How did the Nile Shape Ancient Egypt

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For the people from ancient Egypt which are called ancient Egyptians, the Nile River; the world’s longest river, is the most important water feature for them. The ancient Egyptians distinguished the Nile River as the “Mother of All Men and as the “Father of Life. Ancient Egyptians also had a religious belief that the Nile River was actualized by Hapi; a god who for them would cause yearlasting floods. Hapi would often get celebrated by the ancient Egyptians since the floods would cause fertile soil. According to “Google the climate of ancient Egypt is hot from May to October and cool from October to May. The Nile River shaped ancient Egyptian civilization by providing food and water, through religious beliefs and ceremonies, and by creating a path for trade.

The river known as the Nile River produces water and food/nutrients. As you may know the Nile River is a water feature which indicates that it provides water, so because of that ancient Egyptians had a drinkable fluid to help them stay hydrated. They collected the water by building mud-brick reservoirs and they would lift them up with a shaduf; “a hand-operated device for lifting water. In the Nile River there was and still are a variety of fishes which the ancient Egyptians would eat for nutrients and energy. Perches, boltis, barbels, catfishes, elephant-snout fishes, tiger fishes, and water leopards were all types of fishes that lived and may live today in the Nile River. It benefited and was convenient for ancient Egyptians when the Nile River would flood because it would create rich fertile soil near the Nile River’s banks, which would help the ancient Egyptians cultivate crops to eat, such as papyrus, weat, and flax. Ancient Egyptians had water to drink, fishes to eat, and rich fertile soil to grow crops with, thanks to the Nile River.

Can you believe that the Nile River was also important for the ancient Egyptians when it came to their religious beliefs and ceremonies? Well, you should believe it because there is a lot of different ways how the Nile River helped the ancient Egyptians with that! The Nile River helped the ancient Egyptians with a ceremony that is called mummification because after the Nile River’s flood waters diminished a salt called natron would appear in dry riverbeds. Natron would help ancient Egyptians during mummification because it would clean the body, consume/ absorb water from the body, and dry up the body so that it can stay as it was before and not corrosion/decay quickly during what the ancient Egyptians believed in, the after life more known as life after death.

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