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Egyptian Mythology religion of Ancient Egypt - Dominating influence in their cultures development - Based on an unorganized collection of ancient myths nature worship innumerable deities Creation Based on the Egyptian belief - Only the ocean existed at first - Ra the sun came out of an egg a flower in some versions that appeared on the surface of the water - Ras four children gods - Shu and Geb goddesses - Tefnut and Nut - Shu and Tefnut became the atmosphere they stood on Geb who became the earth and raised up Nut who became the sky - Ra over-all ruler - Geb and Nuts two sons Set and Osiris two daughters Isis and Nephthys - Osiris succeeded Ra as king of the earth helped by Isis his sister-wife - Set hated his brother and killed him - Isis embalmed Osiris body with the help of the god Anubis - Anubis god of embalming - Isis resurrected Osiris through powerful charms - Osiris king of the netherworld land of the dead - Horus son of Osiris and Isis defeated Set in a battle and became king of the earth Local gods - Each local temple possessed its own Ennead a group of nine divinities Triad divine father mother and son - Origin of local deities is obscure Some were taken from foreign religions Some were originally animal gods of prehistoric Afric - Some important divinities godsAmon Hapi Thoth Ptah Khnemu goddessesHathor Mut Neit Sekhet Iconography - Egyptian gods were represented with human torsos and humananimal heads - Examples Ra - head of a hawk swift flight across the sky Hathor goddess of love and laughter - head of a cow Anubis - head of a jackal - Sacred animals were venerated Sun worship - Ra only
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