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Overview of Egyptian gods

The nascent stages of ancient Egyptian mythology were presumably influenced by the natural surroundings and events affecting Egypt itself. For example, the cyclic pattern of the sun and seasonal pattern of Nile floods (that enriched the soil) played their crucial roles in establishing the water and the sun as symbols of life. The very geographical core of the ancient Egyptian civilization – the fertile Nile Delta, was surrounded by arid lands and deserts (populated by fringe groups of raiders and nomads). Inspired by these real-time scenarios, the ancient Egyptians regarded their land as the haven for tranquil stability, which in turn was ringed by swathes of lawless realms – thus essentially creating the trichotomy of order, chaos, and renewal; themes that are integral to the Egyptian gods and goddesses.

On the other hand, historical events also played their part in ‘shaping’ the Egyptian gods and goddesses by the end of the Predynastic Period, circa 3100 BC. This was the epoch when Egyptian pharaohs united both the Upper and Lower realms, which in turn made such kings the focus of adulation in the religious context. Furthermore, the progression of history is not linear, and as such many of the Egyptian deities evolved (and merged) into variant entities and aspects, mirroring the preference of the ruling classes of the said period. Taking these multifarious factors into consideration, let us take a gander at the fifteen ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses you should know about

Click this link for a colorful view of 15 of the main Egyptian deities:
Ancient Egyptian Gods And Goddesses