The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day

The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day


By (author) James Wasserman

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  • Publisher: Kws Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 361mm x 18mm | 1,383g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 0981773605
  • ISBN 13: 9780981773605
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 795,722

Product description

The ancient purpose of the funerary papyrus known as Book of the Dead of Ani was to guide the Egyptian soul to the afterlife and this icon of that ancient culture is presented here for the first time in a single volume. The original is 78 feet in total length and 3,500 years old; this presentation contains the original facsimile edition from 1890. The hieroglyphic text and vignettes are juxtaposed with the English translation of each chapter on the same page that the Egyptian text occurs. The power, wisdom, and spiritual vision offered in its pages goes back to the spiritual and cultural roots of humanity. This beautiful account will be a prized possession for those interested in the world of ancient Egypt--and in the beginnings of civilization itself.

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Author information

James Wasserman is a graphic designer, an editor, and the author of "Illustrated History of the Knights Templar," "The Mystery Traditions: Secret Symbols and Sacred Art," and "The Temple of Solomon." He lives in New York City. Dr. Ogden Goelet is a professor of Egyptian language and culture at New York University. He lives in New York City. Carol Andrews is a former curator of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum. Dr. Raymond Faulkner was a renowned British Egyptologist, the translator of many key Egyptological texts, and author of numerous scholarly publications.

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"This magnificent book is the first complete presentation of the "Papyrus of Ani", featuring graphics that reveal beautifully the texture of the original papyrus, coupled with the translated text. The original papyrus, on its discovery, was cut into sections for transport. The careless cutting of uneducated workers left the manuscscipt almost indecipherable, and to date only sections of it have been made available to the public. Computer imaging allowed the papyrus to be pieced into its original state, and a faithful translation was then possible. This document is precious not only for its historic significance, but also for its glimpse into the ancient Egyptian religion and its teachings about the passage from life to death. Commentaries and other notes make this work even more accessible. A spectacularly beautiful work of devotion." --"NAPRA Trade Journal"