The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

Paperback | January 1, 1990

Translated byRaymond O. FaulknerEditorCarol Andrews

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The Book of the Dead is the name now given to a collection of religious and magical texts known to the ancient Egyptians as The Chapters of Coming-forth by Day. Their principal aim was to secure for the deceased a satisfactory afterlife and to give him the power to leave his tomb when necessary. Copies of The Book of the Dead written on papyrus rolls were placed in the tombs of important Egyptians, each roll containing a selection of chapters. Many examples have survived from antiquity, dating mostly from c. 1500 BCE-250 BCE. In this volume, the text translated by the late Dr. R.O. Faulkner is that found in the papyrus prepared for the scribe Ani which is one of the greatest treasures in the British Museum. The vignettes are taken from the many finely illustrated copies which are preserved in the collections of the British Museum.

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Spellbinding new age translation--these magical texts are originally placed in Egyptian tombs to assure everlasting bliss. Readers will be captivated by the 200 spells, prayers, and incantations. 60 color and 85 black-and-white illustrations

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The Book of the Dead is the name now given to a collection of religious and magical texts known to the ancient Egyptians as The Chapters of Coming-forth by Day. Their principal aim was to secure for the deceased a satisfactory afterlife and to give him the power to leave his tomb when necessary. Copies of The Book of the Dead written o...

The late Dr. R.O. Faulkner, for many years the assistant of the great Egyptologist, Sir Alan Gardiner, was an expert in ancient Egyptian military and nautical matters, and was responsible for the publication of the British Museum's Catalogue of Wooden Model Boats.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 10.89 × 8.7 × 0.55 inPublished:January 1, 1990Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292704259

ISBN - 13:9780292704251

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Table of Contents

Foreword Sources of the illustrations Introduction List of Spells The Spells Introductory Hymn to the Sun-God Re Introductory Hymn to Osiris Glossary

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Spellbinding new age translation--these magical texts are originally placed in Egyptian tombs to assure everlasting bliss. Readers will be captivated by the 200 spells, prayers, and incantations. 60 color and 85 black-and-white illustrations

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Through this edition of the most popular and long-lasting funerary documents of Egypt emerges much of the character of her people. Through it also the student at home and likewise the tourist visiting the Theban tombs should be greatly enlightened, even if much of the religion of Egypt remains tantalizingly obscure.