Death & the Egyptian Afterlife
The ancient Egyptian afterlife was the holy grail of religious beliefs. Getting there was fraught with obstacles and challenges, preparing for death was an important and sometimes elaborate affair, and once in it, you’d still have to work like you did during your life on earth.
Because of all those reasons, and a few more, the ancient Egyptians seem to us to have been a death-obsessed culture. From the intricate mummification process, to the gigantic pyramid tombs, to death masks of solid gold, they seem to have put much of their energy and effort towards the Egyptian afterlife more than life in Egypt.
But digging below the surface, we can begin to understand why that could have been the case.
First of all, they didn’t live as long as we did. Secondly, their heaven was almost a replica of their beloved land of the Nile. They also desired to be among the same loved ones they had during their lives.
So it can now seem like they loved their mortal lives so much that they just wanted death to be a continuation of the same.
On this section of the website, we’ll take a look at the entire process and related beliefs, from pre-death preparations, to how they managed the underworld journey, to what they did if they got to heaven.
The below sections are still being updated, so they remain empty for now. But you can take a look at these pages in the meantime:
Hold on there charioteer! This page may look like a bunch of gibberish (or hieroglyphics) right now, but that’s because I am busy updated its content and getting it all pretty for you.
- Love Songs
- Ancient Egyptian Dogs
- Egyptian Goddess Maat
- The Opening of the Mouth Ceremony
- Protection Symbols
Or browse around to see if you can uncover the hidden treasure. But at your own risk – you might find a few empty articles still waiting to be fixed up.
Mummification & Burial
Journey Through the Underworld
The Egyptian Afterlife
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