Ancient egyptian religion was not based on a set of theological principles, but rather the gods were connected to nature and the elements (earth, air, fire and water), or to animals. the ancient egyptians believed in the infinite powers of the universe, and respected and worshiped each element that comprised it; they believed that the divine existed in everything. respect and veneration for animals was fundamental in all their traditions. they were given important status throughout the ancient egyptians’ life and afterlife. the gods (almost 80) were represented as humans, animals or a combination of human and animal form. the ancient egyptians also believed that many of their gods and goddesses were reincarnated on earth as animals, and honored these animals in and around ancient egyptian temples, through daily rituals and annual festivals. they offered them food, drink and clothing.
perhaps the ancient egyptians, like the vast majority of ancient cultures, understood perfectly the value of natural life and knew that protecting and preserving it was of vital importance to their very existence. today, human beings should re-nourish ourselves with that intimate understanding of the natural laws that those cultures had, in order to preserve what we still have left.
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