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« Reply #1: September 16, 2009, 06:52:42 pm »

Are the Egyptian gods bound to Egyptian soil?  Or can they be worshiped from any place?  What is the text basis for your idea?
Here are just a few lines from A Hymn to Amun-Re (Papyrus Boulaq 17), dating from the 18th Dynasty (1550 - 1350 B.C.):
   "Adoration of Amon-Re, the Bull Residing in Heliopolis, chief of ALL gods, the good god, the beloved, who gives life to ALL that is warm and to ALL good cattle." (CAPS are mine for emphasis.)
   "... Hail to thee, who made all that is! Lord of truth and father of the gods, who made
mortals and created beasts...."
   "Karnak is in satisfaction, Heliopolis is in joy; the heart of the Lady of Life is glad,
for the enemy of her lord is overthrown. The gods of Babylon are in jubilation."
    "Maker of ALL mankind; creator and maker of all that is, in this thy name of Atum-Kepri."
This Prayer can be found in “Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament,” ed. by J.B. Pritchard (Princeton, 1969, 3rd ed.).
The hymn is translated by John A. Wilson, pp. 365 – 67.
Ancient Egypt certainly had a great many gods that were connected with specific locales. But the records indicate that when Egyptians traveled, they took their gods with them. This would seem to indicate that they saw and  understood their gods to have power outside of their specific area or nation.
I also suggest you read “Hymns, Prayers, and Songs”, trans. by John L. Foster (Scholars Press, 1995), for a large selection of ancient texts showing that in ancient Egypt many gods were seen as having universal presence and power. I hope this is helpful.

 
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