Ancient Egyptian Beliefs and Traditions

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  • The ancient Egyptians created a complex civilization that continues to be studied over 2,000 years after the death of the last pharaoh. An undercurrent of matters in ancient Egypt was their system of beliefs, at the center of which existed the struggle between order (ma'at) and chaos (isfet). When ma'at reigned, people were happy and prospered. When ma'at was not maintained, isfet occurred, the harvest was unsuccessful, the land was plunged into war, people suffered. Therefore, actions were taken to ensure the preservation of ma'at.

    The ancient Egyptian culture was rich and complex. Numerous rituals were a part of their system of belief and were woven into aspects of life, ranging from the mundane tasks of everyday living to abstract concepts. The religion of ancient Egypt ...

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    • Abortion
    • After-Death Communication
    • Death, Anthropological Perspectives
    • Dance of Death (Danse Macabre)
    • Adolescence and Death
    • Body Disposition
    • Caskets and the Casket Industry
    • Coroner
    • African Beliefs and Traditions
    • Angel Makers
    • Ancestor Veneration, Japanese
    • Appropriate Death
    • Day of the Dead
    • Altruistic Suicide
    • Ariès's Social History of Death
    • Banshee
    • Curses and Hexes
    • Bioethics, History of
    • Assassination
    • Funeral Conveyances
    • Art of Dying, The (Ars Moriendi)
    • Angels
    • Atrocities
    • American Indian Beliefs and Traditions
    • Coroner's Jury
    • Clothing and Fashion, Death-Related
    • Body Farms
    • Adulthood and Death
    • Death-Related Music
    • Death, Clinical Perspectives
    • Ambiguous Loss and Unresolved Grief
    • Accidental Death
    • Acute and Chronic Diseases
    • Anniversary Reaction Phenomenon
    • Death, Humanistic Perspectives
    • Depictions of Death in Art Form
    • Aging, the Elderly, and Death
    • Burial, Paleolithic
    • Commodification of Death
    • Death Certificate
    • Ancient Egyptian Beliefs and Traditions
    • Epidemics and Plagues
    • Animism
    • Awareness of Death in Open and Closed Contexts
    • Funeral Music
    • Assisted Suicide
    • Cloning
    • Death Superstitions
    • Frankenstein
    • Commodification of Death
    • Death Squads
    • Funerals
    • Brain Death
    • Apocalypse
    • Famine
    • Australian Aboriginal Beliefs and Traditions
    • Death-Related Crime
    • Cosmetic Restoration
    • Burial at Sea
    • Appropriate Death
    • Depictions of Death in Sculpture and Architecture
    • Death, Philosophical Perspectives
    • Bereavement, Grief, and Mourning
    • Alcohol Use and Death
    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Chronic Sorrow
    • Death, Psychological Perspectives
    • Depictions of Death in Television and the Movies
    • Childhood, Children, and Death
    • Burial Insurance
    • Cyberfunerals
    • Economic Evaluation of Life
    • Chinese Death Taboos
    • Genocide
    • Armageddon
    • Caregiver Stress
    • Funerals, Military
    • Domestic Violence
    • Cremation Movements
    • Ghost Photography
    • Ghosts
    • Death, Philosophical Perspectives
    • Euthanasia
    • Funerals, State
    • Caregiving
    • Atheism and Death
    • Holocaust
    • Death Care Industry
    • Equivocal Death
    • Death Care Industry, Economics of
    • Burial Laws
    • Databases
    • Elegy
    • Death, Sociological Perspectives
    • Communal Bereavement
    • Anorexia and Bulimia
    • Autoerotic Asphyxia
    • Communicating with the Dead
    • Defining and Conceptualizing Death
    • Literary Depictions of Death
    • Demographic Transition Model
    • Buried Alive
    • Death Mask
    • Estate Planning
    • Egyptian Perceptions of Death in Antiquity
    • Massacres
    • Baptism for the Dead
    • Deathbed Scene
    • Ghost Month
    • Familicide
    • Death Awareness Movement
    • Halloween
    • Mythology
    • Death Education
    • Homicide
    • Halloween
    • Discretionary Death
    • Buddhist Beliefs and Traditions
    • Megadeath and Nuclear Annihilation
    • Funerals and Funeralization in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • Estate Tax
    • Death Notification Process
    • Cannibalism
    • Economic Evaluation of Life
    • Loved One, The
    • Eschatology
    • Condolences
    • Cancer and Oncology
    • Capital Punishment
    • Coping with the Loss of Loved Ones
    • Forensic Anthropology
    • Museums of Death
    • Economic Impact of Death on the Family
    • Cemeteries
    • Embalming
    • Fatwa
    • Kamikaze Pilots
    • School Shootings
    • Christian Beliefs and Traditions
    • End-of-Life Decision Making
    • Holidays of the Dead
    • Honor Killings
    • Death in the Future
    • Witches
    • Zombies, Revenants, Vampires, and Reanimated Corpses
    • Death Superstitions
    • Infanticide
    • Immortality
    • Halo Nurses Program
    • Clergy
    • Terrorism, Domestic
    • Mesoamerican Pre-Columbian Beliefs and Traditions
    • Forensic Anthropology
    • Epitaphs
    • Cemeteries, Ancient (Necropolises)
    • Gender and Death
    • Photography of the Dead
    • Forensic Science
    • Death Anxiety
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Causes of Death, Contemporary
