Customer Review

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated new translation of "The Egyptian Book of the Dead", 13 Dec 2008
This review is from: Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day (Paperback)
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 29 Nov 2012 03:27:34 GMT
Great review
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.6 out of 5 stars (8 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (6)
4 star:
 (1)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
19.99
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Mars, the hotspot of the U.S.

Top Reviewer Ranking: 86,731