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Structure and Change in Ancient Egyptian Religion

Structure and Change in Ancient Egyptian Religion

Chapter:
(p.7) 1 Structure and Change in Ancient Egyptian Religion
Source:
From Akhenaten to Moses
Author(s):
Jan Assmann
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166310.003.0002

Religion is defined as comprising three dimensions: cult, theology, and lifestyle. Ancient Egyptian religion is shown to be exceptional in all three of them: the role of the state (cult), the extreme evolution of the concepts of the divine (theology), and the transcendental foundation of lifestyle (judgment of the dead).

Keywords:   cult, sacred kingship, cosmotheism, monotheism, ethics

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