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Knowledge for the Afterlife: The Egyptian Amduat - A Quest for Immortality Hardcover – 1 Nov 2003


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Why the Amduat is significant - every evening the sun becomes old and weak and finally sets behind the Western horizon. Yet, it rises again in the morning, rejuvenated. How is that possible? How could the sun for the Ancient Egyptians the Sun God become young and revitalised during the night, during his night journey? What happens during this time? The Amduat is a description of the journey of the Sun God through the night world, that is also the world of the deceased. The knowledge contained in the Amduat is meant for the dead Pharaoh. But the text also recommends this knowledge for living beings. Thus, the journey of the Sun God can also be seen as a symbolic representation of an inner psychic process of transformation and renewal.


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HASH(0x9d374bdc) out of 5 stars Ancient Egyptian Amduat, what is in the underworld 24 April 2009
By Edward H. Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Knowledge for the Afterlife by Abt and Hornung is a delightful and solid little book about an important illustrated New Kingdom text found in tombs of several Pharaohs. The book is set in two colors of text, black and blue. The black text is by Hornung and describes the significance of the Amduat for the Egyptians--the title is often rendered as: "That which is in the Netherworld." The blue text is by Abt and gives an interpretation for our lives, based of Jung. Hornung's exposition is extensive, and in particular follows the version on the walls of the burial chamber of the tomb of Tuthmosis III. The center piece of the book consists of twelve schematic drawings representing the somewhat more detailed actual drawings on the walls, and an outline and explanation of the hieroglyphic text on the walls. Each schematic is complete for one of the twelve hours of the night. They present the underworld journey of the sun from sunset to sunrise. In this journey, the "old" sun, helped by many lesser gods and goddesses must fend off many attacks on his progress, and sometimes his very existence, while also undergoing regeneration preparatory to a dawn birth as a new and vigorous sun. The exposition explains the terrain covered, the events of the journey, identifies the gods and the various enemies of the Sun that appear and explains their actions. The dead Pharaoh participates in this journey of the Sun god. The book has many color illustrations, some are photos of the actual walls of the tombs, others are of artifacts that help illustrate the concepts behind the Amduat. The book was occasioned by an exposition that traveled to museums in Europe and the United States, entitled "The Quest for Immortality--Treasures of Ancient Egypt" which featured a full sized replica of the burial chamber of Tuthmosis III. The catalog for this exposition carries its name and Hornung is both its editor and a contributor. It is a large, splendid book with many color photographs of interesting artifacts from the collections in Egypt, as well as commentary which surpasses in quality that in most such catalogs. It discusses the Amduat but does not attempt the complete exposition given in Knowledge for the Afterlife.

I recommend Knowledge for the Afterlife for the layman as well as for serious students of ancient Egypt. It is more available than the more complete exposition by Hornung entitled (in its recent English translation), The Egyptian Amduat: the Book of the Hidden Chamber, and for most people is a rather adequate substitute.
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By peter d avellone - Published on Amazon.com
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I began reading this book at the same time I was reading Jung, Joseph Campbell, and the Traveller's Guide to the Duat by Kiya Nicoll. All helped to create a broader understanding of what I was looking at, which was decoding ancient Egyptian thought in terms of their afterlife and how it relates to the subconscious of man. A worthwhile addition to the library of anyone seeking to further gains of internal and eternal wisdom.
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HASH(0x9d374f0c) out of 5 stars Am Duat--House of the Stars 3 May 2012
By iahes - Published on Amazon.com
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At last, the book is here and the reading is great. I am sure to purchase the more in depth: The Egyptian Amduat-The Book of the Hidden Chamber. While traveling, the Knowledge for the Afterlife is with me and the other will grace my ancient Egyptian book shelf for years to come. Thanks Amazon.com for keeping both books available!!!
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HASH(0x9d374e04) out of 5 stars Good book 5 Nov. 2013
By nanabanana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is everything I had hoped it would be - A very interesting addition to my book collection, I think
HASH(0x9d37800c) out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 9 Jun. 2016
By Amber Keyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly beautiful. I am a bibliophile, and this book meets and exceeds all of my standards for printing and publication. I consider the physical presentation of the book, from the jacket to the boards, a work of art. The paper quality and the print job are amazing. I think all books on Egypt should be printed in the same manner of this book, original hieroglyphs and translation.
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