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Ancient Egypt for Kids
Gods & Goddesses
 

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The ancient Egyptians worshiped a whole bunch of gods, over  2000 of them. Their gods were very unique. 

In the ancient world around the Mediterranean, most civilizations had gods that looked like people, at least sort of like people. This was not true in ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptian gods had animal heads or green bodies or something that set them apart from people.  

In the ancient world around the Mediterranean, most civilizations were afraid of angering their gods. This was not true in ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians were not afraid of their gods, or at least, not of most of them. People prayed in the temples for what they wanted. But if they did not get it, they might give the temple statue a little whack with a reed, to let the gods know how disappointed they were. The ancient Egyptians were practical. They knew they could not get everything they wanted. They totally believed that the gods were on their side.  

In the ancient world around the Mediterranean, most civilizations built many temples to honor their gods. But each temple honored only one god. This was not true in ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians worshiped over 2000 gods. There were many cities built along the Nile River. These cities built many temples. But temples were used to honor one or more gods, usually many gods. The statues in a temple were called temple gods. You could pray to the temple gods. The temple god would get the word to the god you wanted to reach. 


Meet the Many 
Gods & Goddesses 
of Ancient Egypt
 

How the Gods Began (short story)

Egypt - The Big Myth, Creation Story

Ancient Egyptian Gods (Interactive) 

Ancient Egyptian Gods Games & Stories

Ancient Egyptian Tall Tales

The Cat

Stories about Ancient Egypt, some animated

Free Ancient Egyptian Gods Clipart

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