The Ancient Egyptians

Ngebray.com,- The ancient Egyptians civilization began around 3000 BCE and lasted to 30 BCE. They worshipped many gods. Their gods were worshipped in the form of animals. One of the most important was Ra, the sun god. The Egyptians believed Ra had created the world for humans to live in. Every day Ra brought light to the world. In the morning, he rose in the sky. In the evening, he went down too the underworld. He rode through the underworld in a boat, only to rise and be reborn again. He had a sun disk on his hawk’s head.

RA (Illustrated by pareeerica)

RA (Illustrated by pareeerica)

Beautiful temples were built to honour Ra, and priests sang hymns to him. The kings of ancient Egypt, known as Pharaohs (Firaun), were believed to be sons of Ra.

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As well as Ra, the ancient Egyptians worshipped many other gods and goddesses, such as Osiris, Isis, Anubis, Thoth, Bastet and Hathor. But around 1360 BCE (Before the Common Era), Pharaoh Amenhotep IV decided there would be only one god-a sun god he called “Aten”. Amenhotep changed his name to “Akhenaten”, which means “he who serves Aten”.

Aten (Picture from amazon.com)

Aten (Picture from amazon.com)

However, the people preferred their old gods. When Akhenaten died, they turned back to the old gods. The worship of Aten was over.