The Thirtieth Dynasty instituted a style of

The Egyptians idea of the origin and the nature of the
cosmos help us to understand the ultimate decline of their deities for the
inherent vulnerability of the gods is an integral part of Egyptian mythology
and one which has important ramification for our understanding of the ancient
religion. Perhaps Egypt’s gods progressively anthropomorphized they
increasingly took on the weakness and limitation of their human subjects.
However according to the Egyptian theological speculation , the god themselves
could and would eventually die. (The complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient
Egypt )


Ultimately a final end did await the gods. In Egyptian
mythology  it si clear that only the
elements from which the primordial world had arisen would eventually remain.
This apocalyptic view of the end of the cosmos and the gods themselves is
elaborated upon an important section of the coffin text in which the creator
“Atum” states that eventually after millions of years after differentiated
creation he and  Osiris will return to
one place . But this belief alone is not responsible for the decline of the
Egyptian gods. . (The complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt )

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One major reason might be that there was no such word for
religion in Egypt. It was seen as part of their everyday life and is very close
to our modern concept of spirituality. Because of the belief in many gods and
religion mainly being part of a everyday life style the influence of foreign
cultures may have had a devastating effect on the worship of the gods.


In 525 BCE the Persian king, Cambyses, conquered Egypt and
executed most of the Egyptian royal family. It is probably only a legend that
Cambyses showed his contempt for Egyptian gods by stabbing the sacred Apis bull.
Between 404 and 343BCE, several dynasties of Egyptian-born kings were able to
keep the Persians out of Egypt. The three kings of the Thirtieth Dynasty
instituted a style of art and architecture that was to continue under their
foreign successors. A Thirtieth Dynasty mythological text about the reigns of
Shu and Geb defines a ruler’s duties as defending Egypt from foreign enemies,
main- taining the country’s defensive walls and irrigation systems, and
rebuilding the temples of the gods.79 A huge granite temple was begun at
Behbeit el-Hagar for the goddess Isis, whose cult was becoming increasingly
important. Later legend claimed that it was the failure of King Nectanebo II. (Handbooks
of world mythology) Geraldine Pinch-Handbook of Egyptian Mythology-ABC-CLIO


Around 30 B.C., Egypt fell under the control of the Romans,
where it remained until the early seventh century. For a time, Roman rule had
relatively little impact on the religious life of the country. Roman emperors
replaced Ptolemaic kings on the temple walls. Strabo, a geographer who visited
Egypt in the early Roman Period, stressed the country’s past glories but was
able to describe flourishing cult temples.95 Under Augustus, and later under
Trajan (98–117 CE) and Hadrian (117–138 CE). Rome eventually shifted to and
Egyptians were forced to convert as well. (Handbooks of world mythology)
Geraldine Pinch-Handbook of Egyptian Mythology-ABC-CLIO (2002).pdf


But this might not be the only and primary reason for the
decline of the gods. Before the Roman Empire took over, Tides of foreigners
began to settle in Egypt: Seafaring Greeks sailed in from the Aegean; Jews came
from Jerusalem, and Syrians from the northern Levant. Within a couple of
centuries, Egypt was a cauldron of races. The Egyptian people no longer existed
by this time. Egypt had been a colony of Greece, Rome, Persia etc. so much of
the population was actually Persians, Romans, Greeks and other European white
people. For instance, major cities like Alexandria were built by Greeks. Populated
by mostly Greeks and many of the native Egyptians were killed off during war.
The Greeks had no real reason to want to continue native Egyptian religion as
they were being starved off. And sold into slavery in Rome. 


. Between the 7th and 19th centuries, Egypt was ruled by
various Muslim governments, including the Ottoman Turks. By the end of the 19th
century, Egypt was controlled by Britain, which in the early 20th century
turned it over to the Arabs. During this time the Egyptians might have taken or
been force to take Islam as their religion.



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