Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt by Jan AssmannDeath and Salvation in Ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann

Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt

byJan AssmannTranslated byDavid Lorton

Paperback | October 21, 2014

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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.

Jan Assmann is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at Heidelberg University. His books include The Search for God in Ancient Egypt and Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt, both from Cornell. David Lorton, an Egyptologist, is the translator of many books, including Erik Hornung's books The Secret Lore of Egypt and Akhenaten and the Religi...
Title:Death and Salvation in Ancient EgyptFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.25 × 6.13 × 0.27 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801479738

ISBN - 13:9780801479731

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note

Introduction: Death and Culture

Part One. Images of Death
Chapter 1. Death as Dismemberment
Chapter 2. Death as Social Isolation
Chapter 3. Death as Enemy
Chapter 4. Death as Dissociation: The Person of the Deceased and Its Constituent Elements
Chapter 5. Death as Separation and Reversal
Chapter 6. Death as Transition
Chapter 7. Death as Return
Chapter 8. Death as Mystery
Chapter 9. Going Forth by Day

Part Two. Rituals and Recitations
Chapter 10. Mortuary Liturgies and Mortuary Literature
Chapter 11. In the Sign of the Enemy: The Protective Wake in the Place of Embalming
Chapter 12. The Night of Vindication
Chapter 13. Rituals of Transition from Home to Tomb
Chapter 14. Provisioning the Dead
Chapter 15. Sacramental Explanation
Chapter 16. Freedom from the Yoke of Transitoriness: Resultativity and Continuance
Chapter 17. Freedom from the Yoke of Transitoriness: Immortality

Afterword: Egypt and the History of Death


Editorial Reviews

"This very important book represents the fruit of many years of reading, thinking, and writing about the Egyptian conceptions of death and the afterlife, and constitutes a comprehensive analysis of the subject. It is a complex, multilayered interpretation that reveals the great depth and breadth of Jan Assmann's knowledge. He systematically investigates the processes of and reactions to the experience of death, the reconstitution of the body/person of the deceased, and rites and texts that relate to the afterlife."—Gerald Kadish, Binghamton University