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Becoming Osiris: The Ancient Egyptian Death Experience

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 An in-depth examination of the ancient Egyptian approach to death and its relevance to the modern near-death experience 

• A thought-provoking account of the numerous initiatic stages of the immortalization process 

• Examines the Ritual of Embalming and the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, both central to the ancient Egyptian death experience 

• Includes numerous illustrations from the rich field of Egyptian funeral art 

In their well-known Book of the Dead, the ancient Egyptians ...

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Overview

 An in-depth examination of the ancient Egyptian approach to death and its relevance to the modern near-death experience 

• A thought-provoking account of the numerous initiatic stages of the immortalization process 

• Examines the Ritual of Embalming and the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, both central to the ancient Egyptian death experience 

• Includes numerous illustrations from the rich field of Egyptian funeral art 

In their well-known Book of the Dead, the ancient Egyptians left humanity one of the most comprehensive looks at the death experience and the afterlife. Without sacrificing the rich complexity of pharaonic thought, Stephane Rossini and Ruth Schumann Antelme provide an accessible, thought-provoking account of the numerous initiatic stages of the immortalization process and the magical self-defense techniques necessary for the soul to achieve its ultimate objective as a solarized being. 

The true significance of the ancient Egyptian view of death cannot be entirely comprehended without knowledge of the practices that preceded those described in the Book of the Dead. Becoming Osiris presents an informative account of both the Ritual of Embalming, which transforms the deceased into a latent Osiris, and the Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, which restores to the deceased his faculties. Though thousands of years old, these texts have an astounding contemporary relevance. 

With numerous illustrations from the rich field of Egyptian funeral art, Becoming Osiris presents a comprehensive guide to the fascinating Osirian odyssey that is the ancient Egyptian death experience. 

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Editorial Reviews

Graham Hancock
"An exciting and original intellectual quest . . . important new facts concerning the mysterious origins of human civilization."
Nigel Jackson
"A magnificently researched work; its starling conclusions will undoubtedly reverberate over the coming decades."
David Rohl
"A fascinating piece of research which does much to bring the biblical world of Eden back into the historical spotlight . . . a major contribution to the study of the genesis of civilization."
Barbara Ardinger
"Tracking down angels both heavenly and fallen, Collins' detective work takes him through entire libraries. . . . His conclusion is that we humans are not the first race to live on the planet. Reading books like this one can be as much fun as reading Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie."
Sandy Moss
"A fascinating and in-depth look at . . . how actual events inevitably evolve into the stuff of indecipherable legend as centuries pass."
Egyptologist and author of A Test of Time David Rohl
"A fascinating piece of research which does much to bring the biblical world of Eden back into the historical spotlight . . . a major contribution to the study of the genesis of civilization."
author of The Horned Piper Nigel Jackson
"A magnificently researched work; its starling conclusions will undoubtedly reverberate over the coming decades."
author of Fingerprints of the Gods Graham Hancock
"An exciting and original intellectual quest . . . important new facts concerning the mysterious origins of human civilization."
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"A fascinating and in-depth look at . . . how actual events inevitably evolve into the stuff of indecipherable legend as centuries pass."

"A fascinating piece of research which does much to bring the biblical world of Eden back into the historical spotlight . . . a major contribution to the study of the genesis of civilization."

"A magnificently researched work; its starling conclusions will undoubtedly reverberate over the coming decades."

"An exciting and original intellectual quest . . . important new facts concerning the mysterious origins of human civilization."

"Tracking down angels both heavenly and fallen, Collins' detective work takes him through entire libraries. . . . His conclusion is that we humans are not the first race to live on the planet. Reading books like this one can be as much fun as reading Conan Doyle or Agatha Christie."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892816521
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 572,136
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephane Rossini is a professional illustrator and the author of Reading and Writing Hieroglyphs. Ruth Schumann-Antelme is an Egyptologist, an emeritus researcher of the CNRS in France and a professor at the School of the Louvre.

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface

Hymn to Osiris

1. Ancient Egypt in Context
The Effect of Geography on Egyptian Thought
The Concept of the Eternal Return
The Ritual Integration of the Deceased and the Tomb in the
Cycle of Everyday Life
The Constituent Elements of the Individual
The Texts and Rituals of Immortality

FIRST STAGE: THE EMBALMING

2. The Transformation of the Deceased into a Latent Osiris

The Preparation of the Body to Be Embalmed
The Intervention of the Deities

SECOND STAGE: THE OPENING OF THE MOUTH RITUAL

3. The Restoration of the Deceased’s Faculties

The Place and the Protagonists for the Opening of the Mouth Ritual
The Enactment of the Opening of the Mouth Ritual
The Funeral Banquet

THIRD STAGE: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD, METHODS OF OBTAINING IMMORTALITY

4. The Return to the Universal Matrix

The First Contact of the Deceased with the Beyond
The Magic Funerary Statuettes
The First Obstacles to Entering the Dwat
Guardian Deities, Hope, and Adoration of Ra

5. Teachings for Coming Forth by Day

Summary of Essential Knowledge
Accompanying Prayers for the Deceased and the Litany to Thoth
Mystical Restoration and Reactivation of the Individual

6. Magical Self-Defense

Invocation to the Heart
Places and Forces Hostile to the Deceased
Magical Protection for the Deceased
The Mystical Food for the Departed
Mastery of the Elements

7. Transformations and Solarization of the Deceased

General Program for the Coming Forth by Day and Practical
Recommendations
Alleged History of Chapter 64
The Transmuted One Takes Cosmic Flight to Meet the Divine Powers
Return to the Tomb and Provisions for the Solarized One
The Twelve Avatars of the Glorified Individual

8. Magical Integration of the Transfigured One
within the Cosmic Framework
The Dead Individual Assures Himself of the Presence of His Soul,
His Shadow, and His Ka
Thoth Hands over the Magic Palette to the Deceased
Formula for Bringing the Ferry in the Sky to
Oneself and Voyaging with Ra
Invocation to the Ka and to the Souls of the Holy Cities

9. The Vindicated Explores the Cycle of the Beyond

Travels and Works in the Land of Abundance
Stellar Take-Off and the Return to the Tomb
The Tribunal of Osiris
The Vindicated, Osiris-Ra, Travels through the Hereafter

10. Accompaniment of the Deceased and Geography of the Beyond

Prayers and Magic Practices Based on Lunar Rhythms
The Deceased in the Service of Ra: Solar Destiny
Ritual Furnishings for the Tomb and Its Safeguards
The Four Secret Books

11. The Mystical Labyrinth and the Glorious Arrival

The Geography of the Beyond
Dangers of the Beyond and Protective Amulets for the Dead
The Opening of the Sky to the Four Cosmic Winds
The Radiant Glorification of the Deceased, Osiris-Ra

12. The Additional Chapters

Preservation of the Body and Soul of the Deceased
Homage Paid by the Deceased to the Deities of the Caverns and to Osiris
The Destruction of the World and the Cosmic Renewal
Glorification of Osiris-Ra

Epilogue

Appendix: Were the Ancient Egyptians Familiar with Near Death Experiences?

Deities and Guardian Spirits Cited

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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