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: 129mm x 198mm x 24mm | 399g
  • 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: 270,398

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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.