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Ancient Egyptian Culture and the Natural World

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This collection will explore many of the different ways that the civilization of Ancient Egypt, and its people, understood nature and its importance to their way of life. Ancient Egyptians were known for worshiping various gods, and many of them were believed to be in total control of the weather and the natural environment of Egypt. It was very important to these people that they lived their lives in such a way that would please the gods so as to be able to live in harmony with the gods and also with their environment. Astronomy was a large influence on their building designs and many structures were created to be aligned with stars and constellations. 

Tiles in this collection will show that the Ancient Egyptians were also very interested in the natural environment around them and figured out ways for using things such as flooding to their advantage. They used plants such as papyrus reeds to form a type of paper that could be used to write on and they also made instruments from reeds that grew along the Nile River. Hieroglyphics were created as a language used to communicate and write important things down, and within these hieroglyphics we can see reeds, birds, and other things found in nature. The art in this part of the world was consistently showcasing everyday life and a large part of that had to do with animals and the land the Ancient Egyptians called home. 

This collection is meant to be a helpful tool for anyone who is interested in learning about how humans, specifically Ancient Egyptians, respected nature and worked with it, not against it. It will hopefully serve as a reminder to anyone who reads it that this respect for our environment should be just as important now as it was to the Ancient Egyptians. 

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