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Some Thoughts On Religious Change At Deir El-Medina

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This chapter combines both synchronic and diachronic perspectives by tracing the religious preference of Deir el-Medina families through several generations. One extended family from among the Deir el-Medina workmen was selected to illustrate some of the changes that took place in the popularity of some of the village's cults: that descended from the draftsman Pay (XIX), son of Ipu. It is interesting, that as one of the founding generation of the Deir el-Medina workmen, Pay's solar and celestial emphasis does appear to give ground to Theban divinities, who figure more prominently in the monumental dedications of his sons and grandchildren. Preliminary research on families who appear to have come into the village later, or at the very least become prominent only in Dynasty suggests, however, that there was a pronounced swing towards the cults of Meretseger, in particular, and a continued prominence of the Theban triad.

Keywords: Deir El-medina; draftsman Pay (XIX); Meretseger; Theban divinities



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