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1) Ancient Egyptian religion was a complex system of polytheistic beliefs and rituals which were an integral part of ancient Egyptian society. It centered on the Egyptians' interaction with many deities who were believed to be present in, and in control of, the forces and elements of nature. The practices of Egyptian religion were efforts to provide for the gods and gain their favor. Formal religious practice centered on the pharaoh, the king of Egypt, who was believed to possess a divine power by virtue of his position. He acted as the intermediary between his people and the gods and was obligated to sustain the gods through rituals and offerings so that they could maintain order in the universe. The state dedicated enormous resources to Egyptian rituals and to the construction of the temples. Individuals could interact with the gods for their own purposes, appealing for their help through prayer or compelling them to act through magic. These practices were distinct from, but closely linked with, the formal rituals and institutions. The popular religious tradition grew more prominent in the course of Egyptian history as the status of the Pharaoh declined. Another important aspect was the belief in the afterlife and funerary practices. The Egyptians made great efforts to ensure the survival of their souls after death, providing tombs, grave goods, and offerings to preserve the bodies and spirits of the deceased.
2) An estimated 80 percent of the Malian population is Muslim, with the others practicing Christianity (1 percent) or following traditional religious practices (19 percent). Islam has been present in this area since the eighth century, but until the coming of the French its practice was mostly restricted to merchants, clerics, and the rulers and the elites of the great West African empires that blossomed in this area. Under French colonization Islam's influence greatly expanded in the region. For instance, during the first phases of French colonization, colonial administrators relied upon Islamic representatives to extend their control over the local populations. The French also aided in the establishment of new Islamic tribunals in the region. Finally, transformations of the local economy and people's increased mobility contributed to the spreading of Islam. Today Mali is a secular state, but religion and in particular national Islamic religious organizations play an important role in the life of the country. Moussa Traoré, Mali's second president, increasingly relied on the display of Islamic devotion and intervened in Islamic affairs to further legitimize his power. President Alpha Oumar Konaré has alternated public displays of faith and expressions An overview of the city of Bamako, in which a twin-spire mosque can be seen in the background. An overview of the city of Bamako, in which a twin-spire mosque can be seen in the background. of Islamic piety with cautions about religious extremism.
@open.owl polytheism was a common religion prior to (Christianity) the ancients believed in multiple gods, (hence poly-theism) @Deadly_Roses sums it up nicely.
Un-related but the ancient greeks believed in multiple gods but their form of religion but their gods were not always just and played favorites.
@Deadly_Roses did I write my testimonial right??
Idk how to 'submit' it...
@Deadly_Roses was this from a particular site? Because if so, could you copy and past them BOTH for me? so that I don't get in trouble?? :)
sure just a sec...nd dont worry about the testimonial its fine :)
Thanks so much for helping me!! XD It helped a lot!
Yeah that was a pretty damned good answer