What Does the Evidence Reveal About Belief in the Afterlife in New Kingdom Egypt?

In New Kingdom Egypt, beliefs about the afterlife were strong and held in high regards, the afterlife was the eternal paradise for Egyptians after death.

Tombs were considered a very important aspect to the Afterlife, Egyptians believed that the tomb from which you were buried in would be the place where they would begin their travel to the Afterlife. If you were considered a significant individual at the time (such as the Pharaoh) large tombs would be built and prepared during one’s life, so that when they reach death they will have a spectacular place to wake up too, in their Afterlife. Tombs held the things that the deceased would need in their next life such as; clothing, food, incense, gold, furniture and jewelry. Those of higher class (Pharaoh’s) would be buried with their favourite servants to help them in the next world. The walls of the tomb would be decorated heavily, covered with paintings, scenes from the deceased persons life and prayers. In Source A, a scene from the Sed Festival of Amenhotep II has been painted on his tomb wall, as this was an important time in his life. Source F shows a wall painting from Thutmose III tomb, the artists painted the ideal journey to the Afterlife for their Pharaoh, in hope that Thutmose would travel with Amun to his Afterlife.

Egyptians believed that following death, one would need their body to continue into the Afterlife. The organs would not be needed, but the body would need to be preserved. A High Priest would preform the Funerary Rites (opening of the mouth ceremony and mummification of the body), one of the priests would wear a Jackal head representing Anubis (God of the Dead), this reinforces the importance of Gods in the afterlife. The organs are taken out of the body and stored into Canopic Jars; their heart replaced with a Scarab beetle stone heart, as it was believed that this was the only thing the deceased member would need in his/her body in the Afterlife. Source F shows a wall painting from the...