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Creation Stories In Ancient Egypt

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This chapter approaches the sum of written and visual sources for ancient Egyptian creation motifs as an applied religious poetry imbued with views specific to that culture on matter, body, embryo, and the nature of the divine. The perception of creation as emergence of sun, sky, earth, and society is not the only means by which the ancient Egyptian sources express the mysteries of first life. Several other deities are prominent in the surviving record across Egypt, in addition to the generations unfurling from Ra to Horus. The visual imagery is not only as important as the written sources in the surviving record from ancient Egypt; at the most formal level of expression the written and visual are intricately interwoven to create a single horizon of eternity.

Keywords: ancient Egyptian creation motifs; Horus; Ra; religious poetry; visual imagery



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