The history of ancient Egypt is a vast and captivating story. From our biblical forefathers to modern day scholars, many people have been fascinated by the Egyptian Gods and Godesses.
The ancient Egyptian civilization came into existence nearly 5,000 years ago as Egypt’s civilization arose along the banks of the Nile, a rich mythology was born, emerging from the fables and beliefs of the first Egyptians.
The ancient Egyptians believed that, in the beginning, the world was a dark watery chaos.
More than any other ancient culture, the Egyptians were fascinated by the mystery of death, and they put as much effort into creating a “good life” in the next world as they did in this world.
The gods of ancient Egypt were complex supernatural immortal beings who merged and evolved during Egypt’s long history.
Even those gods and goddesses with distinct identities were often combined into one, sharing attributes, signs, and duties.
Many different myths existed to explain how life in ancient Egypt began.
One such story told how a giant blue lotus flower grew out of the water and, as its petals opened, sunshine flooded the world.
The temple at Heliopolis had its own version of how the first gods emerged.
The story told that the first Egyptian god Atum-Ra, whom sneezed and spat out the god Shu and the goddess Tefnut.
A simpler version of the creation story told that the god Ptah created all beings – the gods, humans and animals- through the thoughts in his heart and the words from his mouth.
However, the world began, the ancient Egyptians believed that the world would sink back into chaos unless people behaved well and did not allow the powers of evil to take over.
It was the duty of every Egyptian, with the help of many gods and goddesses on whom he could call, to make sure that did not happen.