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The Egyptians believed that every person was composed of three essential elements body ba and ka The body is the physical body and is unique to each individual As a person gets older so the body ages and changes - the Egyptians expressed the idea of growing up as a process of making changes - and death is the last change Each person also has a ba Though the ba is also unique to each individual it is not a physical entity Ba is sometimes translated as manifestation and can be thought of as the sum total of all the non-physical things that make a person different from others In this sense ba is very similar to what we call personality or character In the afterlife the ba is represented as a bird often with a human head Each person also has what is called a ka or life-force and it is the ka which is the difference between being alive and being dead Unlike the ba the ka is not individual but common to all living people and the gods in the beginning the creator made ka and ka enters each persons body at birth Like the ba the ka is not a physical entity though it has a definite physical connection In the plural ka means sustenance linking it to the idea of food In fact ancient Egyptians would bring food to a dead persons tomb as an offering to his or her ka But since the ka is not strictly physical the food was not there to be literally eaten by the deceased or the deceaseds ka but it was the life-preserving force in the food that was being offered When a person dies so the Egyptians believed the ba and ka become seperated from the body though they do not die In the New Kingdom period and after the Egyptians effected
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