“Reality is not upon earth, my son, and it cannot be thereon.... Nothing on earth is real, there are only appearances.... He (man) is not real, my son, as man. The real consists solely in itself and remains what it is... Man is transient, therefore he is not real, he is but appearance, and appearance is the supreme illusion,” says Trismegistos in the Book of Hermes. Immortality is not only a subject of ancient Egypt but also considered the way of life for the Egyptians. The one thing that separates most worldly religions from that of the Egyptian people is the idea of immortality which is also known as life after death. This is the belief that if the god Osiris, the beloved Nile River and all vegetation must rise again, so must man. Of course there are plenty of examples that the Egyptians use to emphasize their beliefs and comprehension of immortality; however they are not limited to these specific examples, but this should serve as a basic understanding of the connection between Egyptian arts was the correlation with life after death. The Egyptians used symbolism such as the Blue Lotus which is portrayed in art and architecture; in art however this symbolized the accomplishment of life after death. In literature as it will be discussed shows that the Book of the Dead was essentially a collection of prayers, magical formulas, rituals, and hymns that were “primarily intended to enable a deceased person to overcome the trials and dangers of the next world and emerge safely from the tomb in a spiritualized form” (Death). Perhaps one of the main pieces in immortality was the burial ground, in this case The Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser; which Egyptians believed provided the ka with the direction needed to obtain immortality. As it will be explained in detail these were some of the more significant connections between ancient Egyptians and their attempt to ensure their own immortality.
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