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According to the historian Margaret Bunson: Eternity was an endless period of existence that was not to be feared by any Egyptian.
The term `Going to One’s Ka’ (astral being) was used in each age to express dying.
An individual’s name was considered of such importance that an Egyptian’s true name was kept secret throughout life and one was known by a nickname.
Knowledge of a person’s true name gave one magical powers over that individual and this is among the reasons why the rulers of Egypt took another name upon ascending the throne; it was not only to link oneself symbolically to another successful pharaoh but also a form of protection to ensure one’s safety and help guarantee a trouble-free journey to eternity when one’s life on earth was completed.
There are many far less dramatic examples, however, recorded on temple walls, stele, and on papyrus fragments.