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Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (edició 2010)

de John H. Taylor

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A compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey towards the realm of the gods and the ultimate state of eternity. This fascinating and important book affords a greater understanding of ancient Egyptian belief systems and poignantly reveals the hopes and fears of mortal man about the world beyond death.… (més)
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Títol:Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Autors:John H. Taylor
Informació:Harvard University Press (2010), Edition: First, Hardcover, 312 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Egyptian themed books
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Etiquetes:Egyptian

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This book is an absolutely stunning pictorial romp through the Egyptian Book of the Dead. I am reading the hardcover version of this book and the detail and variety of pictures are fantastic.

My only "wish" left unfulfilled is a bit more explanation and a translation of what we are seeing in hieroglyphs. Yes, there is some description but much of the time it is lacking explanation or detail.

That said, the book is absolutely gorgeous. Would highly recommend to any history, or Egyptian mythology buff. Just be prepared to head to google to try to translate some of what you see in the gorgeous images.

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  Ainevethe | May 19, 2018 |
Pros: lots of gorgeous coloured photos, detailed chapters, covers numerous aspects surrounding death and the afterlife

Cons: no complete text translation

This is a gorgeous pictorial overview of what we call the Egyptian Book of the Dead and what the ancient Egyptians called The Book of Coming Forth by Day. It evolved over time as a collection of knowledge and spells designed to help those for whom they were made, and with whom they were buried, find their way through the perils of the afterlife and judgement so they could ‘live’ again.

Journey Through the Afterlife takes examples from dozens of papyrus roles that have been recovered to discuss their purpose, the Egyptian view of death and the afterlife, burial practices and the act of preparing the rolls themselves.

Each chapter ends with several examples of what was discussed, often including supplementary information in their explanatory passages.

I was surprised by how many of the medieval views of magic (which I studied in university and elsewhere) started in Egypt. For example: the belief that words have power, both when spoken and written. The use of amulets. The importance of knowing the true name of spirits/gods/demons in order to have power over them. Making protective circles drawn with ‘wands’. Using ‘virgin’ (unused) papyrus (in the middle ages it would have been unused parchment) for spells. The importance of ritual in the efficacy of magic, etc.

It would have been nice had a translation of the full text of the Egyptian Book of the Dead been included, but as this book is intended as a companion guide to the texts, it’s not surprising they didn’t have room for it.

The is a beautiful and highly informative book if you have an interest in ancient Egypt, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, views of the afterlife or the ancient practice of magic. ( )
  Strider66 | Apr 9, 2014 |
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A compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey towards the realm of the gods and the ultimate state of eternity. This fascinating and important book affords a greater understanding of ancient Egyptian belief systems and poignantly reveals the hopes and fears of mortal man about the world beyond death.

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