Egypt's Culture

Natalia L, Gregory K, and Sabina T

Culture in Egypt

Culture is the beliefs, customs, arts, etc. of a particular society or group. It is their own beliefs and ways of life. There is culture for many reasons. Culture separates us by our beliefs, it makes us different and it gives us order and a way of life. Culture is also needed to sustain a civilization and because of past traditions and beliefs. There are five ways culture impacted the River Valley Civilizations. The first way culture impacted the River Valley Civilizations is religion. Religion is what influences how people act and their daily activities. The second way culture impacted the River Valley Civilizations is writing. Writing allows us to keep records and it changed how history was kept. Another way is architecture. Architecture allowed people to learn subjects like mathematics, science, and engineering. The fourth way culture impacted the River Valley Civilizations is innovations. Innovations changed the way people do things and they made the gaps between social classes increase. The last way is achievements. Achievements made the way we do things more advanced and developed. Culture was very important and it still is today. The culture developments during the River Valley Civilizations made the largest impact on the people.

Gallery of Egypt's Culture

Egypt's Religion Controlled and Determined Most of Daily Life Activities

The Egyptians’ every day lives were filled with hard work and little appreciation. Some parts of their daily agenda was:

  • They worshipped the gods and worked for the pharaohs by decorating the walls of the temples, decorating the tombs for the pharaohs, working at temples during flood season, gathering crops and offering food and drinks to the gods as thanks, and priests would go worship the pharaohs for about a month.

  • Noble women were in charge of temples and religious rites. They also used their position to influence the pharaoh, and acted as regents to the pharaoh until he could rule on his own.

The Egyptians also had their own religion and beliefs. Some examples are:

  • Boys of the higher classes were taught hieroglyphs, and spent years learning them all. All children of the upper class were provided much play time. Kids in the lower class had much work to do, and would have to be taught by their parents whatever they wanted to learn, since they didn’t go to school.

  • The people were polytheistic, which means they believed in many gods, such as Amon (king of gods), and Re (sun god), which were combined to make Amon-Re. There was also Osiris (god of the dead), Isis (the mother goddess), Horus (god of the sky), Thoth (god of knowledge), Anubis (Osiris’ helper), Sobek (water god), and Nūt (sky goddess).

  • They also looked forward to death, because they believed in the afterlife, where they would live their lives once again in another world, a better world. When someone died, they mummified the dead bodies, using mummification. They felt that in the afterlife, their souls would like to have their bodies too, so the wrapping kept their bodies from decaying. They then buried them in a tomb with many objects that person cherished, or things that person might need in the afterlife. They also had this book called The Book of The Dead, that was a series of written spells they believed would help them in the afterlife.

Egypt's Writing

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Egypt's Innovations

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Culture in Egypt

In conclusion, culture had the biggest impact on people in the River Valley Civilizations. There are five ways that impacted people the most, which are religion, writing, architecture, innovations, and achievements. Religion influenced how people act, and what they did in their daily lives. Writing allows us to keep records and it changed how history was kept. Architecture allowed people to learn subjects like mathematics, science, and engineering. Innovations changed the way people do things and they made the gaps between social classes increase. Achievements made the way we do things more advanced and developed. Culture was very important and it still is today. Culture has had the biggest impact on people because of these things. Culture determine their daily life, changed how history was kept, impacted their studies, influenced the creation of jobs and social classes, and lead to more complex economic and military systems. All of these are important things to have in a high-standard civilization, and they all come from culture.