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Abydos: Egyptian Afterlife
APRIL 2005
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During the early dynasties, every king planning to be buried at Abydos erected a ceremonial enclosure near the Nile's fertile floodplain and a tomb to the west—the realm of the dead—after ritually destroying the enclosure of his predecessor. People eventually began to believe Osiris, god of the dead, was interred at Abydos, which then became a pilgrimage site where kings built temples and cenotaphs through the centuries.

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