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Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead

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THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD is one of the oldest and greatest classics of Western spirituality. Until now, the available translations have treated these writings as historical curiosities with little relevance to our contemporary situation. This new version, made from the hieroglyphs, approaches the Book of the Dead as a profound spiritual text capable of speaking to us ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Phanes Press (first published November 1st 1988)
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Varian Rose
*sits in stunned silence*

I have no words.

I think I'll let my favorite passage speak for itself:

"Let me stand in light, bathe in light, clothe myself in light. Let me sit in the lap of Gods and hear words of comfort....Let my spirit be stronger today than it was yesterday, my heart more peaceful, my mind more fertile, my hands more gentle. Let Gods touch my face. Let me go forth shining. Let my feet know the way. Let me walk and pass through fire...Let me pass undeterred into Heaven."
C.H. Scarlett
Jun 30, 2010 C.H. Scarlett rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It's hard to explain why...maybe its the simplicity of words reflecting how beautiful life can be no matter how simple? Its seeing divinity in one's self, and then having it mirrored upon all things in one's life? Again, its hard to explain but I discovered it years ago in a Library and then had to rush out and buy my own copy, which is highlighted, quoted, and noted on almost every page.
Steve Cran
Aug 13, 2012 Steve Cran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This could easily become one of my favorite books. The book is poetic and moving drawing the reader into the world of ancient Egyptian mystery. Awakening Osiris is not just another translation of the "Egyptian Book of the Dead" it goes well beyond that. New evidence has been brought to light regarding these works and this has been duly incorporated. Besides taking things beyond just another translation with new information this book is a poetic reinterpretation. Poetic reinterpretations always m ...more
Greg
Mar 08, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it
Like a lot of kids (right?!) I grew up with a crazy fascination with Egypt and it's mythology, even got to visit the place once. Grabbed a copy of this on a whim simply for personal curiosity, and it was a fun read. Poetry, stories from the very dawn of man to the very depths of the underworld, and interesting similarities between this and many other cultures that followed. One I'll probably revisit at some point, great to just pick up and put down for a while until it beckons me forth again!
Damién Roberts
Dec 01, 2013 Damién Roberts rated it it was amazing
Want to know where many books of the bible were copied from or where many practices originated for example saying "Amen"....? ......Read This Book
Kathy
Mar 11, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Beautiful, prose, and poetry
Sarah
Jan 26, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This is essentially a translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Each "book of the dead" version is different since this are like the eulogy speeches at funerals, unique in each situation, but with common elements, stories and themes. Each "book of the dead" contains a number of recitations meant to be both speeches and spells. This one concentrates on the story Osiris' death and resurrection. Then it goes on to talk about how, like Osiris, we are all god-like in our spiritual oneness with ev ...more
Joshua Silverman
Aug 04, 2015 Joshua Silverman rated it it was amazing
Far be it for me to say, but this is the most amazing translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead (Book of Going Forth by Day) that I have ever read. Ellis, though he professes his lack of academic status, is a remarkable writer. Basically what he does is he modernizes the language.

Although I love E.A. Wallis Budge, being one of the foremost Egyptologists in history, he is a strict academic with a strict translation, whereas Ellis brings the ancient text to life. Ellis takes the stilted, woode
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Isaac
Dec 01, 2013 Isaac rated it it was amazing
The Egyptian Book of the Dead isn't about being, it's about becoming. And it's incredibly hard to quote. It's hard to quote because every page is pure mythic poetry.
Joan
Feb 25, 2015 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, occult
Gorgeous poetic translation of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Normandi Ellis brings this ancient text to vivid, succulent and sensual life.
Michelle
Jan 25, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Stunning. The author said "I hesitate even to call this a translation. It is a meditation". And indeed it was a long and centering meditation.
Lou Pare-Lobinske
Incredibly lyrical and beautiful. I'm sad to finish it; I want it to go on.
Sue Vincent
Oct 06, 2013 Sue Vincent rated it it was amazing
Utterly beautiful!
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Rev. Normandi Ellis is an archpriestess of Isis through the Fellowship of Isis, is a Spiritualist minister, clairvoyant, astrologer and author of 13 books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and essay. She facilitates trips through the sites of ancient Egypt. You may contact her through her website www.normandiellis.com. Please keep checking back for further information on workshops, lectures, and publ ...more
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