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What did ancient Egyptians believe about the afterlife?

Ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife which they referred to as the Field of Reeds. This belief is evidenced by the numerous tombs, artwork, and hieroglyphs found throughout the ancient culture. The Field of Reeds was thought to be a paradise, where the deceased could live in comfort and happiness. It was believed that the deceased's soul, or ka, would journey to the Field of Reeds after death. This journey required navigating through a series of tests and challenges, such as the weighing of the heart, before being granted entry.

In the Field of Reeds, the deceased was thought to be reunited with their family and friends who had passed before them. They were said to be able to enjoy the same activities they had in life, such as fishing, hunting, and farming. It was also believed that the deceased could communicate with their living relatives through dreams, visions, and sacrifices.

The afterlife was of great importance to the ancient Egyptians, as evidenced by the elaborate tombs and mummification rituals. The tombs were meant to protect the deceased and their possessions, so that they may enjoy them in the afterlife. Mummification was thought to help the deceased's body survive the journey to the Field of Reeds, and to preserve it for eternity.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife was a place of joy and contentment, and they went to great lengths to ensure that their loved ones would be able to reach it.

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