Lewis Spence's Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends PDF

By Lewis Spence

ISBN-10: 0486265250

ISBN-13: 9780486265254

This wonderful in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, construction myths, Egyptian priesthood, cult of Osiris, various deities, e-book of the useless, alchemy, Egyptian paintings and magic, legends, and a bunch of different attention-grabbing themes. An erudite, in actual fact written paintings, more desirable with over 50 photos and illustrations.

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We do not find the process of mummification reaching any degree of elaboration until the period of the New Kingdom. At first it was confined to the Pharaohs alone, who were identified with Osiris; but the necessity for a retinue which would attend him in the dark halls of the Tuat prescribed that his courtiers also should be embalmed. The custom was taken up by the wealthy, and filtered down from rank to rank until at length even the corpse of the poorest Egyptian was at least subjected to a process of pickling in a bath of natron.

We do not find the process of mummification reaching any degree of elaboration until the period of the New Kingdom. At first it was confined to the Pharaohs alone, who were identified with Osiris; but the necessity for a retinue which would attend him in the dark halls of the Tuat prescribed that his courtiers also should be embalmed. The custom was taken up by the wealthy, and filtered down from rank to rank until at length even the corpse of the poorest Egyptian was at least subjected to a process of pickling in a bath of natron.

The garden is symmetrically divided by low stone walls. In the centre is a large trellis supported on four rows of small columns; to right and left are four pools stocked with ducks and geese, two leafy conservatories, two summer-houses, and avenues of sycamores, date-palms, and dom-palms. " On one of the tombs of Tell el Amarna is to be found a representation of the palace of AI, who later ascended the throne of Egypt. This is of large size, rectangular in shape, the facade wider than the sides.

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