Handbook of Egyptian Mythology

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In this comprehensive introduction to Egyptian mythology, author Geraldine Pinch shows how the mythology of Ancient Egypt must be pieced together from a variety of written and visual sources. Relationships between deities changed, and the Egyptian myths were never gathered by priests into an "authorized version."

Handbook of Egyptian Mythology provides a brief discussion about the nature of myths; the concept of time in Egyptian mythology; a historical overview of the sources of Egyptian myth; and a dictionary of deities, themes, and concepts, which concentrates on the prominent gods and goddesses in Egyptian myth. The book also includes references to general works on Egyptian culture, religion, and myth; translations of ancient texts; and a selection of literature influenced by Egyptian myth.

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"Students at the high-school level and above who are doing research on Egyptian mythology will find this volume interesting and helpful . . . This volume is recommended for medium-sized and large public libraries and academic libraries with lower-division mythology and Egyptology classes."



"Well-documented and written in clear and concise prose . . . Well organized and thorough, this is an excellent introduction to the complex world of Egyptian mythology. General readers; lower-division undergraduates."



Library Journal
A 56-page introduction and only a handful of big thematic sections, belongs in circulating collections, since one must rely solely on the index to access the contents. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576072424
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/17/2002
  • Series: World Mythology Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
What Is a Myth? 1
Myth and Geography 2
History and the Sources of Egyptian Myth 4
Protodynastic (Dynasty 0) and Early Dynastic Periods (Dynasties 1-2): c. 3200-2686 B.C.E. 5
Old Kingdom (Dynasties 3-6) and First Intermediate Period (Dynasties 7-11): c. 2686-2055 B.C.E. 8
Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period (Dynasties 11-17): c. 2055-1550 B.C.E. 12
New Kingdom (Dynasties 18-20) and Third Intermediate Period (Dynasties 21-24): c. 1550-747 B.C.E. 19
Late Period and Ptolemaic Period (Dynasties 25-30 and the Ptolemies): 747-30 B.C.E. 31
Roman Period: 30 B.C.E.-395 C.E. 40
Post-Pharaonic Egypt 45
2 Mythical Time Lines 57
Linear Time 57
Cyclical Time 89
3 Deities, Themes, and Concepts 99
Aker 99
Akhet 99
Ammut 100
Amun (Amon, Ammon, Amen) 100
Anat (Anath, Anta) 102
Andjety (Anedjeti) 102
Anti (Anty) 103
Anubis (Anpu, Inpw) 104
Anuket (Anukis) 105
Apis 105
Apophis (Apep) 106
Arsaphes 108
Ash 108
Astarte (Ashtarte) 108
Aten (Aton) 109
Atum (Atem) 111
Baal 112
Babi (Baba) 112
Baboons 113
Banebdjedet (Banebdjed) 114
Bastet (Bast, Boubastis, Pasht) 115
Bat 117
Bata 117
Benu Bird (Phoenix) 117
Bes and Beset 118
Birds 120
Boats 121
Cattle 123
Crocodiles 126
Djed Pillar 127
Ennead of Heliopolis 128
Eye of Ra 128
Eyes of Horus 131
Feline Deities 132
Geb 135
Hand of Atum 136
Hapy (Hapi) 136
Hathor (Hwt-hr) 137
Hatmehyt 139
Heh Gods 139
Heka (Hika) 139
Heqet (Heqat, Hekat) 139
Heryshef (Arsaphes, Harsaphes) 141
Hippopotamus Goddesses 141
Horemakhet (Harmachis) 143
Horus (Hor) 143
Horus the Child (Harpokrates, Harpocrates) 146
Hu 147
Ihy 148
Imhotep (Imouthes) 148
Ipet (Opet) 149
Isis 149
Iusaas 152
Khentamentiu (Khentamenti) 152
Khenty-Khety 152
Khepri (Khepry, Khopri) 152
Khnum (Chnum) 153
Khonsu (Khons, Chons) 155
Kings and Princes 156
Lotus 158
Maat (Ma'et) 159
Mafdet 161
Magicians 161
Mahes (Mihos) 163
Mehet-Weret (Mehurit, Methyer) 163
Mehit (Mehyt, Mekhit) 164
Meretseger 164
Meskhenet 164
Min 164
Montu (Mont, Month) 165
Moon 166
Mut (Mout) 168
Nefertem (Nefertum) 169
Nehebkau 169
Neith (Neit) 169
Nekhbet 170
Nemty 171
Neper (Nepri) 171
Nephthys 171
Nun (Noun, Nu) 172
Nut (Nout) 173
Ogdoad of Hermopolis 175
Onuris (Anhur, Inhur, Inhert) 177
Osiris 178
Pakhet 180
Primeval Mound 180
Primeval Ocean 181
Ptah 181
Ra (Re, Pre) 182
Raet-Tawy (Raiyet) 185
Ra-Horakhty 185
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 Hathors 194
Shai (Shay) 194
Shed 195
Shentayet 195
Shezmu 195
Shu (Schu, Chou) and Tefnut (Tefenet) 195
Sia and Hu (Hw) 198
Snakes 198
Sobek (Suchos) 200
Sokar (Soker, Sokaris) 202
Sons of Horus 204
Sopdet (Sothis) 205
Sopdu (Sopedu, Soped) 205
Sothis 206
Souls of Pe and Nekhen 206
Sphinx 206
Stars and Planets 207
Tatjenen (Tatenen) 209
Taweret (Tweret, Taurt, Thoeris) 209
Tayet 209
Tefnut 209
Thoth 209
Two Ladies 211
Wadjyt (Wadjet, Ouadjet, Uto) 213
Wepwawet (Upwaut) 213
Weret-Hekau 214
Wosret 214
4 Egyptian Myth: Annotated Print and Nonprint Resources 215
Print Resources 215
Nonprint Resources 224
Glossary 227
App.: Primary Sources 233
Index 239
About the Author 257
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