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Ancient Egyptain Religion Paperback – January, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486274276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486274270
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wyote VINE VOICE on September 8, 2001
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This book covers Egyptian religion from pre-historic times to Christianity. It covers the gods and the basic myths, the Horus-Isis-Osiris myths, the cult of the Pharoahs, spells and amulets of protection and healing and fertility, beliefs about the afterlife, and the spread of Egyptian religion in classical times. The illustrations are very helpful, and I feel I have learned from this book the basic elements of Egyptian iconography. I have also learned the basic significance of the main Egyptian gods and goddesses. Quirke is very good at identifying common misperceptions and correcting them. I recommend this book to people who are curious about the basics of Egyptian religion as well as to people who are travelling to Egypt and want to prepare themselves for the sights and museums. Unfortunately, it doesn't cover history or archaeology very well--i.e. it moves thematically rather than chronologically, and doesn't describe the main temples or ruins--and it can get a little dense in the middle. If you're more interested in history or archaeology than in fertility amulets, maybe there's a better book.
I haven't read "The Search for God in Ancient Egypt" by Jan Assmann, but I hear it's important for people who want to understand Egyptian religion.
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The multiple gods and goddesses, the temple rituals, the burial practices and the religious rules of Ancient Egypt seem very mysterious to us. The author places these mysteries in the context of Ancient Egyptian life. He explains them as a response to normal human needs and fears. Divided in 5 chapters, this book talks about all the gods - both the lesser known and the important ones - and their influence in the Ancient Near East and Greece. Well illustrated in black and white, this proves to be quite useful for travelers and students of Egyptology.
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Quirke's book is one of the few that cover all the major areas of Egyptian religion in roughly equal measure. (The other major one is Gods and Men in Egypt, which is more extensive but not as easy to read.) The first chapter is subtitled "The Sun-god", but it really describes a variety of themes in mythology and theology, often but not always closely related to the sun god. The second is about the myth of Osiris and his resurrection, with its profound influence on Egyptian ideology. The next discusses kingship and the official, organized religion that the king oversaw. The fourth chapter covers ordinary people's efforts to use divine power to ward off disaster, both through prayer and through a variety of rituals that we generally call "magic". The last one looks at afterlife beliefs, funerary texts, and funerary practices. The book doesn't delve much into deep theoretical issues, which makes it most valuable to the beginner needing an intelligible starting point.

Wyote's review is right that Quirke doesn't give a lot of the historical background. If you're not already familiar with the general outline of Egyptian history, Rosalie David's Religion and Magic in Ancient Egypt is organized chronologically and might make a good companion to this book. If you've finished this book and want more details on the subjects it covers, I recommend
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