In ancient Egypt what did the Ba and the Ka represent?

  • In ancient Egypt what did the Ba and the Ka represent? They were parts of the soul but why two parts?

  • Semaphore

    Semaphore Correct answer

    7 years ago

    The ka is like the spirit; its the element that makes something alive. In contrast, the ba is more like the personality of a person.

    The Ka was the life force, astral double or spiritual twin ... the Ba was the impersonal life force of the soul, the essence of one's individuality and unique characteristics.

    - Ruiz, Ana. The spirit of ancient Egypt. Algora Publishing, 2001.

    There were in fact five parts to the Egyptian view of the soul, not just two.

    And this spirit of life *and* a soul view predominates in Christian theology today. The so called tripartite view of man, where the third part is the body.

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