Glossary
amulet A small figure of a god or object worn as a protective charm.
Amun The chief god of the New Kingdom in Egypt; usually represented as a ram or a goose, or as wearing a tall, feathered crown.
aniconism The prohibition against representations of a deity. In its less stringent form, aniconism refers to the practice of using symbolic representations of the deity but not depictions of the deity.
anthropomorphic Having a human form or features.
apostasy The renunciation of a religious faith.
astragali Knuckle bones from various animals, often sheep, used in religious ceremonies.
Aten A variant of the sun god in the early New Kingdom in Egypt, elevated to the status of an exclusive creator god by Pharaoh Akhenaten; often represented by the Sun-disc extending its rays downward towards earth.

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