    • Death Education
    • Medicalization of Death and Dying
    • Popular Culture and Images of Death
    • Infant Mortality
    • Cemeteries, Pet
    • Eulogy
    • Forensic Science
    • Social Functions of Death, Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    • Terrorism, International
    • Confucian Beliefs and Traditions
    • Hospice, Contemporary
    • Living a Legacy
    • Lynching and Vigilante Justice
    • Defining and Conceptualizing Death
    • Demographic Transition Model
    • Manslaughter
    • Memorial Day
    • Hospice, History of
    • Daoist Beliefs and Traditions
    • War Deaths
    • Suicide, Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    • Hate Crimes and Death Threats
    • Funeral Director
    • Cemeteries, Unmarked Graves and Potter's Field
    • Life Cycle and Death
    • Pornography, Portrayals of Death in
    • Thanatology
    • Denial of Death
    • Causes of Death, Historical Perspectives
    • Cult Deaths
    • Disenfranchised Grief
    • Taxidermy
    • Life Expectancy
    • Cemeteries, Virtual
    • Funeral Home
    • Inheritance
    • Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, The
    • Deities of Life and Death
    • Informed Consent
    • Mortuary Rites
    • Mass Suicide
    • Deviance, Dying as
    • Disengagement Theory
    • Neonaticide
    • Mythology
    • Isolation
    • Devil
    • Totemism
    • Last Will and Testament
    • Funeral Industry
    • Cemeteries and Columbaria, Military and Battlefield
    • Malthusian Theory of Population Growth
    • Video Games
    • Elegy
    • Databases
    • Death, Line of Duty
    • Friends, Impact of Death of
    • Wax Museums
    • Middle Age and Death
    • Columbarium
    • Funeral Industry, Unethical Practices
    • Legalities of Death
    • Eschatology
    • KÜBler-Ross's Stages of Dying
    • Postself
    • Psychache
    • Economic Evaluation of Life
    • Economic Impact of Death on the Family
    • Serial Murder
    • Sin Eating
    • Life Review
    • Eschatology in Major Religious Traditions
    • Life Insurance
    • Mortuary Science Education
    • Cremation
    • Mortality Rates, Global
    • Gold Star Mothers
    • Disasters, Man-Made
    • Disasters, Natural
    • Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • Mortality Rates, U.S.
    • Cryonics
    • Obituaries, Death Notices, and Necrology
    • Life Insurance Fraud
    • Funerals and Funeralization in Major Religious Traditions
    • Life Support Systems and Life-Extending Technologies
    • Symbolic Immortality
    • Sex and Death
    • Freudian Theory
    • Good Death
    • Sexual Homicide
    • Symbols of Death and Memento Mori
    • Make-A-Wish Foundation
    • Ghost Dance
    • Living Wills and Advance Directives
    • Pre-Need Arrangements
    • Decomposition
    • Race and Death
    • Grief, Bereavement, and Mourning in Historical Perspective
    • Drug Use and Abuse
    • Dueling
    • Grief, Types of
    • Sex and Death
    • Exhumation
    • Medical Examiner
    • Heaven
    • Medicalization of Death and Dying
    • Wakes and Visitation
    • Suicide
    • Language of Death
    • Life Expectancy
    • Suicide Survivors
    • Near-Death Experiences
    • Hell
    • Posthumous Reproduction
    • Funeral Pyre
    • Social Class and Death
    • Grief and Bereavement Counseling
    • Food Poisoning and Contamination
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Grief and Dementia
    • Grave Robbing
    • Psychological Autopsy
    • Hindu Beliefs and Traditions
    • Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
    • Malthusian Theory of Population Growth
    • Personifications of Death
    • Palliative Care
    • Jewish Beliefs and Traditions
    • Viatical Settlements
    • Green Burials
    • Humor and Fear of Death
    • Karoshi
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Instrumental Grieving: Gender Differences
    • Mummies of Ancient Egypt
    • Wrongful Death
    • Jihad
    • Pediatric Palliative Care
    • Right-to-Die Movement
    • Stephenson's Historical Ages of Death in the United States
    • Persistent Vegetative State
    • Last Judgment, The
    • Mummification, Contemporary
    • Lamentations
    • Medical Mistakes
    • Military Executions
    • Memorials
    • Necrophilia
    • Martyrs and Martyrdom
    • Quality of Life
    • Terror Management Theory
    • Thanatology
    • Resuscitation
    • Muslim Beliefs and Traditions
    • Neomort
    • Memorials, Quilts
    • Miscarriage and Stillbirth
    • Neonatal Deaths
    • Memorials, Roadside
    • Putrefaction Research
    • Mythology
    • Terminal Care
    • Terminal Illness and Imminent Death
    • Necromancy
    • Second Burial
    • Memorials, War
    • Prison Deaths
    • Spontaneous Combustion
    • Missing in Action (MIA)
    • Tomb of the Unknowns
    • Reincarnation
    • Resurrection
    • Tombs and Mausoleums
    • Monuments
    • Subintentional Death
    • Sudden Death
    • Orphans
    • Tombstones
    • Shinto Beliefs and Traditions
    • Soul
    • Postself
    • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
    • Tobacco Use
    • Spontaneous Shrines
    • Spiritualist Movement
    • Spirituality
    • Suicide, Counseling and Prevention
    • War Deaths
    • Survivor Guilt
    • Transcending Death
    • Valhalla
    • Widows and Widowers
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