ba and ka theory
ancient Egyptian religious beliefs.
the Egyptians believed that every human being was composed of physical and spiritual parts or aspects. in addition to the body, each person had a shadow, a ba ,(personality or soul) a ka (life-force) and a name. after death the spiritual aspects were released from the body and could move at will, but they required the physical remains(or a substitute, such as a statue) as a permanent home. the ultimate goal of the deceased was to rejoin his ka and ba and