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For questions on the myths, legends, and religious beliefs of the people of Ancient Egypt.

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Why did Egyptian Gods have animal heads?

Most Egyptian gods have animal heads. Why is that?
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In ancient Egypt what did the Ba and the Ka represent?

In ancient Egypt what did the Ba and the Ka represent? They were parts of the soul but why two parts?
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Do Egyptian myths provide explanations for the shape of the pyramid?

Pyramids are iconic structures from Ancient Egypt. But why did the ancient Egyptians shape their pyramids in a, well, pyramidal shape? These are not exactly intuitively shaped tombs. Some research ...
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How does merging of two gods actually work?

The only two examples I can remember at the moment are: Ra merging with Horus In later Egyptian dynastic times, Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Ra-Horakhty ("Ra, who is Horus of the Two ...
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Why did Heracles transform into a fawn, during the gods flight to Egypt?

In some tellings of Typhon's revolt, the gods take animal forms and flee to Egypt in panic. The version in the Metamorphoses of Antoninus Liberalis references Nicander of Colophon and explicitly ...
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Most gods in Egyptian pantheons are with animal faces? [duplicate]

Why there are gods with animal faces but human bodies in Egyptian pantheons? Are they out-numbered the human-faced ones? From biological perspective human is weak in physical (body) but strong in ...