Becoming Osiris: The Ancient Egyptian Death Experience

Becoming Osiris: The Ancient Egyptian Death Experience

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by Ruth Schumann Antelme, Stephane Rossini
     
 

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ANCIENT EGYPT

In the Book of the Dead the ancient Egyptians left humanity one of the most comprehensive views of the death experience and the afterlife. Without sacrificing any of the rich complexity of pharaonic thought, Becoming Osiris provides a detailed examination of this major religious text, making it easily accessible to the modern reader. This is

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ANCIENT EGYPT

In the Book of the Dead the ancient Egyptians left humanity one of the most comprehensive views of the death experience and the afterlife. Without sacrificing any of the rich complexity of pharaonic thought, Becoming Osiris provides a detailed examination of this major religious text, making it easily accessible to the modern reader. This is a thought provoking account of the numerous initiatory stages of the immortalization process and the magical self-defense techniques necessary for the soul to achieve its ultimate objective of becoming a luminous being. But 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 gives an incisive account of both The Ritual of Embalming, which transforms the dead individual into a latent Osiris, and The Ritual of the Opening of the Mouth, which restores to the dead person his faculties. Though thousands of years old these texts have an astounding contemporary relevance. Filled with illustrations from the rich field of Egyptian funerary art, Becoming Osiris is a fascinating look at the Osirian odyssey that was the ancient Egyptian death experience.

STÉPHANE 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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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."
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"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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"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."
From the Publisher
"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:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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

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

"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."

"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."

"A fascinating and in-depth look at . . . how actual events inevitably evolve into the stuff of indecipherable legend as centuries pass."

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