How to Read the "Egyptian Book of the Dead"

How to Read the "Egyptian Book of the Dead"

Paperback How to Read

By (author) Barry Kemp

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 12mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1862079137
  • ISBN 13: 9781862079137
  • Sales rank: 404,976

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The Egyptians created a world of supernatural forces so vivid, powerful and inescapable, that controlling one's destiny within it was a constant preoccupation. In life, supernatural forces manifested themselves through misfortune and illness, and after death were faced for eternity in the Otherworld along with the divine gods that controlled the universe. "The Book of the Dead" empowered the reader to overcome the dangers lurking in the Otherworld and to become one with the gods that governed. Barry Kemp selects a number of spells to explore who and what the Egyptians feared and the kind of assistance that the Book offered them, revealing a relationship between the human individual and the divine quite unlike that found in the major faiths of the modern world.

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Barry Kemp is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Field Director of The Egypt Exploration Society's archaeological expedition to Tell el-Amarna. He is the author of Ancient Egypt; Anatomy of a Civilization and 100 Hieroglyphs.

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* 'A capsule key to the ancient Egyptian mind' Dr. Norman Hammond, Archaeology Correspondent, The Times * 'Excellent, unusual and arresting...This is most certainly a book that will challenge and reward' New World * 'A fascinating tour of the most significant hieroglyphs and the people who created them' VeloCity magazine