Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt

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Penguin Adult, Oct 3, 2002 - History - 487 pages
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With its mysterious animal gods, mummies, pyramids, ornate tombs and arcane rites, the world of the ancient Egyptians continues to fascinate us. 'Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt' is the first book to provide a complete historical overview of the beliefs of this extraordinary civilization, from its earliest settlements dating back to 5000 BC, to the Roman province of the 4th century AD. As Rosalie David's engrossing study shows, every aspect of ancient Egyptian society, from education and law to medicine, birth and death, was permeated by religion and magic, and dominated by the divine life forces of the sun and the Nile. We discover the complex and intriguing world of gods and goddesses, from Anubis the jackal-headed God of death to Tauert the hippopotamus-goddess of childbirth; the cult of sacred animals; the world of oracles and seers; temples, death rituals and the afterlife. Concluding with a glossary of pharaohs, queens and deities, and new translations of Egyptian spells, this is an essential work for all students of history and Egyptology, and an informative, entertaining read for anyone with an interest in the ancient world.

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ROSALIE DAVID is Keeper of Egyptology and Reader in Egyptology at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester. She is the Director of the Manchester Egyptian Mummy Research Project there, and has been Consultant and Presenter on TV and radio programmes in Britain, USA, Canada and Australia.

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