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Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods Paperback – October 3, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0801482489 ISBN-10: 0801482488

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (October 3, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801482488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801482489
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Egyptian religion was grounded in a thought system so totally foreign to the Western mind that it presents an almost unbridgeable conceptual gap. The Meekses?Dimitri (Universite de Provence) and Christine (Sorbonne)?attempt in this translation of their La vie quotidienne des dieux egyptiens (Hachette, 1993) to enable us to enter this strange world by observing the daily life of the gods and appreciating the inner logic of their activities. This is a difficult task because the authors must work from scattered and indirect bits and pieces of evidence with very few patches of satisfying detail. While the work's organization is sound, it also makes an abstract, often dry presentation that is foreign to the Egyptian mind, an inadvertent confirmation of the Meekses' exposition of the conceptual gap. They do not try to conceal the conjectural nature of much of their reconstruction, but perhaps it ought to be emphasized more heavily for the unwary neophyte. Nevertheless, this book does a good job of synthesizing, reconstructing, and explaining a very esoteric subject.?Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Siuda (Nebethet@aol.com) on September 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
As both an Egyptologist and student of the Egyptian religion, I found this book a welcome addition to my library as well. By presenting the "gods" as a family and writing the book as if they were studying a group or tribe of everyday mortals, much information is gleaned about the structure and organization of Egyptian religion and its expression that can be missed in more lofty, philosophically or theologically-oriented texts. Where else can you read about the bodily functions of a divinity? Bravo to the Meeks' for adding a "foundation level" to our understanding of this most beautiful faith structure.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 1996
Format: Hardcover
I am an Egyptologist, and I have read the manuscript of the English translation. This book is filled with a wealth of details missing from the other general books on Egyptian religion. It is my opinion that those wishing to read just one book on this subject will now have to read two: one of the other books, and this one
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sol1979 on July 21, 2012
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This is IT. If you want a book on egyptian religion, you must get this one. I don't think there's any other book out there so in depth like this one.
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