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This book is a vivid reconstruction of the practical aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. Through an examination of artifacts and inscriptions, the text explores a variety of issues. For example, who was allowed to enter the temples, and what rituals were preformed therein? Who served as priests? How were they organized and trained, and what did they do? What was the Egyptians’ attitude toward death, and what happened at funerals? How did the living and dead communicate? In what ways could people communicate with the gods? What impact did religion have on the economy and longevity of the society? This book demystifies Egyptian religion, exploring what it meant to the people and society. The text is richly illustrated with images of rituals and religious objects.Read more
- First full account of religious rituals of ancient Egypt
- Relies on quotes from ancient texts
- Heavily illustrated with rarely-seen images
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"If you’ve read Emily Teeter’s other books on Egyptology or her catalogues for the exhibits she manages at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, you will expect this book to be full of great detail and thorough scholarship, delivered with ease in a flowing style that makes it a fast read and enjoyable throughout. If those are your expectations, you will be rewarded." -Brian Alm, Egyptological
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- Date Published: June 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521613002
- length: 266 pages
- dimensions: 250 x 180 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.61kg
- contains: 101 b/w illus. 2 maps
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The Egyptian mind
3. Inside the temple: the world of the gods
5. Contacting the gods
6. The presence of the gods: how gods communicated with men
7. Death and funeral rites
8. Communicating with the dead
9. Magic to charm and to kill
10. The Amarna Period: practical aspects of 'monotheism'
Afterword: an appraisal of Egyptian religion.
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