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History 6, Review Essay 6 – Why Death was Important to the Egyptians

This week I learned about the ancient Egyptians culture and lives. I could go on rambling for a while about how the ancient Egyptians are awesome; however, I have to write about why the Egyptians thought that death was so important.

The ancient Egyptians believed that when you died your soul will split into two, called Ka and Ba. Ka and Ba? What kind of names are those? I don’t know what kind of names those are, however I can tell you what Ka and Ba represent. The Ba was the half of the soul that can pass through the afterlife and the living world. In hieroglyphics, Ba is a creature with the body of a bird, but has the head of a human. The Egyptians thought that birds could fly through after life and the living world. The Ka can leave the tomb, the body. But has to come back. The Ka is usually represented by a picture of the person who died, and next to it a bigger version of the person. The Ka was believed to need the same nutrients and food that humans need. The Egyptians believed that the Ka and the Ba would both leave during the day; the Ba left the tomb and watched over the dead person’s family. The Ka flew off to enjoy the in the Land of Two Fields. At night both parts of the soul came back to the tomb to rest up for the next day.

As you can see, dying wasn’t something people fear; it was something that sounded awesome. I hope you learned something from today’s essay. Thanks for reading. Please feel free to give feedback.


Author: sophiaelahirpc

Part-time 10th Grade student in the Ron Paul Curriculum. Full-time teen writer living in Singapore.

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