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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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DeLillo's fascination with exotic words is evident when he contrives a way of informing readers of White Noise that in its original Tibetan language rendering, The Tibetan Book of the Dead was entitled "Bardo Thodol" (1986, 72).
Presumably The Tibetan Book of the Dead is "the timeless Eastern text" that Scott Martineau carries during his search for the famous but elusive writer, Bill Gray, whom he is tracking in DeLillo's tenth novel, Mao II (1991, 58).
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And perhaps more importantly, why are well-meaning Jews often left with little choice but to read the Tibetan Book of the Dead, or Yiddish love poetry, when confronted with the spiritual crisis of death and dying?
The Tibetan Book of the Dead may well be sufficient for Tibetan monks.
The young man, Hanes, reports living "in a lamasery in Tibet, being guided through the mysteries of the highest level of death," mysteries at the heart of The Tibetan Book of the Dead (DeLillo 210).
According to legend, the Guru Rimpoche or "Precious Teacher," Padmasambhava, rose from a lotus only eight years after the death in 483 BC of the Great Buddha, and being "immune to illness, old age, and death," survived into the eighth century, when he wrote what became The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Evans-Wentz 1968, 25, 27, 157, 179, 192).
The Tibetan Book of the Dead portrays earthly existence as beginningless rounds of deaths and rebirths called Samsara, in which an individual's mind or mental energy passes from one sentient being to another.
The connection of The Fan Man to Padmasambhava goes beyond the latter's legendary authorship of The Tibetan Book of the Dead.
The 14th-century Tibetan Book of the Dead doesn't exactly say anything about the zoo.
It may not have the mass appeal of the Beatles' Tomorrow Never Knows (inspired by a Timothy Leary interpretation of the Bardo Thodol), but Blue Sky Transmission does succeed where the Open Theater's Jean-Claude van Itallie was said to have failed with his 1983 adaptation, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, or, How Not to Do It Again.

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