The Cult Of The Living And The Dead
The ancient Egyptians worshipped their gods through daily cult carried out in temples and annual festivals. From the New Kingdom onwards there is also evidence of worship in the home of both ancestors and deities. The cult of the dead was based upon the belief that the spiritual elements of the deceased could reside in a mummified body or a statue. To sustain them offerings of food and drink should be made. This course will study the objects which were used to maintain the cult of the gods and the deceased, including statues, stelae and coffins. Tomb and temple scenes and books of the afterlife will also be considered which illustrate religious practice.