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Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt


  • Date Published: August 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521613002

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  • This book is a vivid reconstruction of the practical aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. Through an examination of artefacts and inscriptions, the text explores a variety of issues. For example, who was allowed to enter the temples, and what rituals were performed 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.

    • 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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    'In Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, Emily Teeter presents her readers with a very helpful offering on Egyptian religion. Rather than examining abstract or esoteric principles, Teeter's book aims to address lived religion, 'how ancient Egyptians related to and worshipped their gods, and how religion affected their daily lives' … In it she ably familiarizes the reader with the fundamental elements of Egyptian religion, including the priests, temples, festivals, divine-human communication, magic, and the afterlife … Overall, Teeter's work is to be highly recommended both for the classroom and for the scholar of biblical and comparative literature.' Michael B. Hundley, Journal of Biblical Literature

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 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: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The Egyptian mind
    2. Priests
    3. Inside the temple: the world of the gods
    4. Festivals
    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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient Egyptian Language, Culture and History
    • Critical Thinking & World Literature
    • Egyptology
  • Author

    Emily Teeter, University of Chicago
    Emily Teeter Ph.D. is a Research Associate and Coordinator of Special Exhibits at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She has curated temporary and permanent exhibits of Egyptian art at the Oriental Institute Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The author and co-author of a wide range of popular and scholarly publications, her most recent books include Ancient Egypt: Treasures from the Collection of the Oriental Institute; Egypt and the Egyptians; and The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt.

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