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    Description"The Book of the Dead" is not a single text but a compilation of spells that the ancient Egyptians believed would assist them in the afterlife as they made their perilous journey toward the realm of the gods and the ultimate state of eternity. No two copies are identical. The spells are often accompanied by colored vignettes, which graphically show the imagined landscape of the Netherworld, the gods and demons whom the deceased will meet, and the critical 'weighing of the heart' - the judgment that will determine whether the traveler will be admitted into the afterlife or condemned to destruction by the monstrous 'Devourer'. With contributions from leading scholars and detailed catalog entries that interpret the spells and painted scenes, this fascinating and important book affords a greater understanding of ancient Egyptian belief systems and poignantly reveals the hopes and fears of mortal man about the 'world' beyond death. The whole is beautifully illustrated with specially commissioned photographs of these exceptional papyri and an array of contextual funerary objects - painted coffins, gilded masks, amulets, jewelry, tomb figurines, and mummy trappings.

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    Journey Through the Afterlife
    Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by John H. Taylor
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 312
    Width: 280 mm
    Height: 280 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 2,341 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674057500
    ISBN 10: 0674057503

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Libri: I-AT
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    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030, OCC028000
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    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
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    B&T Approval Code: A13364000
    DC22: 299.3123
    BISAC V2.8: ART035000
    DC22: 393.0932
    BISAC V2.8: REL114000
    DC22: 299/.3123
    LC classification: PJ1557 .J68 2010
    Thema V1.0: AGA, QRSA
    Illustrations note
    240 color illustrations
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    30 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    John H. Taylor is a curator at the British Museum specializing in ancient Egyptian funerary archaeology.
    Review quote
    Sumptuous...The volume is a masterpiece. -- John Ray Times Literary Supplement 20110114