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Awakening Osiris: Egyptian Book of the Dead [Paperback]

E. Normandi
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1 Sep 1994
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 today. These writings suggest that the divine realm and the human realm are not altogether separate; they remind us that the natural world, and the substance of our lives, is fashioned from the stuff of the gods. Devoted like an Egyptian scribe to the principle of "effective utterance", Normandi Ellis has produced a prose translation that reads like pure, diaphanous verse.

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Phanes Press,U.S. (1 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933999747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933999749
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An essential companion to more academic versions 1 July 2002
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'Awakening Osiris' mightn't be a literal translation, and for some it might veer too close to New Age territory. But many readers will find it an enlightening counterpoint to some of the drier academic versions. Much of Ellis's writing is genuinely inspiring and moving, which surely the Egyptian texts were meant to be. For all we know she might be closer to the spirit of the originals than anyone.
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Awakening Osiris is one of the best books I have ever encountered. This is the only time I have seen an established spritual text interpreted with such feeling. Spirit resides in these words. All spiritualities will find a common thread here. Seek the book, The End Times too.
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While not a literal translation of the BoD, Ellis manages to get across the beauty and emotion of the texts. I would use it as a supplement to the Faulkner translation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Egyptian spirituality 17 Sep 2010
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As the other reviewers have mentioned, this is not a hieroglyph by hieroglyph translation, although it is interesting to compare Ellis with the often awkward and spiritually dry academic versions of the so-called Book of the Dead.

This is prose poetry, a personal and beautiful interpretation, written by someone who is clearly in tune with the spirit of ancient Egypt. You can read and enjoy it on several levels -- purely as poetry, or as a prompt for meditation and ritual. It is as relevant as any spiritual text, from any culture and age, and will inspire you, teach you, and be a companion for life.
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