The neterware personifications of universal principles, functions and processes. The Egyptians viewed the world as an entirely conscious creation, an aspect of divine consciousness. In this scheme, humanity was created, destined to play a specific and crucial role, defined and described in symbolic language in the funerary texts all concerned with death and resurrection. The immensely complex interactions among the gods are expressed in myth, wich is to be understood as the dramatization of cosmic and natural laws.
The Egyptians believed that man carried within himself the spark or seed of divinity. Mankind was regarded as potentially divine, and the king represented the realization of that potential.
John Anthony West - The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt
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