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Egyptian Amduat: The Book of the Hidden Chamber [Hardcover]

Erik Hornung , Theodore Abt
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9 Sep 2007 3952260843 978-3952260845 Revised
In the Amduat, the night-journey of the Egyptian Sungod is divided into twelve hours, each of them containing an enormous amount of insight into the human psyche. The entire Amduat could be called the first 'scientific publication' of humankind describing or mapping the dangers, but also the regenerative capabilities of the night-world, providing answers to basic human questions. The synopsis of the different scenes of the Amduat, all in colour, together with its explaining text, is unique. This book is a treasure for all those who want to explore the archetypal structure of the objective psyche, with its helpful but also with its dangerous forces.

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  • Hardcover: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Living Human Heritage Publications Professor Dr. Theodor Abt; Revised edition (9 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3952260843
  • ISBN-13: 978-3952260845
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A high quality book! 28 Oct 2009
One of the leading authority in the study of the ancient Egyptian religion is Erik Hornung, Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Basel. His book Der Eine und die Viele(Darmstadt, 1971, translated by D. Lorton, Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: the One and the Many, Cornell University Press, 1996) had a considerable impact on better understanding of the phenomena of religion in the Pharaonic civilization. Professor Hornung, beside his didactic activities, undertake an enormous task to study and publish especially the New Kingdom Books of the Netherwold. One of the first such a composition appeared in the King Valley tomb of Tuthmosis I, being named by the Egyptians "Writings of the Hidden Place". Due to the French Egyptologist E. Lefébure, the corpus will be named "Amduat"(after the title of a papyrus from the Late Period),i.e. "(The Book of)what is in the Duat". From that time on, the whole collection of such texts are named Amduat, which describe the journey of the sun god Re(and of the Pharaoh also) in the realm of Osiris, during the 12 hours of the night, after which he became the morning Khepri, the rebirth Sun. After the New Kingdom, the inscriptions with the Amduat preserved on tombs wall and papyri will no longer represent a royal prerogative. Through with the text of the Amduat, the deceased person will be provided with useful information, he needed for his rebirth: about the mysteries of World after dead, the topography of the Underworld, his gates, the names and manifestations acquired by the solar deity during his nocturnal wanderings. If the dead king, and later private persons, will be able to get this information, they will have the possibility to live forever. The first draft on the present book was done by the Egyptologist D. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad eh - still in print after 3500 years! 19 Aug 2012
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The Amduat comes to us as a mythical description of the night journey of the sun god Re and his rebirth, though presumably at the time of being written it was considered an article of religious faith. However, even then it was also viewed as a metaphorical treatise that enabled the Pharoah to be resurrected in the afterlife and some have suggested that it may have had wider significance and contained instructions to the living for entering shamanic or transcendental states of mind. In the last twenty years it's also been seized upon by Jungian psychoanalysts, in particular, who recognise that it offers considerable insight into the human psyche and constitutes the perfect symbolic representation of the process of individuation.

This wonderful book offers you the chance to make up your own mind about it's significance. It contains close up photos of the murals taken from the representation of the Amduat found on the walls of the tomb of Tuthmosis III and a clean line drawing graphic of them. It has a complete line by line translation of these into English and each line also contains the glyphs and Hornung's translation into Egyptian for those of you who want to test the veracity of what he says. However, there is no commentary or any explanatory notes and contrary to what is stated in the Book Description above, there is no synopsis.

Hornung has spent a lifetime studying this and if you're so inclined you could too! The text is by turns colourful, intriguing, profound and incomprehensible. Be prepared for some serious head scratching, as you try to tease out the meaning of it all. You may wonder is it worth the effort? Well the text itself says that its efficacy for the living has been proved many many times and knowledge of all this is of crucial importantance.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful book 22 Sep 2011
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I am also confused as to why the book was reviewed in such a negative light.. sloppy and disappointment are certainly not words I would use to describe this publication, not even close. This book has a nice heft to it, it is printed on quality paper, very sturdy dust jacket, the hardcover is a beautiful emerald color with silver metallic font, and the layout inside is quite pleasing, black font and color pictures. I am currently building a library on ancient Egypt, and I was specifically looking for photos of the actual chamber walls of Thutmosis III, and this is the only book so far that I have found containing them. It displays photos of each of the hours, all three registers, and while the pictures are smaller than what you see in the some of the larger Egyptology tomes (the book does measure 9x6), I am able to clearly identify all of the hieroglyphs and images on the walls. I use a magnifying glass for some of the tighter spots in the photos, but I think that kind of adds an extra dimension of fun and mystery to the text. There are also ink diagrams or schemas of each of the hours, and the glyphs are laid out nicely with the transliteration directly underneath, and the English translation below that. I'm not sure why people dislike this presentation, I actually find it to be quite useful. But then again, I'm not all that interested in other people's translations of Egyptian hieroglyphs anyway.. I see them more as guidelines than anything else. So if you are seeking, get this book! It is important, and a solid addition to the personal library. And even if it doesn't grab you when you first lay eyes on the contents, by all means hang onto it for future use. You'll be glad you did :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Proceed with extreme caution 7 May 2010
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This book is ok but it is now a century later and it is presented in a format not all the much updated in presentation sytle than what is in old Dover Books for $3, so lower your epxectations quite a bit......on its best day this book would be a 19.95 softcover book and even that would be very over priced.

So dont get any expectation that the huge and greedy sticker prices implies a book in the $40 dollar price range as indicated, it doesnt even come close to that league of book at all, not even remotely close.

The book is ok for a rehashed and very very very antiquated and stolen presentation style but in no uncertain terms could this book ever qualify as a circa 2009 book in that price range, it isnt even close to that caliber.

So if you are ok with isnt this kind of Budge all over again except 11 times the cost then buy it, but be prepared for a major disappointment not like the authors other attempts which were a little more efficient in price.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A sloppy work. 11 Jun 2010
By Ugo Bessi - Published on Amazon.com
This book contains the text of the Amduat and a few minuscule photographs of the original, which was written on the wall of royal tombs. There is no comment at all and the hieroglyphs are printed in a dot-matrix version of the Theinhardt font; moreover, the transliteration and translation are placed immediately below the glyphs, a la Budge, making the book unusable for translation exercises. One of the authors, Erik Hornung, is famous for collating the text of the Amduat; the other one, Theodor Abt, probably wanted to disqualify the library of anybody misadvised enugh to buy this cheap and sloppy product. A photograph of the Nile on page one, taken by Abt, contributes to the sorry impression.
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