Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

Religion was central to the lives of the ancient Egyptians and central to their religion were the gods and goddesses they worshipped.

The ancient Egyptians worshipped a multitude of gods and goddesses. The gods and goddesses that they believed in were divine personifications of all that was important to them. There were gods of the cosmos, the afterlife, childbirth, grain and even drunkenness and merriment. The ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses could take many different human and animal forms. The myths that evolved around the various gods and goddesses were a means of explaining the unknown, such as why it was dark at night.

Worship often invovled making offerings to the gods, accompanied by invocation, in order to ensure their continued and benign presence in the lives of people.

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