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    Posted: 25-Oct-2005 at 20:45
I heard many Ancient Egyptian myths, but why were there so many? and Why were there so many Gods and Goddesses?
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  Quote Decebal Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Oct-2005 at 20:56
So what exactly are you asking: what was the Egyptian creation myth, or why the Egyptian reliogion was polytheist?
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  Quote Sharrukin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Oct-2005 at 22:22
You got to bare in mind that Egypt at one time was not a unified state.  Just about each "nome" was a virtually independent state of its own with its own titular god or religion.  These statelets coalesced into two, one where Horus was supreme, and the other where Seth was supreme.  The myths say that Horus was the eventual winner, and as a matter of fact, we know the earliest Egyptian kings by their "Horus-names".   It is for this reason that we have conflicting Egyptian cosmologies and spiritual order of things.  At a certain period such-and-such god was the head god; at another period another god was the head god.  The Egyptians were well aware of these contradictions but they accepted them anyways.  Some of the gods even took on the characteristics of other gods.  It is therefore not really surprising if one finds more than one account as to how the Egyptians saw their universe formed.
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  Quote Maju Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Oct-2005 at 08:11
What about Ammon? It seems like in ancient times Ammon would be more important than Horus, isn't it right? It also seems that the religion of Ammon, centered in Thebes, was still the most important cult in later times, when it is identified with Ra, the Sun.

Instead Seth disappears after the oldest times, only to be revived temporarily by the Hyksos.

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  Quote Sharrukin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Oct-2005 at 09:35
Yes, Amun only comes into prominence when Thebes became the capital.  Before that, Ptah was preeminent because of the position of Memphis.
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  Quote Jhangora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Oct-2005 at 09:53

Does anyone practise the old polytyheistic faith of Egypt.

 

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  Quote Sharrukin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Oct-2005 at 21:13
Doubtful.  Either they were Christianized or Islamized. 
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