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Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt
     

Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt

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by Geraldine Pinch
 

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ISBN-10: 0195170245

ISBN-13: 9780195170245

Pub. Date: 04/08/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth.

Spanning Ancient Egyptian

Overview

From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth.

Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture—from 3200 BC to AD 400—Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on its often misunderstood belief system. She discusses the nature of myths and the history of Egypt, from the predynastic to the postpharaonic period. She explains how Egyptian culture developed around the flooding of the Nile, or the "inundation," a phenomenon on which the whole welfare of the country depended, and how aspects of the inundation were personified as deities. She explains that the usually cloudless skies made for a preoccupation with the stars and planets. Indeed, much early Egyptian mythology may have developed to explain the movement of these celestial bodies. She provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each stage, such as the reign of the sun God. A substantial A to Z section covers the principal themes and concepts of Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters. For anyone who wants to know about Anubis, the terrifying canine god who presided over the mummification of bodies and guarded burials, or Hathor, the golden goddess who helped women to give birth and the dead to be reborn, or an explanation of the nun, the primeval ocean from which all life came, Egyptian Mythology is the place to look.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195170245
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/08/2004
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
85,156
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chronologyxi
1Introduction1
What Is a Myth?1
Myth and Geography2
History and the Sources of Egyptian Myth4
Protodynastic (Dynasty 0) and Early Dynastic Periods (Dynasties 1-2): c. 3200-2686 BCE5
Early Kings5
The King and the Gods6
Old Kingdom (Dynasties 3-6) and First Intermediate Period (Dynasties 7-11): c. 2686-2055 BCE8
The Pyramid Builders8
The Pyramid Texts9
Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period (Dynasties 11-17): c. 2055-1550 BCE12
The Coffin Texts13
Literature16
Magic and Popular Religion17
New Kingdom (Dynasties 18-20) and Third Intermediate Period (Dynasties 21-24): c. 1550-747 BCE19
Temples and Kings21
Underworld Books24
The Book of the Dead26
Mythology in Literature28
The End of the New Kingdom30
Late Period and Ptolemaic Period (Dynasties 25-30 and the Ptolemies): 747-30 BCE31
The Memphite Theology32
Persians and Greeks34
Alexandria and Memphis35
Priests and Temples under the Ptolemies37
Isis and Horus39
Roman Period: 30 BCE-395 CE40
Plutarch's Osiris41
Demotic Literature42
Land of Magicians43
Post-Pharaonic Egypt45
2Mythical Time Lines57
Linear Time57
Chaos58
Emergence of the Creator59
Creation61
Period of Direct Rule by the Creator Sun God68
Period of Rule by Other Gods76
Period of Rule by Kings85
Return to Chaos89
Cyclical Time89
The Egyptian Year90
The Solar Cycle91
The Journey of the Soul93
3Deities, Themes, and Concepts99
Aker99
Akhet99
Ammut100
Amun (Amon, Ammon, Amen)100
Anat (Anath, Anta)102
Andjety (Anedjeti)102
Anti (Anty)103
Anubis (Anpu, Inpw)104
Anuket (Anukis)105
Apis105
Apophis (Apep)106
Arsaphes108
Ash108
Astarte (Ashtarte)108
Aten (Aton)109
Atum (Atem)111
Baal112
Babi (Baba)112
Baboons113
Banebdjedet (Banebdjed)114
Bastet (Bast, Boubastis, Pasht)115
Bat117
Bata117
Benu Bird (Phoenix)117
Bes and Beset118
Birds120
Boats121
Cattle123
Crocodiles126
Djed Pillar127
Ennead of Heliopolis128
Eye of Ra128
Eyes of Horus131
Feline Deities132
Geb135
Hand of Atum136
Hapy (Hapi)136
Hathor (Hwt-hr)137
Hatmehyt139
Heh Gods139
Heka (Hika)139
Heqet (Heqat, Hekat)139
Heryshef (Arsaphes, Harsaphes)141
Hippopotamus Goddesses141
Horemakhet (Harmachis)143
Horus (Hor)143
Horus the Child (Harpokrates, Harpocrates)146
Hu147
Ihy148
Imhotep (Imouthes)148
Ipet (Opet)149
Isis149
Iusaas152
Khentamentiu (Khentamenti)152
Khenty-Khety152
Khepri (Khepry, Khopri)152
Khnum (Chnum)153
Khonsu (Khons, Chons)155
Kings and Princes156
Lotus158
Maat (Ma'et)159
Mafdet161
Magicians161
Mahes (Mihos)163
Mehet-Weret (Mehurit, Methyer)163
Mehit (Mehyt, Mekhit)164
Meretseger164
Meskhenet164
Min164
Montu (Mont, Month)165
Moon166
Mut (Mout)168
Nefertem (Nefertum)169
Nehebkau169
Neith (Neit)169
Nekhbet170
Nemty171
Neper (Nepri)171
Nephthys171
Nun (Noun, Nu)172
Nut (Nout)173
Ogdoad of Hermopolis175
Onuris (Anhur, Inhur, Inhert)177
Osiris178
Pakhet180
Primeval Mound180
Primeval Ocean181
Ptah181
Ra (Re, Pre)182
Raet-Tawy (Raiyet)185
Ra-Horakhty185
Renenutet (Ernutet, Hermouthis, Thermouthis)185
Satet (Satis) and Anuket (Anukis)186
Sekhmet (Sakhmet)187
Serqet (Serket, Selkis)189
Seshat (Sechat)190
Seth (Set, Sutekh)191
Seven Hathors194
Shai (Shay)194
Shed195
Shentayet195
Shezmu195
Shu (Schu, Chou) and Tefnut (Tefenet)195
Sia and Hu (Hw)198
Snakes198
Sobek (Suchos)200
Sokar (Soker, Sokaris)202
Sons of Horus204
Sopdet (Sothis)205
Sopdu (Sopedu, Soped)205
Sothis206
Souls of Pe and Nekhen206
Sphinx206
Stars and Planets207
Tatjenen (Tatenen)209
Taweret (Tweret, Taurt, Thoeris)209
Tayet209
Tefnut209
Thoth209
Two Ladies211
Wadjyt (Wadjet, Ouadjet, Uto)213
Wepwawet (Upwaut)213
Weret-Hekau214
Wosret214
4Egyptian Myth: Annotated Print and Nonprint Resources215
Print Resources215
General Works on Egyptian Culture215
Egpytian Religion and Myth217
Books and Articles on Egyptian Myth in other Languages220
English Translations of Ancient Texts220
A Selection of Literature Influenced by Egyptian Myth222
Nonprint Resources224
Videos224
Web Sites and CD-Roms224
Glossary227
AppendixPrimary Sources233
Index239
About the Author257

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Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clearly written, concise, and has an excellent bibliography of both print and electronic references. With all the garbage about Egypt on the web, I find this extremely helpful to figure out who has a clue. The book begins with a short history of Egypt from the pre-dynastic to post-pharonic times and also introduces/gives context for myth and religion in ancient Egypt. It is a good introduction and reference, but not meant to be comprehensive. The things that I most wanted but didn't have were cross-references for deity names, which can be spelled several different ways, and a better explanation of the Egyptian concept of the soul.