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    DescriptionThis title presents an accessible and beautifully illustrated introduction to the "Books of the Dead" the collections of magical spells on papyrus that the Egyptians believed would help them safely reach their afterlife. It presents a concise introduction to the perennially fascinating subject of ancient Egyptian attitudes to death and the dead. The British Museum holds an unequalled collection of "Book of the Dead" manuscripts on papyri. New photography captures the exquisite detail of the painted vignettes that accompany the spells. It is published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Museum, 4 November 2010 6 March 2011. For most ancient Egyptians, life on earth was short. But death was not an end; it was merely the entering of a new phase of being. They believed that the afterlife was a real place, but various obstacles, torments and judgements had to be overcome to reach it. To ensure a safe passage, wealthy Egyptians took with them specially commissioned compilations of spells, written on papyrus rolls. There was a large number of spells to choose from: spells for obtaining air, food and water; for transforming your body into another form, such a bird or lotus; for warding off hostile snakes and crocodiles; for preventing your heart from disclosing all your sins; for not permitting others to steal your body parts and soul; for not doing work in the realm of the dead; and, so on. Through these fragile papyrus texts and vignettes and a selection of other funerary objects, this book reveals what the ancient Egyptians believed lay between life and the afterlife. The Author John H. Taylor is a curator at the British Museum specializing in ancient Egyptian funerary archaeology.


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    Title
    Spells for Eternity
    Subtitle
    The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John H. Taylor
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 193 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 390 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780714119908
    ISBN 10: 0714119903
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25830
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP1
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 03
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07, 55
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    DC22: 299.3123
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL114000
    LC classification: PJ1555.E5 T37 2010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC region code: 3.1.3.0.0.0.0
    Illustrations note
    100 colour illustrations
    Publisher
    BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
    Imprint name
    BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS
    Publication date
    08 December 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London