Egyptian Relgion

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James Henry Breasted put it best when he said, "There is no force in the life of ancient man that influence of which so pervades all his activities as does that of the religious faculty." This really says a lot about the Egyptian way of life. Everything they did, and everywhere they went they worshipped their god.

Nun was called "the father of the gods", but he didn't get worshipped or have any temples built for him. Nun had a child named Re.

Re, which is the god of the sun, means "˜creator' and is the name of the sun. How Re was born was in the stomach of Nun, which is where he could not be killed. In his stomach, Re enclosed himself in the bud of a lotus until he rose by the effort of the abyss.

Each day Re was born as a child and died as an old man.

Re had many followers and worshippers. He created the first universe different from the present world. He governed the world from a place called "˜Prince's Palace' where he lived. He had an archenemy by the name of Apep (a serpent who lived in the Nile). Soon Re vanquished Apep and casted him back to the abyss, but before he got casted back to the abyss Apep had children. Re had two children, Shu and Tefnut who gave birth to Geb and Nut. Geb and Nut had four children Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys. Re is represented in many ways.

One way as a child resting on the lotus from which he was born. Another way is as a man seated or walking whose head is surmounted by a solar disk.

Shu was born from Re without having sex with a woman. His name comes from the verb...