2012/09/06

Ancient Egyptian Priests

A society based on religion is bound to give a huge respect and regard the priests, the souls of the sacred knowledge. The high priests were appointed as the pharaohs could not perform all the ceremonies everywhere. Priesthood deeply rooted in the Egyptian traditions. Priests often passed down their positions from father to son. They enjoyed great power and wealth in Egyptian society. Neglecting the needs of the gods, they believed, would invite problems.Funeral rites, teaching school, supervising the artists and works, and advising people on problems have been made by them.

Ancient Egyptian Priests


In the morning, the high priest breaks the seal, lights a torch to walk god, said the prayer, incense burners, washing the statue put on clean clothes and jewelry and it offers places for food and drink with him. Singers offer hymns of praise to God. At the end of the day, the priest out of the sanctuary, sweeping his footsteps as he goes, and seals the sacral region again.
New priests were often chosen by the Pharaoh. Often parents choose Pharaoh fill positions in the temples most powerful and influential. The priests were transferred and promoted by the Pharaoh. The priests had to meet certain requirements when they have done their duty. Ritual purity was important.


They were only allowed to wear linen or clothing to herbal. Items of clothing that have been done on animals are not allowed. They were required to shave her head and body every day.
Temples were connected lakes where they had to take cold baths. During the service of the temple, a priest had to shave off all his body hair, even eyebrows. They had to practice sexual abstinence. The sacred scrolls are read out loud by the "kher heb", the lector priest, who is obliged to read directly from the papyrus book held open in his hands. He should recite exactly as they are written. Netjar hem or high priest had to take care of the god and the god needs to act as a servant of God.


Women from noble families were accepted as "netjers Hemet" already in the Old Kingdom. Usually, they were attached to the goddesses. The High Priest is also called the first prophet and could in turn delegate Prophets Second, Third and Fourth as representatives. The priesthood was divided into four groups, namely phyles and phyle worked every third month. The god in the form of a statue was housed in a shrine, the naos, which was built of stone or wood was placed in the intimate room of the temple. The statue could be made of stone, gold or gilded wood, inlaid with semi-precious stones.


Then the food and drink was put before the god. It was a demonstration of the best we could find; meat, roast chicken, bread, fruit, vegetables, beer, wine, and everything in large quantities on own temple kitchens, gardens and firm and high quality. Offerings of flowers always included.


Ancient Egyptian Beliefs

Egypt is in Africa and the Middle East. The ancient name of Egypt is "black earth" Kemet meaning. He received his name due to the fertility of black soil found in the plains of the Nile River flowing through Egypt.

Egypt is also known for its historical monuments such as the Giza pyramid complex and even the Egyptian civilization holds a lot of importance. Egypt is a country with a political and cultural significance for the Middle East. Egypt gets its English name from various sources such as Egypt word French, Latin and Greek Aegyptus Aigyptos old.

Ancient Egyptian Beliefs

Ancient Egyptian Beliefs



The ancient Egyptians believed strongly in God and life after death. The rule of the Pharaohs was placed on the foundation of the divine right of kings. The Egyptians believed that to please the gods they should make offerings and pray to God. Gods were worshiped in temples which were under the care of priests who acted on behalf of the king.

The statue of the god was placed at the heart of the temple. It is only on some rare occasions where the statue of the god was opened for public worship. After the New Kingdom, the king's role as a mediator between God and men were less important. In fact, priests have created a system of revelation in which people can communicate directly with God.

Another prevailing belief was that humans are physical and spiritual aspects and each person has his own shadow, the soul, the life force and a name. It was believed that the heart is the place of emotions and thoughts. After the death of the person, the ultimate goal of the deceased was to unite his life force and soul must be regarded as the "blessed dead".