Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt

Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt

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By (author) Rosalie David

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 25mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140262520
  • ISBN 13: 9780140262520
  • Illustrations note: 16pp b&w illustrations, maps, line drawings, photographs
  • Sales rank: 273,149

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The ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile - their life source - was a divine gift. Religion and magic permeated their civilization, and this book provides a unique insight into their religious beliefs and practices, from 5000 BC to the 4th century AD, when Egyptian Christianity replaced the earlier customs. Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; and, the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine. An appendix contains translations of Ancient Eygtian spells.

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ROSALIE DAVID is Keeper of Egyptology and Reader in Egyptology at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester. She is the Director of the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Research Project there, and has been Consultant and Presenter on TV and radio programmes in Britain, USA, Canada and Australia.

Table of contents

Religion and Magic in Ancient EgyptList of Figures and Maps List of Illustrations Acknowledgements A Chronological Table of Egyptian History Chapter 1: The Creation of Egyptian Civilization Chapter 2: The Emergence of Religion Predyanstic and Early Dynastic Periods, c.5000-2686 BCE Chapter 3: The Rise of The Sun-Cult The Old Kingdom, c.2686-2181 BCE Chapter 4: Osiris, the People's God the First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom, c.2181-1786 BCE Chapter 5: Religion and Empire Transition from the Second Intermediate Period to the Early New Kingdom, 1786-c.1400 BCE Chapter 6: The Amarna Heresy the New Kingdom, c.1400-1320 BCE Chapter 7: The Return of Orthodoxy Later New Kingdom, c.1320-1085 BCE Chapter 8: Kings and Priests: The Final Conflict The Third Intermediate and Late Periods, 1085-332 BCE Chapter 9: East Meets West: Conflict and Co-operation in Graeco-Roman Egypt 332 BCE-4th Century ACE Appendix A: Selected Passages from Egyptian Texts Appendix B: A Selective List of Major Religious Sites in Egypt and Nubia Notes Glossary Bibliography Index