Monday, May 10, 2004

Priesthood, The ancient Middle East

In the Nile valley the occupant of the throne (the pharaoh) was regarded as a god incarnate, the sacred king. Because he was believed to be the epitome of all that was divine, he alone was the intermediary between mankind and the gods whom he summed up in his complex personality. Before Menes, founder of the 1st dynasty (c. 3100 - 2890 BC), centralized the rule of Upper and Lower Egypt, the high