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Religion can be thought of as the recognition by human beings of a superhuman power that controls the universe and everything that is was or shall be in it Each individual human being can consider that the superhuman control power is a deity worthy of being loved or capable of inspiring awe obedience and even fear The effect of these feelings on individuals can lead to the setting up of a system of worship of the deity and to the drawing up of a code of beliefs and conduct inspired by their religious faith As all religions follow this the Egyptians seem to be unique in their beliefs The Egyptians did not have a true religion they had more of a collection of myths and doctrines which evolved to suit the worshippers needs Although many changes were evident in their religion conflict between new and old concepts did not occur However their belief system was much more complex and elaborate than that of any other culture A clear reason is not given but we theorize that environmental conditions play a significant role in their authenticity It is a truism that the activities of people everywhere are influenced by the conditions under which they live and religious thought is no exception to this Before the days of mass communication an Eskimo living in cold climate had no experience of any great heat generated by the sun His idea of hell therefore would be a place of extreme cold On the other hand a man living in a hot climate can only visualize hell as an even hotter place than any with which he has ever had acquaintance with The Nile River plays an important part in Egyptian mythology As the Nile flows northward through Egypt it creates a narrow ribbon of fertile land in the midst of a great desert The sharp contrast between the fertility along the Nile and the wasteland of
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