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Ancient Egyptian Cults

Cults were the formal structure used for the worship of Egyptian gods. With regard to ancient Egypt, this structure included the priests who performed rituals associated with the gods, who were often manifested in the form of statues in the temples of worship. The center of the Egyptian cult was the temple, a sacred space bounded by a wall, which excluded the profane.

 
Temples might be called a "house" or "chapel", or "chapel of the god", which includes a section of the temple dedicated to the needs of the world. Inside the sanctuary of the temple was the cult statue, which served as housing for the god worshiped in the center of worship, but there could have more than one and in many temples.


Ancient Egyptian Cults

Rituals of worship were actually a dialogue between the gods, and therefore the king (or a substitute for the priestly king) acted in the exercise of God as a god.Until the Middle Kingdom, the spheres of government and religion are not separated, but in the 18th Dynasty, a special priesthood was established. Rituals around the offerings, but there were certainly many other rituals, including many daily functions such as washing clothes and gods (or at least the statue of the gods).  
 
Other rituals took the form of celebrations when, for example, a god could be taken to visit the center of worship of another, and it is during these festivals that common Egyptians probably came closest to their gods, at other times, they were banned from the sanctuaries that housed cult statues. At first the cult, and elsewhere, the benefits of religion and women who served as his god was limited to the king, for most, if many functions and rituals were performed by his substitutes (the priests). 
 
 Common Egyptians could mostly only hope that the king took his religious duties seriously, or else they could expect to suffer from famine or other disasters or for that matter, any chance of the afterlife . As time passed, religion has become more popularized, so that it in Egyptian history, common Egyptians to defend their own ways of worshiping and being accepted by their gods.
 
 Increasingly, the common Egyptians built their sanctuaries in homes for personal devotion, or at other times, small public shrines where they could worship and pray together. However, throughout Egyptian history, common Egyptians were limited in scope that they can participate in the worship centers of the state.
 
 
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