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Religion played a major role and had a great portion of interest and involvement in the daily life of ancient cilvilizations alike Infact many aspects of life such as the night and day cycle floods wars birth and death were important factors that created the feeling of superpowers which controlled the life of ancient civilizations Death was one of the greatest fears among all of them and the search for IMMORTALITY developed the humankinds thought of religion By immortality is ordinarily understood the doctrine that the human soul will survive death continuing in the possession of an endless conscious existence Together with the question of the existence of God it forms the most momentous issue with which philosophy has to deal It belongs primarily to rational or metaphysical psychology and the philosophy of religion though it comes also into contact with other branches of philosophy and some of the natural sciences For instance in the ancient civilizaition of Egypt people had a great belief that their gods had total control in all aspects of their life as well as death They viewed the suns daily ascent in the east as symbolic of gods rebirth his daily resurrection signified the victory of the forces of day light purity goodness and life over those of night darkness ignorance evil and death In the cyclical regularity of nature evidence by the daily rising and setting of the sun the ancient Egyptians preceived both the inevitability of death and the promise of birth Further more dipictions of their rituals on the walls of Egyptian temples and tombs show the pharaoh recieving from Amon the gift of immortality on the form of ankh the hieroglyphic symbol meaning life Also the Osiris myth that the ancient Egyptians believed in vividly describes the idea of resurection which means raising from the dead The promise of life after death seems to have dominated at all levels
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