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The Creation of the Egyptian Gods:
Seems like first Egyptian gods were actually animal deities, still no surprise, the human race always feared then worshipped any natural force that had more might than his body did, or simply that was way over his head. Cows and falcons are probably the first to be worshipped, followed by jackals, cattles, rams and gazelles. Though we are not sure if these animals were directly worshipped, we are pretty sure that they were at least divinly repsected and appreciated.
The Need of the Egyptian Gods:
Needless to say, huamans always needed fear in order to get diciplined, and that was basically why the ancient Egyptian, in a way or the other, chosen to have as many as strong gods as he could ever have, and just like its Hindu counterpart, the Egyptian god usually had a certain job to take care of, while anther fellow god would take the responsibility of another aspect of life.
Pharaohs have always been pictured as the incarnation of the god Horus, and they ruled by his name, and that would automatically mean they were believed to be perfect and complete, and as a result to that, they owned every thing in the Two Lands (Egypt), they could dictate any part of people's social and spiritual life. So the rulers of Egypt always understood that the main (and maybe the only) source of power they had was religion, and to lose that source, means they no longer rule.
The Temples of the Egyptian Gods:
As little as we know about the origin of religion in Egypt, we seem to know less about the origin of temples in ancient Egypt. At the time religious doctrines started to develope in ancient Egypt, the Egyptian architect was not yet fully developed, which resulted similar shapes of all buildings in the "country", makes it so hard for us to understand what is holly and what is not!
However, it is now believed that the Nabata Playa Ancient Stones seem to be the first religious structure in the nation and the continent, dating back to 6000 years ago. The sites lays on the shore of an ancient lake that doesn't exist anymore. It contains some 2.75-meter-high stones that were brought from more than a mile away! Many of those stones were carefully lined up in east-to-west direction. Though the site's builders were not confirmed to be related to pharaohs or Egyptians, the site's holds the same features that all later Egyptian temples held, the water and the sun.
Of course the temples didn't remain that humble for too long, it was just a matter of time before they developed in every single way. Having gold figures and fancy furniture and halls. No wonder they had to be that way, since they were believed to be somehow the houses of god on earth, so it reflected the richness of the pharaohs and the gods.
The Death of the Egyptian Gods:
The ancient Egyptian mind didn't seem to have a problem imagining the death of gods, no matter what the term would be, "death" was the destiny of some ancient Egyptian gods. The god Osiris who was killed by Seth, was never stated to be "dead", but the conception is unmistakenabely the same. He was actually killed twice!
Apart from the real death, the technical death met many (of course all now) Egyptian gods throughout the history. The most magnificent death of gods is clearly seen when looking at Akhenaten's life. Phataoh Akhenaten (also known as the Heretic King) was the first to call for the worship of one god, but in order to acheive that goal, all old gods had to be abandoned, names of previous gods were sometimes erased from temples and holly scripts. He and his wife Nefertiti succeeded to take away the old relgion from the people and to hand them a new one, a new city, a new temple and a new god were found. But seems like they took religion from people but couldn't take people from it! After Akhenaten's death, the old religion was restored and the new one god was put aside. Once again, another Egyptian god dies.