Religious Beliefs and Practices of the Ancient Egyptians


Patrick Goodman
published on 28 October 2020

Religion was interwoven throughout the life of ancient Egypt, and was connected to Egyptian mythology, science, and medicine to name a few. From the mightiest Pharaonic king to the farmers harvesting abundant wheat harvests, the belief of magic (Heka) and balance (Ma'at) helped ancient Egyptians understand their place in the universe.

By honoring the principle of ma'at (personified as a goddess of the same name holding the white feather of truth) and living one's life in accordance with its precepts, one was aligned with the gods and the forces of light against the forces of darkness and chaos, and assured one's self of a welcome reception in the Hall of Truth after death and a gentle judgment by Osiris, the Lord of the Dead.

Sarcophagus of Ramesses III
Sarcophagus of Ramesses III
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Patrick Goodman
Patrick is a librarian with a background in paper-based materials preservation. He enjoys discovering both the shared and defining characteristics of ancient societies, and how the past still shapes us today.

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