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The Ancient Egyptian "Tale of Two Brothers": The Oldest Fairy Tale in the World (The Oklahoma series in classical culture) Hardcover – 12 Jul 1990


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (12 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806122692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806122694
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,747,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The "Tale of Two Brothers" describes a rite of passage, telling the story of a handsome and chaste young shepherd who rejects seduction by a powerful older woman and, after many adventures, becomes king. The story of Bata is intertwined with that of his brother, Anubis, who, deceived at first, is unceasing in his efforts to restore his brother and eventually becomes king himself. The tale also has traits peculiar to ancient Egypt, notably that the main characters are gods as well as kings. Bata and Anubis are both divine figures connected with Egypt's mortuary cults, and their story is replete with religious symbols of rebirth. Using comparative analysis, Susan Tower Hollis makes a contribution to our understanding of a story that has puzzled folklorists for almost 140 years. At the same time she constructs a model for examining ancient narratives. To provide an ancient cultural context, the author utilizes a variety of works, including literary, mythological and wisdom texts, cultic materials, historical and political works, and Egyptian reliefs, paintings and sculptures.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
fascinating presentation of the oldest Egyptian tale 15 Jun. 2000
By Frankie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The meaning of this tale has been debated for centuries. It follows the rites of passage of a young shepherd boy who rejects the overtures of an older woman and who later becomes king, along with the trials and tribulations thereof. Apart from examining this tale, the author also constructs a theoretical model for the study of other ancient narratives. The author provides an interesting concept of explaining the 'oldest fairy tale in the world'. The background history of the tale is provided, then followed by the author's extensive explanation of the story. It has an excellent bibliography; recommended for those with an interest in Egyptian literature.
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fascinating presentation of the oldest Egyptian tale 15 Jun. 2000
By Francesca Jourdan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The meaning of this tale has been debated for centuries. It follows the rites of passage of a young shepherd boy who rejects the overtures of an older woman and who later becomes king, along with the trials and tribulations thereof. Apart from examining this tale, the author also constructs a theoretical model for the study of other ancient narratives. The author provides an interesting concept of explaining the 'oldest fairy tale in the world'. The background history of the tale is provided, then followed by the author's extensive explanation of the story. It has an excellent bibliography; recommended for those with an interest in Egyptian literature.
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