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on 13 December 2008
This book, more accurately called "The Book of Going Forth By Day" was the ancient Egyptian bible and everyone who could afford one was buried with one. This is a new version, and has English translations on each page with color images.

It is a guidebook for the deceased person to follow to find his way to the afterlife to live on forever. A sort of "how to" manual. Many persons would have memorized the formulae, just in case, because the risk of getting it wrong was horrendous.

The Egyptians were not obsessed with DEATH as European/American sterotypes imply, but with obtaining the perfect afterlife. In the afterlife they lived forever in a place of plenty and beauty. The ancient Egyptians studied this book, tried to memorize it, and took it with them into their sarcophagus if they could afford to, in order to have access to it when they awoke and needed to start their journey to the West (afterlife). It held all they needed to knowto bypass pitfalls and to get there safely.

This version, I understand, is the best new one and has the most accurate translation. The "Book of the Dead" most commonly seen is the one translated by Wallis Budge in the 19th Century. This new book is a newer translation, and the pictures line up with the words, as the papyrus roll used to translate from was more complete than the one Budge used, as I understand from the book's forward.

Fascinating just to go through, and the art is wonderful.
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on 24 October 2010
Until a couple of years ago I thought of Egypt in only vague ideas of pyramids, Nile and sarcophagus. Slighty boring and irrelevant. How wrong I was. This book lets you be Indiana Jones and discover the lost secrets of 1500 BCE. It is amazing to read "The declaration of Innocence before the Gods of the Tribunal" ( also called The negative confession) and see that they had mostly good moral values of being caring towards others, being fair, helping the poor. However they also had a rather weird and terribly superstitious view of the world because they didn't have a clue about scientific knowledge we now enjoy. There is a good explanation of what the Egyptians thought e.g: p150 they thought their shadow was their soul, p151 the magical significance of names and how they can be used to gain power over another being; "I know you, I know your name", p152 the spirit of god being in the form of a bird e.g sparrow-hawk,p141 the god Ptah Tatenen brought forth the universe through the spoken word.p147 Only the top priests could read and write, those who could copy but not read would put a page in water to dissove the ink and then drink to gain the understanding! The Egyptians had vivid ideas about a heaven and hell and judgement by Osiris to decide who went where, is this the origins of these concepts? This book has 37 impressive plates showing each section of papyrus with the translation below each one. It also has the script of The Theban Recension of the book of going forth by day (which aren't in the papyrus of Ani). It has a good commentary at the back explaining aspects of Egyptian religion relevant to the book of the dead and a helpful running commentary on each plate. Having spent many years reading the Bible I was struck by the similarities in language and writing style to these texts. You can read so much on the Web but books like this one make you appreciate the benefits of having a hard copy.
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on 12 February 2010
You won't be disappointed upon opening the first page of this very well illustrated and written text. For the price this must be the biggest bargain I've found on Amazon this year. Both informative and pleasing to the eye. A must for students who want to study ancient Egyptian religions and burial customs.
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on 26 September 2014
Excellent book let down on occasion by poor editing. "the bow-warp of the day bark, and the stern warp of the night bark". Come on pubishers, the word you are looking for is BARQUE. Bark belongs on trees, or on the pages of books to describe the noise dogs might make.

Notwithstanding these painful errors, this is a terrific edition of this book, and a must for anyone with more than a passing interest in matters relating to Ancient Egypt.
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on 26 March 2009
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on 5 December 2014
An excellent book for the dedicated amateur Egyptologist.
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on 2 April 2015
bought as a present, but might buy another for myself
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on 11 September 2014
Seems to be the best format to buy the book in
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on 24 March 2014
I love the format, it's a very big book and wonderful to browse, but I expected the text to be interesting and meaningful. I don't know what it talks about, it's just a lot of names cryptical sentences. I thought I would find treasures, such as in other spiritual material. I haven't read all the text, because I get bored by just browsing, so it may be that I haven't given the book a real chance.
I did love the introduction though.
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on 9 February 2013
A book for going beyond physical life, that every magician requires immortality as of it life to be more than human.
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