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Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

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by Raymond O. Faulkner (Translator), James P. Allen (Introduction)
 

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"As for him who knows this book, nothing evil shall have power over him, he shall not be turned away at the gates of the West; he shall go in and out, and bread and beer and all good things shall be given to him in the presence of those who are in the Netherworld."
—Spell 181, Book of the Dead of Ani

Written between four thousand and twenty-five

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"As for him who knows this book, nothing evil shall have power over him, he shall not be turned away at the gates of the West; he shall go in and out, and bread and beer and all good things shall be given to him in the presence of those who are in the Netherworld."
—Spell 181, Book of the Dead of Ani

Written between four thousand and twenty-five hundred years ago, the funerary texts today referred to as the "Book of the Dead" are among the earliest religious or philosophical writings in existence. The Book of the Dead was known to the ancient Egyptians as the "Spells of Emerging in Daytime," for according to their beliefs the spirit lives on after death, emerging each morning from the tomb to walk among the living in the world it once new but on a higher plane of existence. In this sense, the "Book of the Dead" is more aptly called the Book of Life. It includes magical spells, prayers, and incantations to help the deceased transition from death to eternal life as a spirit and to protect the spirit from the dangerous forces that inhabited the Netherworld, through which it would pass each night.

The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead introduces readers to the fascinating religious and philosophical beliefs of ancient Egypt with a modern translation of the Papyrus of Ani, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved examples of a "Book of the Dead." It describes a strange world where goddess inhabit trees, where baboons worship the sun, and where the spirit of the deceased can magically transform itself into a falcon, crocodile, or lotus blossom. Illuminating the sacred writings are nearly two hundred magnificent works of ancient Egyptian art, featuring richly colored vignettes from the Papyrus of Ani and other ancient papyri as well as stunning examples of jewelry and other symbolic funerary objects and artworks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760773093
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (PagePerfect NOOK Book) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this item at my local Barnes&Noble bookstore. It is absolutely stunning. As if the beauty of Egypt isn't enough to captivate you, this wonderful cover featuring a lovely design is actually like a piece of jewelry you can feel. I was immediately taken by the outside but was awe-inspired by the inside. It is truly breathtaking. I would have thought a book of this style and considerable beauty would be three times as much. It is the actual book of the dead spells with vivid drawings and descriptions. This would make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone else. I would highly recommend this item to anyone who loves or just wants to know more about Egypt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a birthday present for my fiance's birthday and he loved it! It really is quite interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book thinking it to be a reference book. As I started to read it, i realized it was the actual scrolls of the dead. It is VERY interesting, BEAUTIFULLY written, and ILLUSTRATED!
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NOTaMuggle89 More than 1 year ago
Those with more than a slight interest in Egyptology will be very disappointed in this translation of the Book of the Dead. The book contains ONLY the English translation in prose without any references to the original hieroglyphs. There are some nice photographs of the ancient text but the captions are not very informative. One would need to be able to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs fluently in order to make sense of these photographs. Ancient artefacts such as the Book of the Dead cannot be translated in full with 100% certainty, yet this book does not indicate where in the translation ambiguities or missing portions occur. The book is also quite small (about 9"x7") with small text. All in all, this set - both book and scarab - is quite beautiful but is best suited for those who have a mild interest in Egyptology and are looking for a basic introduction to the Book of the Dead.