The One asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

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How do the religious and world -views in Mesopotamia and in Egypt reflect the relationship between the environment and the people of these civilizations?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Huh? What time period. This was the place of plenty and nature gods where all the craze.

    Present day. Egypt is mostly a bunch of murdering terrorists, who knows what they are thinking!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    First Flooding

    Flooding in Egypt was a yearly occurence, it was expected and was absorbed into the religion in the form of the Osiris-Isis-Horus myths. Standard dead and reborn corn god.

    Flooding in Mesopotamia, relied on rainfall in Anatolia and was more sporadic and as dramatic, if not more so. So here you have their oldest legend concerned with wrathful gods who flooded the world to teach people a lesson. This is where the story of Noah's flood came from before the Jews adopted it.

    So regular, rhythmic flooding, a religion based on cyclic forces. Sporadic and dramatic, wrathful punishing gods. (This is simplfication)

    Second Isolation.

    Egypt is a single narrow valley surrounded by desert. The result makes for power struggles up and down the river, but limited number of powers. Mesopotamia with mulitple major rivers and being integrated with the Levant, Persia, & Anatolia had a variety of powerful city states, so you have a sucession of empires, each promoting its religion over the older gods. So you ended up with both agricultural gods and pastoral gods. You also had a lot less consistency in rule, people are more likley to buy the absolute god-king routine when the regime doesn't change every few generations.

    This difference only lasted till improvements in technology began to allow larger armies to build empires big enough to aaquire bigger areas.

    Third Dry vs. Wet. I don't think you can ignore that the Egyptian obsession with preserving the dead had a connection to dry climate which helped preserve bodies. Compare that to the damper Mesopotamia, where public resources went to build ziggurats, rather than private tombs for rulers

  • 1 decade ago

    Biggest ways:

    -Both depended on rivers for life. Rivers brought water to crops, but they also brought death, so both civilizations worshiped their rivers (that'd be the Nile for Egypt and the Tigris and Euphrates for Mesopotamia)

    -Both were agricultural civilizations to begin with. They worshiped their gods in order to have good harvests, and then later, good yields as far as domesticated animals.

    Hope that helps :)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no i cant answer that but i will guess that the world views of these civilizations is intreging and mysterious with no regaurds to the enviroment or the current people in these areas.look at us ewe have no regards in any area as we speak..

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  • 1 decade ago

    they were into the laws of nature, and things like that because they were in a harsh demanding enviroment.

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