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Egyptian religion is very diverse because of the constant growth of religious beliefs over many centuries of new ideas being put in without taking any old beliefs To the ancient Egyptian people this diversity of beliefs and gods was acceptable and the people looked to the images of gods as natural animal and human life On the top is the god of Heaven Anum and Enlil the god of the Sky They are both supreme gods king of heaven and earth They are followed by Enki some name of the mother goddess and three astral gods Sin Moon Shamash Sun and the goddess Ishtar Venus which is the goddess of love and war In Egypt most of the religious history is written in the form of hymns charms spells and other religious tests inscribed on the walls of the tombs and temples on coffins statues and papyri The arliestreligious writings were the Pyramid Texts written on the walls of the burial chambers of the fifth and sixth dynasty rulers within their pyramids In the Middle Kingdom these were moved from the structure of the tomb to the coffins so they were called Coffin Texts In the New Kingdom they were replaced by the Book of the Dead containing 190 chapters which were rolls of papyrus buried with the dead in the coffin The Egyptian gods took the form of human behavior They spoke had emotions and sometimes went into battle Some of the Egyptian gods took the form of animals For example Anubis as a form of a jackal and Sobek as a crocodile They occasionally combined human and animal forms in one image such as the gods Horus shown as a falcon-headed man and Sekhmet as a lioness headed women This unusual aspect of religion created by the Egyptians is due to the fact that Egyptians were able to develop and progress their religion without outside influence This
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