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About the Author

Richard J. Reidy earned a Master's of Divinity degree in 1979. He is the founder of two temples in Northern California dedicated to researching, restoring, and enacting the authentic rituals of ancient Egypt. The author is a sought-after speaker on the Egyptian religious tradition and its legacy for modern times.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440192464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440192463
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His scholarship impresses me as very exacting, and extremely clear and approachable.
Van
He describes simple alterations that he has made to the rituals so that any of us can perform the rituals in our homes.
Bridget
I highly recommend this book to any one who wants to practice as authenically as possible!
Mary Lewis

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on February 16, 2010
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It can be challenging for the modern Kemetic reconstructionist to find a book on rituals. The majority of books on Egyptian Paganism tend to have strong Wiccan and Ceremonial Magic elements. There is certainly nothing wrong with these practices. However, an increasing number of Pagans are finding themselves called to worship the Egyptian Gods as they were worshiped in antiquity. Those of us who feel that calling have been left with few useful guidebooks. I believe that the publication of Eternal Egypt is a major step toward remedying this situation.

Reidy draws from credible scholarly sources for all of the rites contained in this book. There is no ritual utterance that is not cited, so that the reader can look up the reference themselves. His scholarship is of the quality that would be respected by an Egyptologist. However, it is clear that Egyptologists are not Reidy's target audience. His book is not written to merely satisfy anyone's intellectual curiosity about rituals. He provides practical guidance on how to actually go about performing the ritual, including comprehensive lists of materials needed, along with suggestions on how to make or obtain them. He describes simple alterations that he has made to the rituals so that any of us can perform the rituals in our homes. He is also very clear about which alterations he is making, and points the reader in the direction of the original sources so that they can read the original rituals in their entirety.

The book is described as "intermediate", and I do not argue with this description. The rituals are somewhat complex. However, I would encourage beginners who are serious about their path to study the rituals in conjunction with Reidy's commentaries on what they mean and why they are performed.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Michael on February 9, 2010
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Eternal Egypt is a gold mine of carefully researched and lovingly, conscientiously presented ritual liturgies for the modern Kemetic reconstructionist. Rarely am I this enthusiastic over a single source, but then again rarely have I found a book which manages to be at the same time academically responsible- with sources cited, and an abundance of endnotes- and presented in an easy-to-read fashion, geared toward the modern practitioner, and with so many practical applications.

This book is essentially a collection of rituals drawn from the records of ancient rituals inscribed on temple walls. The author has included descriptive notes about their enactment, along with brief discussions of the significance of each ritual and the sources from which they were drawn. These rituals have a distinctly traditional tone- they are presented much as they have been found written on temple walls. This author has worked with professional translations of original inscriptions, and endeavored to present these rituals in modern language which flows and preserves the beauty of the original works. There is a degree of completion in the rituals which I have not often seen elsewhere. The author mentions where a few things have been omitted, such as the presentation to the deity of specific pieces of jewelry and the like, which may have been prohibitively expensive and unattainable to the average modern practitioner- however these omissions are few, and as the sources for the rituals are given they are there for the enthusiastic reader to track down should you feel that you desire even more. There are also some simplified versions of important rituals given alongside the more in-depth versions.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HiC Luttmers on February 10, 2010
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Fantastic resource for kemetics or anyone looking to have a greater understanding, and an opportunity to practice, rituals that are authentically and accurately presented based on the ritual practices of the ancient Egyptians.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lewis on February 10, 2010
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This is an amazing book for any one that wants to use Egyptian rituals in the modern era. Richard Reidy is a wonderful scholar with a very readable writing style. Richard uses rituals taken from temple walls and provides commentary that helps a modern practitioner to use and understand these rituals in their homes. This book clearly shows and provides rituals that are effective as well as very meaningful. I highly recommend this book to any one who wants to practice as authenically as possible!
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