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Author Hornung, Erik.

Uniform Title Altagyptische Jenseitsbucher. English
Title The ancient Egyptian books of the afterlife / Erik Hornung ; translated from the German by David Lorton.

Imprint Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, c1999.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  299.31 H785an 1999    ---  Available
Description xxii, 188 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [157]-182) and index.
Contents The pyramid texts -- The coffin texts -- The book of the dead -- The books of breathing -- The new kingdom books of the netherworld: general; the amduat; the spell of the twelve caves; the book of gates; the enigmatic book of the netherworld; the book of caverns; the book of the earth; miscellaneous scenes -- The books of the sky: the book of nut; the book of the day; the book of the night -- Special compositions: the litany of re; the book of the heavenly cow; the book of traversing eternity.
Summary This volume offers a survey about what is known about the Ancient Egyptians' vision of the afterlife and an examination of these beliefs that were written down in books that were later discovered in royal tombs. The contents of the texts range from the collection of spells in the Book of the Dead, which was intended to offer practical assistance on the journey to the afterlife, to the detailed accounts of the hereafter provided in the Books of the Netherworld. The author looks closely at these latter works, while summarizing the contents of the Book of the Dead and other widely studied examples of the genre. For each composition, he discusses the history of its ancient transmission and its decipherment in modern times, supplying bibliographic information for any text editions. He also seeks to determine whether this literature as a whole presents a monolithic conception of the afterlife. The volume features many drawings from the books themselves.
Language Translated from the German.
Subject Incantations, Egyptian.
Future life.
Egypt -- Religion.
Added Author Lorton, David, 1945-
ISBN 0801485150 (paper : alk. paper)
0801435153 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780801435157 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780801485152 (paper : alk. paper)

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