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Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

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The Book of the Dead is not a single text but a compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey toward the realm of the gods and the ultimate state of eternity. No two copies are identical. The spells are often accompanied by colored vignettes, which graphically show the imagined landscape of the Netherworld, the gods and demons whom the deceased will meet, and the critical "weighing of the heart"--the judgment that will determine whether the traveler will be admitted into the afterlife or condemned to destruction by the monstrous "Devourer." With contributions from leading scholars and detailed catalog entries that interpret the spells and painted scenes, 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. The whole is beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned photographs of these exceptional papyri and an array of contextual funerary objects--painted coffins, gilded masks, amulets, jewelry, tomb figurines, and mummy trappings.

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John H. Taylor is a curator at the British Museum specializing in ancient Egyptian funerary archaeology.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674072398
Subtitle:
Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Author:
Taylor, John H.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
ART / Subjects & Themes/Religious
Subject:
Social Science-Customs & Traditions
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130513
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
240 color illustrations
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
11 x 11 in

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