Egyptian myths are the basis of ancient tradition, but also address profound questions about the nature of disorder and the fate of the Universe. Egyptian deities represent both physical objects like the earth and Sun, and more abstract forces such as knowledge and creativity. Actions of the Gods, along with their own interactions control all of forces and elements.
Most of Egypt's gods, do not feature strongly in written mythology. However, their nature and relationships with other deities are often established in lists or short statements. When Egyptian gods are included, the narratives point out their important role in the cosmos. Although mythology is a major element in Egyptian religious understanding, it is not as important as other cultures. Egyptian myths sometimes use symbolism to help us understand life in this realm.
Few complete stories appear in the sources for Egyptian mythological and are often contain portions of a larger story. Their importance lies in their meaning, rather than their value as stories. Egyptian stories were also very flexible and often conflict with another. One suggested reason for this is that religious ideas differed over time and between regions. There were lots of local cults based around patron gods. Instead of lengthy, fixed narratives, Egyptian mythology is both flexible and avoids dogma. Only a small proportion of material has survived to the present, and not equally abundant in all periods, so beliefs in some eras is more poorly understood than others.
This is a list of available sources for Egyptian mythology: -
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