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The Story of Ra



The Story of Ra
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.59

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    beginning, barley, drunken, flesh, fury, lapis, lazuli, lioness, nightfall, plotting, proclamation, tolerate, ungrateful, wary, fell, swift
     content words:    Shining One, When Ra, Since Ra, But Nu, When Sekhmet, New Year


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The Story of Ra
By Vickie Chao
  

1     In the beginning, before the world was made, there was a deep, dark ocean called Nu. One day, a shining egg rose above the surface. It said, "I am Ra, the Shining One."
 
2     Ra was the king of all gods and goddesses. Upon his appearance, he started naming things. Everything he named became its being. When Ra called out "Shu," he made the god of air. When Ra called out "Tefnut," he made the goddess of rainfalls. When Ra called out "Geb," he made the god of earth. When Ra called out "Nut," he made the goddess of sky. Ra named so many things. By the time he finished, he had created everything in the sea and on the land. He even created living people, the first men and women in the world. They lived in Egypt.
 
3     Ra wanted to teach the people he made how to live. So he took on the shape of a man and became the first pharaoh, king of Egypt. Since Ra was now in the form of a man, he could no longer stay young forever. He was bound to grow old one day. After ruling Egypt for many thousands of years, that time finally came. At his old age, Ra began to notice that his people no longer respected him. They laughed at him. They mocked him. They said, "Look at Ra! Ra is so old! His bones are like silver, his flesh like gold, and his hair the color of lapis lazuli!" They also said, "We can't go on like this. We need a new leader."

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