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For centuries, the cult provided the religious basis of the royal authority of the
Khmer kings. The devaraja cult grew out of both Hindu and indigenous traditions.
It taught that the king was a divine universal ruler, a manifestation of the Hindu
This diversity reflects the vast number of local cult centres that sprang up all
along the Nile valley prior to political unification (c. 2925 bc). Once a central
government arose, national deities and cults came into existence as well as the
cult of the ...
With the advent of periods of political instability, pessimistic trends crept into the
Egyptian view of the world and greater emphasis was placed on the importance
of the individual cult. Along with the rise of the personal cults, greater evidence of
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