The dead lived on in the afterlife and relied upon the living to remember them and present them with offerings of food and drink.
An Offering List was an inventory of the gifts due to a particular person and inscribed on the wall of their tomb.
The designation 'hieroglyphics' is a Greek word; the Egyptians referred to their writing as , 'the god's words,' as they believed writing had been given to them by the great god Thoth.
According to one ancient Egyptian tale, in the beginning of time Thoth created himself and, in the form of an ibis, lay the cosmic egg which held all of creation.
Thoth gave human beings this knowledge freely, but it was a responsibility he expected them to take seriously.
Words could hurt, heal, elevate, destroy, condemn, and even raise someone from death to life.
American author William Faulkner stated in his Nobel Prize address that he wrote "to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before" (1).
This same motivation has been expressed in different words by many writers over the centuries, but before any of them even existed the ancient Egyptians understood this concept well.
(3) Hieroglyphics developed out of the early pictographs.
People used symbols, pictures to represent concepts such as a person or event.