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The Ancient Egyptian religion was 3000 years old, and one of the oldest religion in the world. The religion had numerous gods and practices and flourished until the spread of Christianity in 4th century AD.

My question is:

Did all the followers of that religion convert? Are there any who still follow the Ancient Egyptian religion today, in an unbroken tradition?

reference - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_religion

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Well, Atenism is not exactly worshipped these days, but still highly respected by some. In particular, there is Rosicrucian museum in San Jose with a few halls dedicated to Akhenaten, including a reproduction of the famous stella of Akhenaten raising hands toward Sun's rays, etc. –  Michael Jun 6 at 6:08
I would argue this is not a question about history. In the current state, this is a question about contemporary religion. How could we revise this to a question about history? (Yes, probably should be in meta, but I can no longer log into meta). –  Mark C. Wallace Jun 6 at 10:54
Good try @T.E.D. - I removed the reference to Christianity; I suspect many of the adherents are now Muslim, and I think that will lead to a distraction. –  Mark C. Wallace Jun 6 at 13:38
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about specious crap based on fundamentally ignorant assumptions. –  Samuel Russell Jun 7 at 14:36
@Mark C. Wallace - I guess the question is very well into history. It’s about the past and its specifically about an event that happened in the past. I believe history also include religion. Appreciate if you could advise why an event happened 2000 years ago would not be classified as history. –  Karthick Jun 10 at 7:13

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After spreading of Christianity, old Egyptian religion faded away. Last Egyptian temple was closed in 6th Century AD by Byzantine emperor, Justinian. Altough, old religion 'died' on beggining of middle ages, today it still exists in different variations. Most popular is Kemetism, Egyptian neopagan religion which wants to reconstruct old Egyptian beliefs. That and similar religion are spreaded all over the world and in Egypt, but in very small number.

So simple answer to your question is yes, Ancient Egyptian religion still exists, although it hasn't got so many followers and it changed a bit.

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Interesting. Just to be clear, it appears this isn't a continuation of the old religion so much as an attempt to resurrect it from what's known of its ancient practice, long after it died. (Much like Celtic and German neo-paganisim) –  T.E.D. Jun 6 at 12:43
Yes, it is attempt to renew ancient Egyptian religion, feel free to edit. :) –  Branko Sego Jun 6 at 18:30
@Branko Sego- thank you very much for the answer. –  Karthick Jun 10 at 7:26
Upto the 6th century is a lot longer than I would have suspected. –  Mozibur Ullah Jun 12 at 5:00
Well it is, Philaean temple was closed in 6th century AD by emperor Justinian.. :) –  Branko Sego Jun 12 at 5:02

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