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The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead by E.A. Wallis Budge
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Sep 22, 11

bookshelves: great-books
Read in January, 2009, read count: 1

The Book of the Dead consists of magical texts and illustrations that would help the dead pass through the underworld and get to the Field of Reeds (heaven). It was buried with the dead. Wealthy individuals had customized texts with their own names included, while the poor had generic texts. Not all spells were included in all books, and there was not a standard order or sequence.

To write this book, Faulkner translated the various texts at the British Museum, drawing on years of Egyptology. To be honest, the book itself is a little dull. The spells are repetitive, and the hymns to Ra and Osiris are pretty boring. I mostly skimmed.

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