By Adolf Erman
The quantity the following translated seemed initially in 1904...The Egyptian faith appeals to a couple as a result of its never-ending number of shape, and the numerous levels of superstition and trust that it represents; to others due to its early reputation of a excessive ethical precept, its problematic conceptions of a existence after demise, and its reference to the improvement of Christianity; to others back without doubt since it explains beautiful issues expensive to the collector of antiquities, and standard items in museums. F. LL. GRIFFITH. (1907 - translator)
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Buildings or to the peculiar conditions of the building site, or to other special circumstances. There is, however, a small number of temples entirely divergent from this type mliich we must not omit to mention, as it includes the temple of Abu Gurab, which has so greatly enriched the Berlin Museum. These are the temples of the sun of the fifth dynasty, which have been supposed, with some degree of probability> to be copies of the celebrated teniple of the sun a t Heliopolis, which is lost t o us.
Great of appeayance i n Abydos; t o whonzjzcsti$cation wasgiven before tlze nine assenzbled gods, foy whom thejudgment was set in the great hall, which is at Her-wer. Before whom the great ones of nziglzt feared; before whom the gwat ones rose up 1 p n z their nzats. For zolaom X h u hath aroused fear, and whose power TefiLet hath created. Egypt eonae bowing down, became his fear is so great, and his might so powerful? Beyond this this priestly poet could find nothing to say of this most human of ali the gods.
We have already seen how the Egyptians of the earliest times frequently conceived of their gods in animal form. The sky as a cow, the sun as a sparrowhawk, the moon as an ibis, the god of the dead as a jackal, the water god as a crocodile. These were symbols, necessary t o mankind when they sought to express themselves metaphorically. We ourselves cannot avoid such figures of speech; we speak of the hand of God, and the mouth of God, and when we think of Him personally, we instinctively think of Him in the form of an old man.
A handbook of Egyptian religion by Adolf Erman