The Ancient Egyptians were deeply religious and worshipped many gods. Every animal, tree and plant held sacred significance. Their most important god was Ra, the sun god, for the sun brings light to the world and when it disappears there is darkness.
In the shadow of the night, the Egyptians believed, the sun made a journey through the Underworld on a solar boat, to be reborn again the next morning. They gave each stage of the sun's journey a living symbol and chose Kepri, the scarab beetle, to represent the rising sun, portraying him pushing up the sun into the sky.