Ancient Egyptian Religion : An Interpretation
Until the publication of this masterly study, Egyptian religion was thought by most scholars to be a nearly impenetrable jungle of weird myths, doctrines, and practices, the product of numerous unrelated local cults existing side by side. Misconceptions were exacerbated by the monotheistic bias of Western thought. Henri Frankfort, former Research Professor of Oriental Archaeology at the University of Chicago and former Director of Excavations for the Egypt Exploration Society of London, presents formidable evidence to the contrary, by disregarding local differences in cults and dogmas and focusing instead on the trends and qualities that regularly recur in five important aspects of Egyptian life. Using this method, Dr. Frankfort concludes that there is one conviction underlying all Egyptian belief, i.e., that the universe is static and that only the changeless is ultimately significant.
Delving into Egyptian theology, the author shows how that view informed not only religious beliefs, but also Egyptian moral and political philosophy, government and society, and literature and art. Enhanced with 32 illustrations, this book is "one of the finest elucidations of these materials that we have anywhere" (AmericanHistorical Review). Chronological Table. Index. Preface. 32 halftones.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 137 x 216 x 13.46mm | 217.72g
- 16 Nov 2011
- Dover Publications Inc.
- New York, United States
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Table of contents
1. The Egyptian Gods THE GODS AND THEIR SYMBOLS SACRED ANIMALS AND OTHERNESS COSMIC GODS AND HUMAN PROBLEMS THE IMMANENCE OF THlE GODS AND TIlE LIMITATIONS OF EGYPTIAN BELIGIOSITY
2. The Egyptian State TIlE EGYPTIAN CONCEPTION OF TIlE STATE TIlE ORGANIZATION OF TIlE STATE TIlE PERSON OF TIlE MONARCH6 CHANGE, PERMANENCE, AND THlE CONCEPTION OF MAAT
3. The Egyptian Way of Life TIlE "TEACHINGS" THlE PRAGMATIC MISINTERPRETATION SUCCESS AS ATTUNEMENT TIlE ABSENCE OF TIlE CONCEPT OF SIN THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TRADITION
4. The Egyptian Hope THE PREOCCUPATION WITH DEATH TIlE DEAD IN TIlE TOMBS TIlE APPEARING DEAD TIlE TRANSFIGUBED DEAD 5. Change and Permanence in Literature and Art OBSTACLES TO OUR UNDERSTANDING THE MYTH IN FOLK TALE AND LITERATURE THE ABSENCE OF DRAMA NARRATIVE VERSUS POETIC STYLE THE SHORT STORY ARCHITECTURAL FORMSChronological Table