From Fetish to God in Ancient Egypt

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2003 - History - 556 pages
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This work is divided into two parts in which Budge tried to deal with the main facts of the religious beliefs of the Egyptians from the time when the Egyptian savage filled earth, air, sea and sky with hostile evil spirits and lived in terror of the Evil Eye, and relied upon every branch of magic for help and deliverance from them, to the moment when the Egyptian nation hailed as their One God, or God One, Amen-Ra of Thebes, lord of the thrones of the world. Part I contains principal facts about the religious beliefs and thoughts of the Egyptians, and their conception of God and the gods, their enneads and triads, the religious and systems of the great cities. Magic, the cult of animals, the cult of Osiris and the Tuat, or Other World, are treated at some length. Part II is devoted to a series of revised English translations of a considerable number of fine hymns; myths, both ritual and aetiological; legends of the gods, and a few miscellaneous texts. Illustrated.

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E.A. Wallis Budge, 1857 - 1934 Budge was the Curator of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum from 1894 to 1924. He was also a Sometime Scholar of Christ's College, a scholar at the University of Cambridge, Tyrwhitt, and a Hebrew Scholar. He collected a large number of Coptic, Greek, Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopian, and Egyptian Papyri manuscripts. He was involved in numerous archaeology digs in Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Sudan. Budge is known for translating the Egyptian Book of the Dead, which is also known as The Papyrus of Ani. He also analyzed many of the practices of Egyptian religion, language and ritual. His written works consisted of translated texts and hieroglyphs and a complete dictionary of hieroglyphs. Budge's published works covered areas of Egyptian culture ranging from Egyptian religion, Egyptian mythology and magical practices. He was knighted in 1920. E.A. Wallis Budge died on November 23, 1934 in London, England.

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