The Book of The Dead

The Book of The Dead

by E. A. Wallis Budge

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The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text, used from the beginning of the New Kingdom (around 1550 BCE) to around 50 BCE.[1] The original Egyptian name for the text, transliterated rw nw prt m hrw,[2] is translated as Book of Coming Forth by Day[3] or Book of Emerging Forth into the Light. "Book" is the closest term to describe the loose collection of texts[4] consisting of a number of magic spells intended to assist a dead person's journey through the Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife and written by many priests over a period of about 1000 years.

The Book of the Dead was part of a tradition of funerary texts which includes the earlier Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts, which were painted onto objects, not papyrus. Some of the spells included were drawn from these older works and date to the 3rd millennium BCE. Other spells were composed later in Egyptian history, dating to the Third Intermediate Period (11th to 7th centuries BCE). A number of the spells which made up the Book continued to be inscribed on tomb walls and sarcophagi, as had always been the spells from which they originated. The Book of the Dead was placed in the coffin or burial chamber of the deceased.

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ISBN-13: 9780368562075
Publisher: Blurb, Inc.
Publication date: 04/07/2019
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.07(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Mobile Reference Book of the Dead is not the actual translation, but rather an introduction to the Book of the Dead.  The overview indicates otherwise.  Buyer beware, if you want the actual translation, you will be disappointed by this Nook book.
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