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Book of the Dead

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The Egyptian Book of the Dead is a collection of spells which enable the soul of the deceased to navigate the afterlife. In order to reach paradise, one needed to know where to go, how to address certain gods, what to say at certain times, and how to comport one's self in the land of the dead; which is why one would find an afterlife manual extremely useful.
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An excellent, detailed overview of the The Egyptian Book of the Dead is provided by Joshua J. Mark at the Ancient History Encyclopedia website: http://www.ancient.eu/Egyptian_Book_of_the_Dead/

Follow the ancient Egyptians’ journey from death to the afterlife in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition focusing on the Book of the Dead from the British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibit...

For millennia, the culture and philosophy of the ancient Egyptians have fascinated artists, historians, and spiritual seekers throughout the world. Now, with this deluxe edition, the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani—the most beautiful of the ornately illustrated Egyptian funerary scrolls ever discovered—has been restored in its original sequences of text and artwork, using the latest advances in computer-imaging technology. Four exquisitely illustrated gatefold spreads and an acclaimed translation by two noted Egyptologists showcase the Papyrus's elaborately bordered images and convey its intended sense of motion and meaning in a way that other books on the subject cannot begin to match. For both lay readers and scholars interested in a wide range of topics—from mysticism and philosophy to anthropology and astronomy—this sumptuous and accessible new volume will be an essential acquisition. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day presents the complete papyrus, photographed from an 1890 facsimile edition, with an English translation by the late Raymond O. Faulkner.

The Book of the Dead is the common name for the ancient Egyptian funerary texts known as The Book of Coming [or Going] Forth By Day. The name "Book of the Dead" was the invention of the German Egyptologist Karl Richard Lepsius, who published a selection of some texts in 1842. The Egyptian "Book of the Dead" contains the major ideas and beliefs in the ancient Egyptian religion. See the following History Channel video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCO53xH5adg
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How is the ancient Egyptians' perceptions of the afterlife different from other peoples' (ancient & modern) perceptions of life after death?
03/28/2016 • 
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