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The Egyptians believed that their kings were gods Even after they had died the rulers continued to affect daily life through their supernatural powers In his new life in the underworld the king would need everything he needed while alive and he needed his home to last for eternity While alive Egyptian kings lived in palace of mud-brick wore linen roves and slept in wooden beds In their gentle climate more substantial comforts were not needed But eternity last a whole lot longer than life So the tombs of the kings needed to be durable and well-supplied The tombs also needed to protect the body and its supplies and gifts from thieves They also were the focus of the Egyptian religion and so needed to be extremely visible The massive stone pyramid met all these criteria However there was still the problem of supplying the king with essentials Since entombing a never-ending supply of food and servants was not very practical the Egyptians decided on the principal of substitution by means of a representation Since the dead king now existed in spirit rather than physical form he was not bound by physical limitations A picture or word could feed him as well as a real slab of meat Servants did not have to be killed and laid around his tomb statues could take their place Because the king was a god to his people they needed to be able to come and worship him But if his body were accessible to the whole nation the king and his treasures would be too accessible to robbers So instead they built a statue resembling the king which they placed in a temple open to the public His ka or spirit could leave the tomb and come live in his statue for awhile This way the peoples prayers and gifts could still be delivered while keeping him safe 2 Herodotus a Greek who wrote about the building
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