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Ancestral Cults in Ancient Egypt  

Juan Carlos Moreno García

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Aug 2016
The ancestor cult was a common feature of pharaonic society, aiming to provide social cohesion to extended families as well as close intermediaries with the netherworld. As active members ... More

Ancient Egyptian Religion  

Korshi Dosoo

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Sep 2018
While ancient Egyptians had no conception of religion as a distinct sphere of life, modern scholars have identified a wide range of Egyptian beliefs and practices relating to the divine. ... More

Archaeology of Ancient Religions  

Caitlín E. Barrett

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Aug 2016
Archaeology is essential to the cross-cultural study of religion. Archaeologists’ focus on material evidence enables them to investigate groups not represented or underrepresented in ... More

Art and Religion in Ancient Greece and Rome  

Robin Osborne and Caroline Vout

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May 2016
One of the challenges shared across cultures and faiths is the intangible, ineffable nature of the divine. One problematic, yet theologically productive, solution to this problem is to ... More

Egypt in the Old Testament  

Christopher Hays

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Jan 2018
The relationship between Egypt and ancient Israel and Judah was far more complex than is often recognized. Egypt figures prominently in their national myths of origin as a way station for ... More

Festivals in Ancient Greece and Rome  

Fritz Graf

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May 2016
Festivals are periods of time, cut out from daily life, during which a group performs activities that are most often thought of as communications with the superhuman world. Festival names ... More

Gods in Ancient Egypt  

Oskar Kaelin

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Nov 2016
The ancient Egyptians were surrounded by various manifestations of their many gods. Though their gods usually lived in heaven or in the netherworlds, they were permanently represented on ... More

Greek and Roman Priests and Religious Personnel  

Robert Garland

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Apr 2016
The Christian word “priest,” which is generally used to translate the Greek word hiereus and the Latin word sacerdos, only inadequately captures the essence of how those who bore this ... More

Objects and Ancient Religions  

Jay Johnston

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Aug 2016
Objects are implicit in understanding ancient religious practice. Taken as any material artifact used by an individual practitioner, faith community, or religious hierarchy for devotional ... More

Religion and Humanity in Mesopotamian Myth and Epic  

Louise Pryke

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Aug 2016
Concepts of religion and humanity form an integral component of Mesopotamian narrative literature, and these ideas are evidenced in the frequent exploration of themes involving mortality ... More

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