The Gods of the Egyptians, Vol. 1by E. A. Wallis Budge, Ernest A. Budge
Thoth, the ibis-headed god of wisdom, inventor of the art of writing; Osiris, the dead god who arose and set the pattern for death-and-resurrection gods ever since; Isis, the great mother, wandering through the reed swamps; Anubis, conductor of the dead, with jackal head; Bast, the cat goddess; Set, the evil serpent; Ptah, the living mummy … For more than
Thoth, the ibis-headed god of wisdom, inventor of the art of writing; Osiris, the dead god who arose and set the pattern for death-and-resurrection gods ever since; Isis, the great mother, wandering through the reed swamps; Anubis, conductor of the dead, with jackal head; Bast, the cat goddess; Set, the evil serpent; Ptah, the living mummy … For more than 2,500 years, since the days of Herodotus, students have found the gods of Ancient Egypt a source of fascination and wonder. Strange beings who lived in a world of their own (as opposed to the human gods of the European people), irrational powers and menaces, sometimes animal-like, sometimes superhuman, sometimes incalculable in their evil potentialities, they still have the power to move men's thought.
By far the most thorough, most useful coverage of the gods of Ancient Egypt is this book by Dr. Budge of the British Museum, one of the foremost Egyptologists of the century. In it is presented practically everything known about the high gods, the local gods, demigods, demons, and mythological figures of Khem. Dr. Budge provides full information on the origins of the ancient religion; its peculiarly Egyptian aspects; evolution of cults, rites, and gods; the priesthoods; the heretical aberration of Ikhnaten and the Aten cult; the cult of Osiris; the Book of the Dead and its rites; the sacred animals and birds; heaven and hell, and much other secret wisdom that has been discovered hidden in mummy cases or written on tomb walls. The text is profusely illustrated, with many reproductions of tomb and mummy-case paintings, while many full texts are presented, with both hieroglyphs and translation.
Dr. Budge's book is a standard work in the history of religion. It is also a most useful background book for anyone seriously interested in the life and thought of Ancient Egypt, an explicator of many of the obscurer passages in the Book of Dead.
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This book is a very informational book. It is written almost like a text book about the Egyptian gods and the supernatural beliefs of the Egyptians. It does a great job of explaining very Egyptian god and what each gods job/peruse is and the history of that good. It also talks about all the supernatural beliefs, like how the earth stated and were Egyptians go when they die. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the Egyptian gods and the supernatural befalls of the Egyptians because the book is very straight forward and will they'll You the straight facts about the ancient Egyptians supernatural behalf I would not recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a story book. This book does have some story's but most of the book is facts. It is also a very long book (a total of 525 pages) so it is a long read and can at some time be very long and boring in some passages. This would be a great book for a history class to read in school, if they were studying the Egyptians, the students would learn everything about the Egyptian gods and supernatural beliefs. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about the Egyptian gods and supernatural beliefs.
Recently added this book and its companion volume to my collection of books on ancient Egyptian culture. The writing is engaging and easy for the average person to follow without being talked down to, The pictures are also good, though I would have liked to see color pictures in this subject matter as the ancient Egyptiand used color in their art to stun- ning effect. Both of these volumes would make a fine addition to any collection on the subject.