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The Egyptian Book Of The Dead

Author: Thomas George Allen
Publisher: Oriental Inst Publications Sales
ISBN: 9781885923806
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Hope for life after death is evidenced even in prehistoric times in Upper Egypt. The first written aids for attaining and supporting life in the hereafter were the Pyramid Texts inscribed within royal tombs towards the end of the Old Kingdom. In the Middle Kingdom, many texts were borrowed from the pyramid chambers and mingled with new spells; this new form, which today we call Coffin Texts, was usually written inside coffins. These eventually gave way to what we now know as the Book of the Dead. The collections of spells were usually written on rolls of papyrus, that is, in the form of an Egyptian book. Presented here are seventy Book of the Dead documents housed in the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago. These documents, represented in whole or in part - all Eighteenth Dynasty or later - include seven papyri, three coffins, a shroud, a statuette, three stelae or similar and fifty-five ushabties. This is the first digital reprint of the 1960 publication.

The Organization Of The Pyramid Texts 2 Vol Set

Author: Harold M. Hays
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004227490
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The ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts form the oldest body of religious texts in the world. This book weds traditional philology to linguistic anthropology to associate them with two spheres of ritual action, mortuary cult and personal preparation for the afterlife.

Death And Salvation In Ancient Egypt

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801442414
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"Human beings," the acclaimed Egyptologist Jan Assmann writes, "are the animals that have to live with the knowledge of their death, and culture is the world they create so they can live with that knowledge." In his new book, Assmann explores images of death and of death rites in ancient Egypt to provide startling new insights into the particular character of the civilization as a whole. Drawing on the unfamiliar genre of the death liturgy, he arrives at a remarkably comprehensive view of the religion of death in ancient Egypt. Assmann describes in detail nine different images of death: death as the body being torn apart, as social isolation, the notion of the court of the dead, the dead body, the mummy, the soul and ancestral spirit of the dead, death as separation and transition, as homecoming, and as secret. Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt also includes a fascinating discussion of rites that reflect beliefs about death through language and ritual.

Understanding Material Text Cultures

Author: Markus Hilgert
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110425289
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The present volume comprises 6 highly original studies on material text cultures in different nontypographic societies stretching from the 3rd millennium cuneiform textual record of Ancient Mesopotamia to 20th century Qur’anic boards of northern and central African provenience. The volume provides a multidisciplinary approach to material text cultures complementary to the interdisciplinary, strongly theory-grounded research scheme of the CRC 933.

Egypt And The Egyptians

Author: Douglas J. Brewer
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521851505
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A comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to over three thousand years of ancient Egyptian civilization.

Problems Of Canonicity And Identity Formation In Ancient Egypt And Mesopotamia

Author: Gojko Barjamovic
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
ISBN: 8763543729
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The term ‘canonicity’ implies the recognition that the domain of literature and of the library is also a cultural and political one, related to various forms of identity formation, maintenance, and change. Scribes and benefactors ‘create’ canon in as much as they teach, analyze, preserve, prom¬ulgate and change ‘canonical’ texts according to prevailing norms. From early on, texts from the written traditions of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt were accumulated, codified, and to some extent canonized, as various collections developed mainly in the environment of the temple and the palace. These written traditions represent sets of formal and informal cultures that all speak in their own ways of canonicity, normativity, and other forms of cultural expertise. Some forms of literature were used not only in scholarly contexts, but also in political ones, and they served purposes of identity formation. This volume addresses the interrelations between various forms of ‘canon’ and identity formation in different time periods, genres, regions, and contexts, as well as the application of contemporary conceptions of ‘canon’ to ancient texts.

The Secrets Of Tomb 10a

Author: Rita E. Freed
Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
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Discusses the excavation of Tomb 10A in Dayr al-Barshåa, Egypt, in 1915, including the Egyptian antiquities found in the tomb dating from the Middle Kingdom, and the history of these items since their excavation.