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    Description"The ancient Egyptian sources come alive, speaking to us without seeming alien to our modern ways of thinking. Andreas Schweizer invites us to join the nocturnal voyage of the solar barque and to immerse ourselves, with the 'Great Soul' of the sun, into the darkness surrounding us. Here in the illustrations and texts of the Amduat, threats hidden in the depths of our soul become visible as concrete images, an analysis of which remains ever worthwhile: even in the guise of the evil, ominous, or dark side of godhead with which Schweizer concerns himself. The netherworld into which we descend underlies our own world. Creative energies of dreadful intensity are active there, and only death, to which all must surrender, makes us truly alive by offering us regeneration from the depths." Erik Hornung, from the ForewordThe Amduat (literally "that which is in the netherworld") tells the story of the nocturnal journey of Re, the Egyptian Sungod, through the netherworld from the time when the sun dies, after setting in the west, to its rebirth at sunrise in the east. In the middle of the night, in the profoundest depths of the netherworld, this resurrection is made possible by a mystical union of the sun with the mummified body of Osiris, god of the dead. This great mystery of the union between the freely moving soul of the Sungod, longing for the bright and boundless sky, with Osiris's corpse, which is irrevocably bound to the subterranean realm of the dead, evokes the renewal of all life and the restoration of totality.In the Egyptian belief system, the pharaohs and in later times all blessed dead embarked on this same "night-sea journey" after death, ultimately becoming one with Re and living forever. The vision of the afterlife elaborated in the Amduat, dating from around 1500 B.C.E., has been influential for millennia, providing the model for an entire genre of Egyptian literature, the Books of the Afterlife, which in turn endured into the Greco-Roman era. Its themes and images persisted into gnostic and alchemical texts and made their way into early Christian portrayals of the beyond.In The Sungod's Journey through the Netherworld, Andreas Schweizer guides the reader through the Amduat, offering a psychological interpretation of its principal textual and iconographic elements. He is concerned with themes that run deep and wide in human experience, drawing on Jungian archetypes to find similar expression in many cultures worldwide: sleep as death; resurrection as reawakening or rebirth; and salvation or redemption, whether from original sin (as for Christians) or from the total annihilation of death (as for the ancient Egyptians)."


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    Title
    The Sungod's Journey Through the Netherworld
    Subtitle
    Reading the Ancient Egyptian Amduat
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andreas Schweizer, Edited by David Lorton, Foreword by Erik Hornung
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801448751
    ISBN 10: 0801448751
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP1
    DC22: 299.31
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 55
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 299/.31
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: PSY045060, REL114000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PJ1558 .S3913 2010
    BISAC region code: 3.1.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHC, NHG, QRSA
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3C-AA-E
    Illustrations note
    62
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    08 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "The Sungod's Journey Through the Netherworldis a unique examination of the Egyptian concept of the afterlife. It provides a window into the thought processes of this ancient civilization and their mythology.... Indeed this book opens new possibilities for examining the psychological foundations of ancient mythologies and the texts that describe them." Robert D. Bates, Near East Archaeological Bulletin(2013)"