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date: 18 September 2021

p. 1268. Religion: Egyptian gods and templeslocked

p. 1268. Religion: Egyptian gods and templeslocked

  • Ian Shaw


Throughout the history of Egyptian religion, the cults of minor deities were continually being absorbed into those whose cults were more favoured or widespread by the rulers of that time. ‘Religion: Egyptian gods and temples’ considers why Egyptian religion is among the most difficult topics to understand for Egyptologists. A lot of surviving Egyptian art is connected with religion, but often it is easier to describe than analyse or interpret. Did Egyptians imagine their deities to exist in the real world as hybrids of human and non-human characteristics? Or did they create these images as elaborate symbols and metaphors to represent the characteristics of their deities?

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