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{#AtoZChallenge} Valley of the Kings

Since the beginning of the New Kingdom, pharaohs were no longer buried in pyramids. Instead, they were placed in tombs that were cut into the cliffs of the Valley of the Kings. The Valley of the Kings consists of two remote, desert valleys that come together on the west bank of the Nile, across from… Continue reading {#AtoZChallenge} Valley of the Kings

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{#AtoZChallenge} Ka (The Egyptian Life Force)

Ka is the essence that makes the difference between the living and the dead. The concept of ka had undergone changes over the millennia and had different meanings depending on the social settings. Various translations include soul, life-force, and will. The closest translation in English is “life-creating force.” It was portrayed in several ways: a… Continue reading {#AtoZChallenge} Ka (The Egyptian Life Force)

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{#AtoZChallenge} Ib (The Egyptian Heart)

I was originally going to do a post on the goddess Isis (since she is a major part of my writing) when I remembered I already had written and posted an article about her. If you like to read that post, you’ll find it here. And today, I’m going to speak a little bit about… Continue reading {#AtoZChallenge} Ib (The Egyptian Heart)

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{#AtoZChallenge} False Doors

False doors are a stylized representation of an actual door, which allowed the deities’ or the deceased’s spirits metaphysical access to and from the temple or tomb. The majority of false doors are found in tombs and mortuary temples. They were placed on the west wall of the offering chamber. The west being associated with… Continue reading {#AtoZChallenge} False Doors

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{#AtoZChallenge} Emerging in Daytime

According to the ancient Egyptians, death occurred when the ka (life energy) was recalled by Osiris into the afterlife and separated from the body. The ba (soul) then had to travel into Duat to reunite with its ka. When this happened, the individual became known as an akh, or transfigured spirit. The newly transfigured spirit… Continue reading {#AtoZChallenge} Emerging in Daytime

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{#AtoZChallenge} Duat

In Egypt, death was not a termination, but a transition. A way to move on to eternal life. The afterlife is nearly a mirror-image of life on earth. However, Duat (also known as the netherworld) relates more to hell in today’s religions. The word Duat is a very old one. It describes a place of… Continue reading {#AtoZChallenge} Duat

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{#AtoZChallenge} Canopic Jars

Canopic jars were used to separate and contain the internal organs of the deceased. These were placed in the burial chamber with the sarcophagus. During the mummification process, ancient Egyptians went to great lengths to ensure the preservation of the entire body for the afterlife, particularly the vital organs. These organs (the lungs, liver, stomach… Continue reading {#AtoZChallenge} Canopic Jars