Studies on the Vignettes from Chapter 17 of the Book of the Dead

Studies on the Vignettes from Chapter 17 of the Book of the Dead : I: The Image of ms.w Bdst in Ancient Egyptian Mythology

By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?


Among the numerous deities in the ancient Egyptian mythology, whose nature and function are still vague and obscure, are ms.w Bdst - 'Children of Weakness'. These beings are twice mentioned in the Book of the Dead chapter 17. The text fragments contain two local versions of the myth with ms.w Bdst - Hermopolitan (Urk. V: Abs. 1), and Heliopolitan (Urk. V: Abs. 22). Since the last text describes the combat between Re and the 'Children of Weakness', the same is likely to be reflected on the vignette, which depicts the battle of Re against ms.w Bdst, metaphorically shown in the form of a serpent. This book is a comprehensive study of the 'Children of Weakness' myth and the scene depicting the cat, cutting off the head of the serpent under the branches of the isd-tree found on the number of Book of the Dead chapter 17 vignettes.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 175 x 245 x 10mm | 429g
  • Archaeopress Archaeology
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white
  • 1784914509
  • 9781784914509
  • 1,957,613

Table of contents

Preface; Chapter 1: The scene with the cat, serpent and sacred tree, 19th-21st Dynasties; Chapter 2: Correlation between text and visual image; Chapter 3: Ms.w Bdst - the sources and the plot; Chapter 4: Ms.w Bdst in the context of BD 175A, BD 123, CT Sp. 409, pBrooklyn 47.218.84 and the Book of Heavenly Cow - the Cosmogonic myth denouement; Chapter 5: Ms.w Bdst in the Book of Gates; Chapter 6: Ms.w Bdst - the name and the image; Chapter 7: Essence of ms.w Bdst in the Egyptian world view; Conclusion; Appendix 1: Catalogue of sources; Appendix 2: Selected texts; Abbreviations; Bibliography
show more

About Mykola Tarasenko

Dr Mykola Tarasenko is a Senior Fellow at the . Yu. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyev. His research area is focused on the studies of illustrative tradition of the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, and specifically the vignettes of spell 17. In 2007 he was awarded the fellowship grant of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) for the study course at the 'Bonn Book of the Dead Project' (Bonn Totenbuchprojekt). In 2014 he won the fellowship grant of the Stiftungsfonds fur Postgraduates der AEgyptologie (Vienna, Austria). The current book is the result of his work within these Fellowships Projects.
show more