Egyptian Pyramaids

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Every ancient civilization developed their own inimitable methods of producing art- some artworks were based on religious aspects and some for the impulse of creating it. One such civilization that produced the world's most impressive art form, which exists even till today, are the Egyptians. They were the ones who gifted our world with the most impressive monuments, belonging to the ancient world, Pyramids. The Egyptian pyramids, "one of the most beautiful and complex mysteries of the modern world", are set "against the exotic backdrop of the Egyptian desert" (1). The root cause of creating such massive and impressive monuments lies in the cultural believes or religion of the Egyptians.

In the ancient times, Egyptians believed in the resurrection of the soul and the immortal life in the spirit world after death. For example, they believed that the soul, ka, would first leave the body for a while when a human dies, and it would return to the body again- uniting with it for the remaining journey into the spirit world and immortally.

Thus, since the human body "had to be preserved for the re-entry, the Egyptians developed embalming" (2). Along with these believes, the Egyptians held the thought that "when the pharaoh died, he became Osiris, king of the dead", and the "new pharaoh became Horus, god of the heavens and protector of the sun god" (3). Since the pharaoh's ka was believed to be with his body in his afterlife, "it was thought that if the corpse did not have proper care, the former pharaoh would not be able to carry out his new duties as king of the dead. If this happened, the cycle would be broken and disaster would befall Egypt" (3). For this reason, in an attempt to prevent such catastrophe, the Egyptians...