Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Egyptian Book of the Dead

The Egyptian Book of the Dead. This and the last post are books which give insight into how to deal with the certain fact of death. It's a great unknown of course and one that is final, but is it?
The Book of the Dead is a unique collection of funerary texts from a wide variety of sources, dating from the fifteenth to the fourth century BC. Consisting of spells, prayers and incantations, each section contains the words of power to overcome obstacles in the afterlife. The papyruses were often left in sarcophagi for the dead to use as passports on their journey from burial, and were full of advice about the ferrymen, gods and kings they would meet on the way. Offering valuable insights into ancient Egypt, The Book of the Dead has also inspired fascination with the occult and the afterlife in recent years. Click to buy. The Egyptian Book of the Dead (Penguin Classics)

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