Book of the Dead


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Book of the Dead,

term used to describe Egyptian funerary literature. The texts consist of charms, spells, and formulas for use by the deceased in the afterworld and contain many of the basic ideas of Egyptian religionEgyptian religion,
the religious beliefs of the ancient inhabitants of Egypt. Information concerning ancient Egyptian religion is abundant but unsatisfactory. Only certain parts of Egyptian religious life and thought are known; whole periods remain in the dark.
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. At first inscribed on the stone sarcophagi, the texts were later written on papyrus and placed inside the mummy case. The earliest collection, known as the Heliopolitan Recension, dates from the XVIII dynasty (1580–1350 B.C.). It also contains selections from the two previous collections of Egyptian religious literature—the Coffin Texts of the Middle Kingdom (c.2000 B.C.) and the Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom (c.2600–2300 B.C.). The Theban Recension, a text that may be contemporary or slightly later, has a distinctive format. There are several noteworthy papyruses, valuable for their art. Among them are the Papyrus of Ani and The Book of the Dead of Hunefer. The two most celebrated English translations were made by Sir Peter le Page Renouf (1892–97) and Sir E. Wallis Budge (1895, repr. 1967).

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term used to describe Egyptian funerary literature. The texts consist of charms, spells, and formulas for use by the deceased in the afterworld and contain many of the basic ideas of Egyptian religion.
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Book of the Dead

instructions for the Art of Dying. [Ancient Egypt. Rel.: Parrinder, 49]
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The weighing of the heart against a feather in The Book of the Dead is the climactic moment in the passage of a human soul from life to the world beyond.
Alessandro Roccati calls attention to three Isis Spells from the Book of the Dead on a fragmentary mummy bandage.
The Complete Book of the Dead of Hunefer reproduces the complete papyrus scroll, containing the collection of magic spells chosen to help Hunefer successfully overcome the hazards of journeying to the Afterlife, along with a short introductory text.
In sum, Borges's fiction "E1Aleph" in the volume of that title, plays heavily with a leitmotif of his work that is strongest in the fictions: resisting death and oblivion by immersing oneself deeply in the fiction that is literature, beginning explicitly with the scribes who over millennia wrote the Egyptian Book of the Dead. At the same time, the sheer scope and detail of the erudition, despite the underlying humour, lend it a certain Old World exhaustion.
The Book of the Dead is the 19th--century name for a compilation of magical spells that the Egyptians used to ensure that when they died they had sufficient knowledge and power to guide them through the afterlife or Duat, a journey that had to be made to reach eternal life--paradise.
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Comparing the Ten Commandments from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the 42 "commandments" in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, we see that many of the rules are similar, describing norms required for any workable community ("You shall not murder"--Exodus 20; "I have not killed men"--Book of the Dead).
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