Ancient Egypt: What is life after death?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In ancient Egypt, life after death was seen as something pretty similar to life before death.  People were going to have lives more or less like the ones they have on this earth.  It was for that reason that the pharaohs, for example, were mummified.

We know that Egyptians believed in an afterlife like this because many of the tombs (of people rich enough to have them) have paintings that show the dead as young people.  That is so that they will (they hope) have those bodies again after they die.

One other thing is that the Egyptians believed that they needed to know exactly the right things to say to the gods after death to be able to get eternal life.

mkcapen1 | Student

The Egyptians believed that when one died whatever he had in life he could also have in the hereafter with the exceptions of the gaining of a few more rewards.  This theory worked well for the Pharaohs who were deemed as gods.  However, for the slaves and servants and even the wives, it was not always so beneficial.  They would often be put to death so that they could accompany the Pharaoh into the next life.  Even fruits, flowers, jewels, animals, and other worldly riches were entombed in order to travel to the hereafter.

People were mummified in order to keep their bodies as intact as possible.  Their organs were placed in vessels.  In some cases boats were buried with the pharaohs for making their journey.


ouichef13 | Student

I think it's callled After life. I know it sounds obvious. But Pharaohs and Rulers  had a different after life than farmers and agriculturers.  

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