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The largest difference between the Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures were those of religious beliefs and practices. Both were strongly devoted to the afterlife, though Egypt was moreso, especially in the preparation of mummies and tombs. Mesopotamia, however, was also much more devoted to the praise of its leaders, producing more art of prominent figures than of their religious icons. Another comparison can be found in their writings, as both heiroglyphics and Cuneiform use images of common figures such as birds, grass, and water, though heiroglyphics were much more reliant on these images for their writing, while Cuneiform also used simple marks. A strong difference in these writings is the purpose behind such, as heiroglyphics has three forms ( one being specifically for religious purposes), while Cuneiform has two, simple and complex.