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The Egyptian Book of the Dead [Kindle Edition]

E. Budge
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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The Book of the Dead is the name for the ancient Egyptian funerary text, which was a description of the old Egyptian conception of the afterlife. It is a collection of hymns, spells, and instructions to allow the deceased to overcome obstacles in the afterlife.

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Sheds light upon ancient Egyptian burial customs and beliefs pertaining to life after death.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 162 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: IAP (21 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DKJAPU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great version of the book of the Dead 23 July 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Mr. Budge's book is a wonderfull translation, and transliteration of this famous Ancient Egyptian document. With the heiroglyphics included in the transliteration, one is also able to study heiroglyphic translation as one reads the various chapters. Because the heiroglyphics are placed in the book as uniform graphics, the continuity of the pictures, helps the reader more efficiently follow the transliteration, thereby helping the reader deduce what symbols mean what, and thereby adding another facet to this wonderfull volume. The only drawback to this book, is the lack of photographs of the actual papyri. This problem is significant in some respects, but overall this volume is able to clearly define all of those items that the ancients felt were vital to get one (a deceased one) into the afterlife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy the Kindle edition! 10 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Even at 77p this is overpriced. I have a hard copy of this book and it is an excellent book. Unfortunately the Kindle edition does not support the images, so there are great gaps in the text, which make it almost impossible to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Egypt explored 11 Aug 2011
By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sir E Wallis Budge was a controversial member of the British Museum staff who purchased a book of the dead, "The Papyrus of Ani" in 1881. It was unique, the first book of the dead to be discovered intact, in this case, seventy-eight feet in length; surprisingly, to the astonishment of colleagues, he later cut into thirty-eight equal-sized sections to facilitate his study of the hieroglyphics.
In a distinguished career as an Egyptologist, he wrote many books, developed the world's knowledge of the ancient country and expanded the British Museum's Egyptian collection enormously.
This well-illustrated text, (although few are in colour) contains full reproductions of books of the dead, including the Papyrus of Ani, and complete translations of their content.
It is a very good - but scholarly and without frills - introduction to ancient Egyptian religion, funeral rites and attitudes to death and life after death. Interestingly, the more familiar one becomes with Egyptian religious rituals and ideas, the more familiar they seem; the roots of modern religious beliefs and practices seem to lie just beneath the desert sands.
Recommended, especially at this price.
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