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The Book of the Dead

Sir E. A. Wallis Budge

Book Overview: 

The Egyptian Book of the Dead, or the Book of Coming Forth by Day, is an Ancient Egyptian funerary text consisting of spells to protect the soul on its journey to Duat, or Afterlife.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .At first the texts were written in hieroglyphs, the greater number of them being in black ink, and an attempt was made to illustrate each text by a vignette drawn in black outline. The finest known example of such a codex is the Papyrus of Nebseni (Brit. Mus. No. 9900), which is 77 feet 7½ inches in length and I foot I½ inches in breadth. Early in the XVIIIth dynasty scribes began to write the titles of the Chapters, the rubrics, and the catchwords in red ink and the text in black, and it became customary to decorate the vignettes with colours, and to increase their size and number. The oldest codex of this class is the Papyrus of Nu (Brit. Mus. No. 10477) which is 65 feet 3½ inches in length, and 1 foot 1½ inches in breadth. This and many other rolls were written by their owners for their own tombs, and in each roll both text and vignettes were usually, the work of the same hand. Later, however, the scribe wrote the text only, and a skilled artist was employed to a. . . Read More

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I can't really rate this book, because I didn't really understand it. But it's really funny if you take it literally, you know, like, "Boat bird staff staff, eye dog bird staff man reed boat!" And also it's an interesting window into the rituals of an ancient blah, blah . . .

Hello! Ok first off your not going to understand all of this book.. The less schooled persons of ancient Egyptian culture will probably not even know 50% of this novel.
I have been learning hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian., so this book was amazing to me, one fact above all others is that you are

This is a beautiful book - a large-format facsimile reproduction of the Papyrus of Ani in large color images with translation of the hieroglyphs beneath. The pictures comprising the bulk of the book are not of the Papyrus itself, held in the British National Museum; rather it is a reproduction of a

What fascinates me about ancient Egypt is how utterly mysterious it is. A civilisation that lasted 4000 years and only about 1000 pages of literature. There are so many gaps to fill. This volume by the esteemed budge is a great addition to my Near Eastern library and is a classic of scholarship. The

I think this book may be the most important I've ever read up to this point, Not necessarily because it's had a great amount of impact on me, But because of it's existence, The book theoretically, Shouldn't be with us today, This was a book not mean't for our eyes originally, It was mean't for the m

This work is a historical document of enormous importance for the understanding of the theology and beliefs of pharaonic Egypt which is why I am giving it five stars. It has no literary, philosophical or theological values per se. A Book of Dead is a collection of spells inserted in the tomb of a de

How can you not give this 5 stars when it lays out for you the exact procedure one needs to follow to ensure one's entrance into the afterlife

Because this isn’t so much of a book you read from start to end like any other, it took me almost two years to finish this. Having purchased this because of my childhood fascination with Ancient Egyptian culture, this was completely worth the read. The introduction was incredible helpful and, as far

الحقيقة اني فخورة اني انجزت اخيرا قراءة اول كتاب في العالم و في التاريخ
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على حسب ما وصلنا .. إلى الآن
حاجة على الماشي كده
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واضح ان البيروقراطية دي إرث أصيل في مجتمعنا المصري :)) المتوفي عندهم كان بيتحول في 100 حالة و بيؤدي 100 طقس ، و بيمر على 100 محكمة و 100 إله ( المئات دي كلها مجازا ط

I'm sure at some point in your life, you have wondered about the afterlife. What will happen to you after you die? Have you been good enough? Will your religious faith pay off with rewards of the afterlife? Will your heart weigh the same as the feather of Maat or will your soul be eaten by Ammat? Al

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