Books of the Dead

Overview

Redesigned and reformatted for a new generation of readers, this classic series provides illustrated introductions by distinguished writers and scholars to the worlds of mythology, symbols, and sacred traditions.
Shamans and mystics seeking to enter the afterlife by "dying before dying" have inspired Books of the Dead across continents and millennia, from Egypt and Tibet to Europe and the Americas. Stanislav Grof suggests that these depictions, ritual manuals, and mythic maps ...
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Overview

Redesigned and reformatted for a new generation of readers, this classic series provides illustrated introductions by distinguished writers and scholars to the worlds of mythology, symbols, and sacred traditions.
Shamans and mystics seeking to enter the afterlife by "dying before dying" have inspired Books of the Dead across continents and millennia, from Egypt and Tibet to Europe and the Americas. Stanislav Grof suggests that these depictions, ritual manuals, and mythic maps for the afterlife are bound by common threads and that modern consciousness research may bring us closer than ever to the realms beyond life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500810583
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/4/2013
  • Series: Art and Imagination Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanislav Grof, a psychiatrist, is one of the founders of transpersonal psychology. He is based in San Francisco.
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Table of Contents

The Ancient Books of the Dead
Manifestation in the Light: The Egyptian Book of the Dead 7
Liberation Through Hearing: The Tibetan Book of the Dead 11
The Ballgame in the Underworld: The Maya Book of the Dead 17
The Mystery of the Plumed Serpent: The Nahuatl Book of the Dead 20
The Art of Dying: The Christian Book of the Dead 23
The Posthumous Journey of the Soul: Myth and Science 26
Plates 33
Themes 65
Egyptian Deities of the 'First Time' 66
The Sun's Underworld Voyage 68
Visions of the Bardo Thodol 70
The Six Realms of Existence 74
Death, Rebirth and the Maya Underworld 76
The Ballgame of the Gods 78
Quetzalcoatl: the Redemption of Spirit from Matter 80
Death and the Strategy of Life 82
The Visionary Quest 84
Attitudes to the Human Body 86
The Scenery and Inhabitants of the Netherworld 88
Animals of the Beyond 90
Deities as Models 92
Transcendence and the Emergence into Light 94
Bibliography and Sources of Illustrations 96
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