By: Cadet Woodring
PYRAMIDS AND GEOGRAPHY
These are the Pyramids of Giza. This pyramid is the largest Pyramid of Giza. The pyramid's smooth, angled sides symbolized the rays of the sun and were designed to help the king's soul ascend to heaven and join the gods, particularly the sun god Ra.
Building the pyramids was a complicated process which needed to be done so the deceased could live comfortably in the after afterlife.
The ancient Egyptians thought of Egypt as being divided into two types of land, the 'black land' and the 'red land'. The 'black land' was the fertile land on the banks of the Nile. The ancient Egyptians used this land for growing their crops.
The steps the mummification process:
1. Remove all internal organs and place in a jar.
2. Let it dry.
3. Cover the body in oils.
4. Wrap the body up.
5. Put the body in the coffin.
It was very important to ancient Egyptian religious beliefs that the human body was preserved. A method of artificial preservation, called mummification was developed by the ancient Egyptians. Mummification was a complicated and lengthy process which lasted up to 70 days.
Religion And Daily Life
Religion guided every aspect of Egyptian life. Egyptian religion was based on polytheism. Religion is one of the most important things in this culture.
Ancient Egypt was a narrow strip of land along the Nile River. Each year the river flooded its banks, leaving behind a fertile fringe of soil they called "the Black Land," while the desert all around the Nile valley was called "the Red Land." It was here the Ancient Egyptians built their homes.
The picture below is the Nile River. Reeds, called papyrus, grew along side the Nile. The Egyptians made paper and boats from the reeds.The Nile also gave the ancient Egyptians food. They used spears and nets to catch fish. They would also use the nets to catch birds.