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The Sungod's Journey through the Netherworld: Reading the Ancient Egyptian Amduat 1st Edition

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"The Sungod's Journey Through the Netherworldis a unique examination of the Egyptian concept of the afterlife. It provides a window into the thought processes of this ancient civilization and their mythology.... Indeed this book opens new possibilities for examining the psychological foundations of ancient mythologies and the texts that describe them."―Robert D. Bates,Near East Archaeological Bulletin(2013)

About the Author

David Lorton, an Egyptologist, is the translator of many books, including Erik Hornung's books The Secret Lore of Egypt and Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, both from Cornell.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801448751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801448751
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thom F. Cavalli PhD on August 6, 2010
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I wish I could add as many stars as one finds in the tombs at the Valley of the Kings. This is a superb book that should be read slowly while sipping tea. Having just completed my own book on Osiris and all the research involved in that project, I thought it was time for a break. Instead, at the suggestion of a dear friend, I picked up The Sungod's Journey and could not put it down. While there are many excellent books on ancient Egypt, it takes someone as gifted as Andreas to recast old interpretations into a new and exciting paradigm. While Andreas stirs up his views of the Amduat in a Jungian vas, anyone with an appreciation for Depth will come away transformed after drinking down this powerful potion. Andreas keen insights, his alchemical allusions, eloquent writing and wisdom carefully guides the reader through the maze of the underworld, the duat, by one who knows the landscape. As the reader emerges from the darkness, he or she cannot but celebrate the transformation that has occurred. A simply brilliant book!Embodying Osiris: The Secrets of Alchemical Transformation
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By LR on March 17, 2016
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I used this book for a research paper. Very pleased with the comprehensive, well researched and immediately applicable information. One of the best introductions to the Books of the Amduat from a Jungian psychological persepective.
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This is one of the most profound books you could ever read about transformation. The author approaches it through a depth psychological perception of the Egyptian's beliefs about death, and how the netherworld journey was a transformation that resulted in rebirth. This book took me about ten months to read during a very difficult passage in my own life. But by the author's understanding of the religion of Ancient Egypt as well as the regenerative powers of the human unconscious, he has provide a map for rebirth, and given a symbol that would help anybody taking this trip. And to have a symbol will allow you to endure anything. Read this book carefully, let it work on you. Jung said, "Death surrounds life, like Night surrounds the day." And at times, the night will impose itself on your daytime consciousness. But it does not seek to destroy you, it seeks to transform your daytime consciousness into something richer and more profound. ....
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This book attempts to view and interpret the Amduat, the night journey of the Sun/Ra, through a psychological and Jungian perspective. That type of approach is right on. Egyptian motif and spirituality is highly symbolic and mystical. Modern archaeology really has no clue what Egypt was about. So if you are interested in really getting into Egypt this book must be on your list.

The books writing style is generally engaging. You can tell the author is a deep thinker and is trying hard to achieve a writing style that engages the reader. This is a fairly rare combination in archaeology books, especially those regarding Egypt. Most archaeologists convey a general conceit when the truth is more that they are ignorant of what is going on. This book takes a more realistic and open view to Egyptian motif and that is refreshing. So in general this book is a pleasant reading experience.

My concerns with the book are that if you have studied John Anthony West or Schwaller DeLubicz in the area of 'symbolist Egypt', or even of Stephen Mehler and Hakim Ayan or Mustapha Gadalla in the area of KMT, then you would frequently run into conclusions in this text that are either incorrect or inconsistent. The text frequently clings to false conclusions of standard archaeology OR fails to fully interpret the material into Jungian perspective missing huge clues that are right in the open. Heavy overtones from Christianity also frequently distract.

For examples of the clinging to standard archaeology in an inconsistent manner we come to the matter of pyramids as tombs. On page 6 (Immersion into Darkness) "Even more: the king was buried in the desert..." then in the next paragraph "The Egyptian pharaoh was buried in the dark interior of the monumental hill, that is, the pyramid".
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