- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Watkins Publishing; First Edition edition (15 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842930664
- ISBN-13: 978-1842930663
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Egyptian Book of Life: A True Translation of the Papyrus of Enhai and the Papyrus of Hunefer: "The Egyptian Book of the Dead" - A True Translation ... Papyrus of Enhai and the Papyrus of Hunefer Paperback – 15 Oct 2004
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After an introduction to the various texts, the autor goes on to describe the Ancient Egyptian religion in some depth, moving on to explore the concepts of Death and Resurrection and the `Dwat' or realm "in, around and about the earth' or the netherworld.
There is also a fascinating introduction to Egyptian Medu-Netru or hieroglyphs which includes the significance of colours and the links between the symbols and mythology of Ancient Egypt.
Each papyrus has a commentary as well as black and white/colour illustrations and the translation itself, the original text in hieroglyphic form in included followed by a vocabulary list.
The author has even created a computer program for an Egyptian word processor and that must truly have been a labour of love!
In the first few chapters before moving on to the translations, the author's enthusiasm for the subject and commitment to the truth absolutely shine through - engaging the reader and drawing them into the world view of the Ancient Egyptians, I find myself looking forward to his future translations which are to include all 189 Chapters of the Book of Life (Book of the Dead)!
An absolute must for all Egyptology students and enthusiasts, it also provides an excellent and thorough guide for those just beginning to explore the subject.
Here, at last, is an intelligible translation of the most ancient and sacred texts in the world, which provides the reader with what is required. Unlike most versions, this book actually conveys the intricacy and magnificence of a people who were dedicated to the divinity of life. It describes the journey of the soul from the realm of earth to the netherworld, and finally to the spiritual world, heaven, either to be born again or to become one with the perfected souls who are not subject to reincarnation.
Ultimately, as this book declares, there are no limits to what we may achieve. As Dr Seleem writes: 'This tradition is not dead and irrelevant but vital and intensely alive to this day, serving to awaken knowledge of the natural harmony that has always existed between man and nature, while at the same time providing nourishment for the spiritual, mental and physical well-being of humanity.'
It's worth getting the book alone just for Dr Seleem's full account of the Egyptian mythology and religion, death and resurrection and the Dwat (purgatory). There's even a rare description of the ancient system of prayer-exercises which serve the physical, mental and spiritual bodies.Read more ›
This is one of those sad but numerous cases where Egyptian writings have inspired authors imagination beyond reason, science and common sense.
The author is titled as a doctor, but there is no hint of any serious academic institution he might have entered. Ever.
If You seek a good load of esoteric nonsense or a couple of skeptical grins and laughs, be my guest and go for it. Otherwise, forget this book.
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But Seleem's main purpose is to convince the reader that the founders of Egypt came from Atlantis, to which he gives an alleged Egyptian name which is never mentioned in the Book of the Dead or anywhere else that Egyptologists know of. He also expounds an occult religious view of an organization he claims dates back to the beginning of history and beyond, and of which he claims to be a member. He encourages the reader to "see" his other books on religion for a fuller explanation.
As you might expect, Egyptologists have universally panned this alleged "true" translation, ranging from his confusion between the Pyramid Texts and the Book of the Dead, to his remarkable and undocumented claim that Atlantis was destroyed in 50,509 BC and that the pyramids were built 45,000 years ago and his contention that modern science is "evil" and that the number -place "0" is an evil concept. Naturally, Seleem claims that other Egyptolists are evil as well.
So if you have been led to believe that this is a "new and true translation" of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, join many others who have been duped as well. This is a book about New Age occultism wrapped around an actual translation that is neither new nor any truer than any other. For that, look at the translation by R.O. Faulkner or any other Egyptologist who isn't pushing the legend of Atlantis and his other books on occult religions.
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