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The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Hardcover – May 26, 2003
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The book begins with twelve brief essays (4-6 pages each) on Egyptian religion, covering such topics as creation myths, manifestations of divinity, temple and popular worship, and divine kingship. The essays are thoughtful, informative, and up-to-date with current scholarship. I wish they had been longer, because they deserve to be expanded at greater length than the book allocates to them.
The rest of the book, some 180 pages, is devoted to a "Catalogue of Deities," organized by biological shape (anthropomorphic male and female, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and inanimate objects). This is a great idea, but it could have been taken even further. A visual index of shapes would make lookup much easier, and would only take an additional page or two. A name index is, of course, provided. Why not give a hieroglyphic index as well?Read more ›
I had been looking for a book on Ancient Egyptian religion and deities which was neither outdated in its ideas, nor sterile or boring, nor full of fluff, nor overwhelmed with dense detail, nor assumed detailed prior knowledge of anthropology, archeology or African/Near Eastern history and religion. This book is it. It is beautifully clear and explains how Egyptian views of each deity changed over time. It clearly presents for each deity what syncretism occurred (merging with other gods or the adoption of other gods' attributes) with time. It contains some of the most recent thinking on how the Egyptians might have viewed their own deities. My only minor negative would be that there are no references or footnotes in the text itself for the expert. However, within the body of the text, the author does mention which academics advanced which important concepts and coupled with the extensive and detailed bibliography arranged by subject matter at the end of the book, this minor gripe is assuaged.
The binding and quality of the book, its print, and illustrations are beautiful - it would make a lovely gift for someone.
Easy to read for both the beginner and the non-beginner in this area, but full of crystal clear detail for one who wants a good reference book even for more advanced students of religion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best book ever about egyptian mythology. Both small and big subjects are mentioned in this book. Everything! Read morePublished 5 months ago
Nice group of photos showing egyptian gods and goddesses but hardly any of Tehuti which is who I was looking for... Otherwise a nice collection.Published 6 months ago by Abigail Stone
Great information, yet this book cannot be read like a novel.Published 10 months ago by Dominicana8
Mostly this is a useful book. It is very complete, and offers a nice format for the history and iconography of the gods and goddesses. Read morePublished 12 months ago by David Johnson
This book isn't just a catalogue of gods, though it certainly includes one. (Not really "complete", because on that subject, completeness is practically impossible, but all... Read morePublished 16 months ago by DAJ