ensure one’s safety and help guarantee a trouble-free journey to eternity when one’s life on earth was completed.

The hieroglyph for a corpse was translated as `participating in eternal life’.

The tomb was the `Mansion of Eternity’ and the dead was an Akh, a transformed spirit. would be unable to journey to The Field of Reeds if it lacked the physical component on earth.

The gods who had fashioned the soul and created the world consistently watched over the people of Egypt and heard and responded to, their petitions.

A famous example of this is when Ramesses II was surrounded by his enemies at the Battle of Kadesh (1274 BCE) and, calling upon the god Amun for aid, found the strength to fight his way through to safety.

The tombs, mortuary temples and mummies that they produced were a celebration of life and a means of continuing it for eternity…For the Egyptians, as for other cultures, death was part of the journey of life, with death marking a transition or transformation after which life continued in another form, the spiritual rather than the corporeal. This passion for life imbued in the ancient Egyptians a great love for their land as it was thought that there could be no better place on earth in which to enjoy existence.

While the lower classes in Egypt, as elsewhere, subsisted on much less than the more affluent, they still seem to have appreciated life in the same way as the wealthier citizens.

Magic informed the entire civilization and Heka was the source of this creative, sustaining, eternal power.

In another version of the myth, Atum creates the world by first fashioning Ptah, the creator god who then does the actual work.

From this original act of creative energy came all of the known world and the universe.

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