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Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

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By (author) John H. Taylor

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 244mm x 20mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 30 May 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226791645
  • ISBN 13: 9780226791647
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: 160 colour plates, 25 halftones
  • Sales rank: 383,858

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Egyptians are perhaps best known for the fascinating ways in which they grappled with the mysteries of death and the afterlife. This illustrated book draws on the British Museum's world-famous collection of mummies and other funerary evidence to offer an account of Egyptian beliefs in an afterlife and examine the ways in which Egyptian society responded materially to the challenges these beliefs imposed. The book describes the numerous provisions made for the dead and the intricate rituals carried out on their behalf. It looks at embalming, coffins and sarcophagi, "shabti" figures, magic and rituals, and amulets and payri, as well as the mummification of sacred animals, which were buried by the millions in vast labyrinthine catacombs. The text also reflects developments in the interpretation of Egyptian burial practices, such as the use of noninvasive imaging techniques to look inside the wrappings of a mummy and the chemical analysis of materials used in the embalming process. "Death and the afterlife in Ancient Egypt" illuminates apects of this complex culture that still perplexes researchers more than 3000 years after it's decline.

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John H. Taylor is an assistant keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Musuem. He is the author of "Egyptian Coffins, Unwrapping a Mummy," and "Egypt and Nubia."

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Of all the ancient peoples, the Egyptians are perhaps best known for the fascinating ways in which they grappled with the mysteries of death and the afterlife. This beautifully illustrated book draws on the British Museum's world-famous collection of mummies and other funerary evidence to offer an accessible account of Egyptian beliefs in an afterlife and examine the ways in which Egyptian society responded materially to the challenges these beliefs imposed. The author describes in detail the numerous provisions made for the dead and the intricate rituals carried out on their behalf. He considers embalming, coffins and sarcophagi, "shabti" figures, magic and ritual, and amulets and papyri, as well as the mummification of sacred animals, which were buried by the millions in vast labyrinthine catacombs. The text also reflects recent developments in the interpretation of Egyptian burial practices, and incorporates the results of much new scientific research. Newly acquired information derives from a range of sophisticated applications, such as the use of noninvasive imaging techniques to look inside the wrappings of a mummy, and the chemical analysis of materials used in the embalming process. Authoritative, concise, and lucidly written, "Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt" illuminates aspects of this complex, vibrant culture that still perplex us more than 3,000 years later.