Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead ebook by E. A. Wallis.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead, or Egyptian Book of Spells as it’s also known, was a series of funeral texts consisting of a number of magic spells written on a scroll during the New Kingdom. The pharaoh, the royal family, and the nobility used this ancient book to assist a dead person's journey through the Duat, or underworld.
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The scene to which Lepsius inadvertently gave the number XVI. and which he regarded as a Chapter of the Book of the Dead is, strictly speaking, only a vignette intended to accompany the hymn to the rising Sun that forms part of the introductory matter to the Chapters of the Book of the Dead which we find in some of the oldest papyri of the Theban period.
Detail from a Book of the Dead scroll, Ancient Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, 332-30 BC. Weighing the heart of the deceased in a balance. The Ibis-headed god Thoth, secretary to the gods, presents the. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images.
The Book of the Dead is the common name for the ancient Egyptian funerary text known as Spells of Coming Forth By Day. The book of the dead was a description of the ancient Egyptian conception of the afterlife and a collection of hymns, spells, and instructions to allow the deceased to pass through obstacles in the afterlife.
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