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The Egyptians had a very influential religion that can be analyzed using the five elements of religion The characteristics of the Ancient Egyptians religion can be divided into the five elements of religion authority faith rituals moral code and concept of the deity First the authority of the Egyptian religion The main authority of the Egyptian religion was the Pharaoh he had divine right over the people and was considered a god Also he could change the religion any way he wanted for example in the 14th century BC Akhenaton the Pharaoh outlawed all gods but Aton who was the sun god and this became the first monotheistic religion in history but it was short lived for when he died the new Pharaoh overruled the law and restored the other gods The Egyptians Sacred literature was the Book of the Dead which consisted of 42 negative confessions spells and prayers Here is a excerpts from the Book of the Dead 1 I have not acted sinfully toward me 2 I have not oppressed the members of my family 3 I have not done wrong instead of what is right 4 I have known no worthless folk Encarta 96 Their were also what we would call Priests who sold the people magical items that they said would ensure the dead people a way into heaven Therefore the authority of the Egyptian religion was controlled heavily by the government Second the Egyptians Faith was an important characteristic of their religion First they believed that the Pharaoh was a god and what he spoke became law The Egyptians worshipped almost every form of life the worshipped trees water animals and even vegetables The Egyptians also believed that a person had 2 souls the ba and the ka which left the body at death and then returned later to the body The Egyptians believed that mummification make sure the ba
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